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

Legal Aid Conference Highlights Work of Judiciary

A three-day conference this week celebrating the Legal Service Corporation’s 40th anniversary brought out dignitaries such as Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but most of the gratitude went to state judges who are leading the way in efforts to increase public funding for unmet legal needs, the ABA Journal reports. Among the sessions offered was one led by New York Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who interviewed justices from nine state supreme courts. The jurists shared how they are working to increase public funding and find other ways to stem the crisis of unmet legal needs.

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Grant Will Fund ‘Know Your Rights’ Training for Immigrants

The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center/Immigrant Rights Project has received a grant of $8,830 from GiVE 365, The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’ dollar-a-day philanthropy program. The group will partner with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Memphis Immigration Advocates to provide compressive “Know Your Rights” training to immigrant communities in Memphis. Formed in 2010, GiVE 365 members donate $365 a year, pool their money, and vote on the annual grant recipients. A total of $62,600 was given this year to support collaborative nonprofit efforts, the Memphis Daily News reports.

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