Access to Justice Committee

The Access to Justice Committee develops and implements policy and initiatives to assist lawyers, the organized bar, law schools, legal services organizations & pro bono programs in providing access to the justice system for the poor & marginalized.

International Paper Company
6400 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38197
Immediate Past Chair
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
401 Commerce Street Ste 800
Nashville, TN 37219
Sherrard & Roe PLC
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011

Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala Set for March 7

The TBA Access to Justice Committee, in partnership with the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, will host the Ninth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala March 7 at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville. Law firms, corporations and individuals are invited to support the event by becoming sponsors or purchasing tickets. Presentation of the 2015 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative (CCPBI) awards – which recognize the Tennessee law firm and corporate legal department that best exemplify a commitment to access to justice – also will take place at the event. Nominations for the awards are being accepted through Nov. 14. CCPBI engages corporate counsel and in-house lawyers in pro bono work. Since the inception of the program, more than $425,000 has been raised and distributed to organizations across the state that connect corporate lawyers to local pro bono projects.

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Steen Urges Commitment to Pro Bono From Law Students

TBA President Jonathan Steen encouraged law students to make a commitment to pro bono and public interest work during the Pro Bono and Public Interest Law School Summit this weekend in Memphis. The Jackson attorney spoke about the significance of making an intentional commitment to pro bono and public interest work, even as students and young lawyers. The conference was hosted by the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, the TBA’s Access to Justice Committee and the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Focus of this year’s event was on encouraging conversation and planning about the needs, opportunities, challenges and possibilities surrounding pro bono work and related access to justice issues. See photos and read more from the conference.

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