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
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
401 Commerce Street Ste 800
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)782-2223
Immediate Past Chair
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 Third Ave. South, Suite 2800
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)742-6285
Vice-Chair
International Paper Company
6400 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN 38197
(901)419-3832

Tenn. Report Shows 42% of Attorneys Doing Pro Bono

The Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission has released the 2013 Pro Bono Report, which catalogs pro bono programs and initiatives taking place in the state. The report indicates that approximately 42 percent of attorneys licensed in Tennessee reported doing some pro bono work during 2012. These attorneys reported 672,976 total hours of pro bono service, an average of 73.8 hours per attorney reporting pro bono work, well above the national average. The report also describes the significant work being done by bar associations, law schools, legal aid organizations and faith-based communities across Tennessee and includes information from some of the nearly 70 legal organizations that have adopted pro bono policies. The report, along with the recently updated ATJ Commission Strategic Plan, provide a thorough overview of pro bono and related civil legal services access issues in Tennessee.

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ABA President Talks Pro Bono During Memphis Visit

ABA President James R. Silkenat was in Memphis today to speak with the Memphis Rotary and tour the city, including a visit with the editorial board of the Memphis Business Journal and a stop at Memphis Area Legal Services. According to the Business Journal, at each of his stops, Silkenat addressed one of the most pressing questions facing the legal profession: how to find jobs for all the new lawyers coming out of law school. Silkenat believes the answer may be to find ways to make pro bono work more attractive to new graduates. "We are working on ways to get young lawyers to engage in pro bono work. So many of our citizens have never even met a lawyer or can't afford a lawyer. It would seem natural to put those two together and find the funding to make that work."

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Access to Justice Committee Events

Wills for Heroes Clinic - Maryville 2014

Event Types: 
Pro Bono Activity
Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014 (All day)

Sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division, the Wills for Heroes program provides wills, powers of attorney and other end-of-life documents for first responders in the state of Tennessee. To get involved or to request a clinic in your area, please contact Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter.

Event Contact:
Ashley Bentley
(865) 927-8389
ashley@legaltennessee.com

Wills for Heroes Clinic - Bristol 2014

Event Types: 
Pro Bono Activity
Date: 
Saturday, May 31, 2014 (All day)

Sponsored by the TBA Young Lawyers Division, the Wills for Heroes program provides wills, powers of attorney and other end-of-life documents for first responders in the state of Tennessee. To get involved or to request a clinic in your area, please contact Wills for Heroes Committee Chair Brad Carter.

Event Contact:
Rachel Ralston Mancl
(423) 378-8871
rmancl@hsdlaw.com