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
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
Staff Director
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)277-3233

MALS Presents B. Taylor Gray with Pro Bono Award

Memphis Area Legal Services last week presented The W.J. Michael Cody Access to Justice Award to B. Taylor Gray at the Memphis Bar Association Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a private attorney who has furthered the vision of "Justice for Those in Need" and has supported MALS' mission of providing excellence in legal advocacy for those in need. Gray represented several MALS clients in adoption proceedings and provided many hours of free legal support. He also was instrumental in establishing Bass, Berry & Sims as a Pillar Law Firm, which means the firm has agreed to be the first point of contact in MALS' efforts to place pro bono cases with private attorneys.

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New TBJ: How the 38-Year 'Geier' Case Changed Higher Education

Follow the 38-year legal battle to secure educational opportunity for African-Americans in Tennessee's public colleges and universities, in this issue. Written by C.A. Gonzalez, who was the mediator and court's monitor in the case, the article explains all the twists, turns and intrigue of the famous Geier case that changed everything. Also, TBA President Lucian T. Pera explains what he sees as a market failure for lawyers as well as what the solutions could be. In a feature article, Tennessee's 1865 Constitution and "the return of civil government" is examined by former TBA President Sam D. Elliott. Read the December Tennessee Bar Journal.

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