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

TBA Board Approves Medical-Legal Partnership Resolution

The TBA Board of Governors has adopted a resolution that "encourages lawyers, law firms, legal services agencies, law schools and bar associations to establish, develop and maintain medical-legal partnerships" in collaboration with medical and health care organizations. The resolution, which was recommended by the TBA Access to Justice Committee and the Medical-Legal Partnership Working Group, also won support from the TBA House of Delegates. The full resolution, accompanying report and materials are available on the TBA website.

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Legal Services Corp. Funding Cut to be Voted on Tuesday

Appropriations for the Legal Service Corporation for the next fiscal year is contained in the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which is set for a vote on the House floor on Tuesday. The committee mark up of the bill cuts LSC funding by 20 percent from the present $375 million to $300 million. An effort to eliminate all federal funding for legal aid and an effort to increase LSC funding beyond the committee level are also expected when the bill is considered. The TBA supports the funding level set in the administration budget proposal at $452 million. Supporters of this vital access to justice program should contact Tennessee members of congress urging a no vote on the zero funding proposal and a yes on any amendment to increase. For more detailed information, visit the ABA webpage on LSC funding. Watch for more in Monday’s issue of TBA Today. 

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