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.

Chair
Sherrard Roe Voigt Harbison PLC
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011
(615)742-4200
Immediate Past Chair
International Paper Company
6400 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38197
(901)419-3832

Law Students Get Public Service Lessons at ATJ Summit

Representatives from all six Tennessee law schools gathered in Nashville over the weekend with leaders from the access to justice community for the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit, hosted by Nashville School of Law and sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. About 30 people took part in the program, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Nashville School of Law Dean (and former Supreme Court Justice) William Koch.

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City Will Stop Jailing for Unpaid Fines

A federal class action lawsuit against Jackson, Mississippi, has been settled, ending a system of jailing people because they could not pay court fines. The suit was filed by the nonprofit civil rights group Equal Justice Under Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law on behalf of seven plaintiffs who were jailed due to inability to pay fines and fees imposed in misdemeanor cases. Under the settlement, defendants can pay their fines at a rate of $25 per month or perform community service and get a credit toward their debt at a rate of $9 per hour. News Channel 5 has the story.

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