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Legal Clinics Wednesday Include Landlord/Tenant Disputes

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands will host two legal clinics on Wednesday as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. First, the Nashville Pro Bono Program partners with lawyers from Walker, Tipps & Malone to provide counsel and referral to low-income individuals at the Martha O'Bryan Center Legal Clinic. The event is from 9 a.m. until noon at the Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 South 7th St., Nashville 37206. Then, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Nashville Pro Bono Program, Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and lawyers from Bass Berry & Sims will partner in the Landlord/Tenant Project, meeting with low-income clients to provide help in landlord/tenant disputes. The event, which requires an appointment, is at the Legal Aid Society, 300 Deaderick St., Nashville. For information on either event, contact Lucinda Smith at lsmith@las.org  or (615) 780-7127.

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MBA Hosts Pro Bono Recognition Event

The Memphis Bar Association (MBA) on Tuesday will present Entertaining Motions 2012, a parody of Memphis legal life, to benefit access to justice efforts. The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., will also feature award presentations to area volunteers. Those being honored include Monroe David, Maureen Holland, Lisa Leach, J. Michael Fletcher, Allen Malone, Linda Harris, Chris Martin and James Warner. The law firm of Littler Mendelson is also set to be recognized. The event will take place in the auditorium at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 South Dudley. To attend, contact Mary Lynes at (901) 271-0660 or mlynes@memphisbar.org or Charlotte Gean (901) 527-3575 or ckgean@memphisbar.org.

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Free Legal Clinic in Memphis Saturday

As part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month, the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services are hosting a monthly legal clinic this Saturday at Ben Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event will last from 10 a.m to noon. It is free and open to the public. Contact Linda Seely for more information. See a list of all events here

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TBA YLD and Local Bar Host 'Wills for Heroes'

This Saturday, the Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association will host Wills for Heroes, a free legal clinic that provides basic wills, living wills and health care and financial powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses/partners. The event will run from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Smyrna Town Center, 526 North Walnut St. in Murfreesboro. For more information, contact event organizer Aimee Luna.

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LAET Hosts Two Legal Clinics Saturday

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) will host two free legal clinics on Saturday -- one in Chattanooga and one in Knoxville. The Chattanooga clinic will be at Hope for the Inner City, 1800 Roanoke Ave. Those interested in more information should contact Charlie McDaniel. The Knoxville event will take place at 502 South Gay St., Suite 404. Contact Terry Woods to learn more. Both clinics will run from 9 a.m to noon, and are free and open to the public. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono Month events

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TJC Launches Raising the Bar Campaign

The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) has launched Raising the Bar, a fundraising campaign to connect Nashville-based legal service organizations with law firms throughout the state. The campaign is a pledge program that encourages firms to support the TJC through three-year donation commitments. Founding firms include: Bass, Berry & Sims; Bradley Arant Boult Cummings; Waller; Bone McAllester Norton; Burr & Forman; Harwell, Howard, Hyne, Gabbert & Manner; Sherrard & Roe; and Stites & Harbison. Read the full press release here

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Free Legal Clinic at Greenhouse Ministries

The Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association will host a free legal advice clinic for the public tomorrow from 4-6 p.m. at Greenhouse Ministries, 309 South Spring St. in Murfreesboro. Contact Andrae Crismon for more information. The event is part of the month-long Celebrate Pro Month initiative. See a list of all events here

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LAET Hosts Pro Bono Hall of Fame

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) will host its Pro Bono Attorney Hall of Fame reception and induction ceremony tomorrow in Chattanooga. The event begins at 5 p.m. at 535 Chestnut St., Ste. 369. For more information, contact Charlie McDaniel.

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Legal Aid Holds Clinic Tomorrow

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands will host a free clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. The event will take place at the Martha O’Bryan Center, 711 South 7th Street, Nashville 37206. For information contact Lucinda Smith at lsmith@las.org or (615) 780-7127. Other partners include the Nashville Pro Bono Program and the law firm of Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC. See the full list of this month's events

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Tuesday Legal Clinics to Help with Mortgages, Homelessness, More

Four legal clinics will take place on Tuesday as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month.

• West Tennessee Legal Services will host a Mortgage Rescue Clinic at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium St., Jackson 38301, from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Kathryn Tucker.

• The Homeless Experience Legal Protection (“HELP”) clinic will be in Memphis at the Hospitality Hub, 146 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, from 1 to 3 p.m., also on Tuesday. The goal of the clinic is to provide legal advice and help that would ultimately get people off the street or to provide a solution to a problem that possibly led them to homelessness. The clinic is co sponsored by Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and the TBA Young Young Lawyers Division. To help, contact Joann Coston-Holloway.

• Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host an Open Door Intake in Madisonville, beginning at 9:30 a.m. For details, contact Charlie McDonald.

• And the Nashville Pro Bono Program and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will staff the Second Tuesday Walk-in Clinic at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 300 Deaderick St., Nashville. Clients should arrive at 4:30 p.m. and lawyers will be there from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Lucinda Smith. See the full list of this month's events

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Open-Door Legal Clinic Set for Monday

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host an “Open-Door” intake clinic in Cleveland on Oct. 8, in which citizens can meet with attorneys and receive free legal counsel. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at 1075 Blythe Ave., SE, Suite 8, Cleveland, TN 37311. Contact Charlie McDaniel for more information. See a list of all this month's Celebrate Pro Bono events

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Komisar Named Panel Lawyer of the Year

The Federal Public Defenders Office recognized Nashville attorney David Komisar as Panel Lawyer of the Year at the 21st Annual Panel Appreciation Banquet, which honors court-appointed private attorneys who represent federal defendants. Komisar is a Nashville native and graduate of the University of Memphis law school. The Tennessean has the full story.

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Court Adopts Forms for General Sessions Courts

The Tennessee Supreme Court today adopted a set of six forms for use in General Sessions Courts. The forms were first proposed by the General Sessions Judges Conference in June 2011 after consultation and assistance from the Tennessee Bar Association Creditor’s Practice Section. The court’s Access to Justice Commission provided more review during the public comment period and later worked with the Commission on further revisions. The order today includes an appendix with forms for:
1. Protected Income and Assets (Affidavit of Claim Exemptions)
2. Request to Make Payments (Motion and Affidavit for Installment Payment and Order)
3. Request Not to Pay Fees for Appeal (Pauper’s Oath in Lieu of Appeal Bond)
4. Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order (Uniform Civil Affidavit of Indigency)
5. Request to Protect Income and Assets (Motion to Quash Garnishment/Execution and Claim Exemption Rights)
6. Sworn Denial (Sworn Denial on Account)

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Free Legal Clinic in Morristown

A free legal clinic will be held in Morristown on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by Hamblen Legal Link, will take place at 1125 W. First North St., Ste. A. For details contact Dale Darby by email or by phone at (423) 307-6198 See all events planned for Celebrate Pro Bono Month

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Free Legal Clinic in Murfreesboro

The Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association hosts a free legal clinic Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Greenhouse Ministries, 309 South Spring Street, Murfreesboro. Contact Andrae Crismon at (615) 890-0905 or acrismon@las.org for more information.

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Education Program for Seniors Thursday

An education and outreach program will be offered for seniors at noon Thursday in Gruetli-Laager. The event is sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee. For details, contact Charlie McDaniel at (423) 756-4013 x 1113 or cmcdaniel@laet.org. The program is one of more than 40 events planned across the state this month.

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Memphis Event Features Bill Courtney

Join former football coach Bill Courtney for breakfast tomorrow beginning at 8 a.m. and stay for pro bono training. The training session, presented as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month, will focus on handling debt collection, pro se divorce forms and employment issues at legal clinics. The Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, Community Legal Center and University of Memphis School of Law host the event in the Ball Reading Room of the law school. Contact Linda Seely or Callie Caldwell for details. 

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Pikeville Event for Seniors Wednesday

An education and outreach program will be offered for seniors at noon Wednesday in Pikeville. The event will be sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee. For details, contact Charlie McDaniel. See all the events planned for Celebrate Pro Bono Month

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Legal Clinic at Martha O'Bryan Center on Wednesday

The Nashville Pro Bono Program, with lawyers from Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC, will provide advice and referral to people with low incomes at a Wednesday legal clinic at the Martha O'Bryan Center, 711 South 7th St., in Nashville. The event is 9 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Lucinda Smith at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands.

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LSC Group Recommends New Ways to Enhance Pro Bono

A task force charged with finding innovative ways to enhance pro bono service in the face of decreasing legal aid funding is presenting the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) with a list of proposals that include: forming a professional association of pro bono coordinators at LSC-funded organizations; asking Congress to create a new Pro Bono Innovation/Incubation Fund; and developing a fellowship program for new graduates and emeritus lawyers designed to build support for civil legal services and pro bono within firms, law schools and the legal profession. The task force also recommends asking bar leaders, the judiciary, and others to permit judges to recruit and recognize pro bono attorneys, consistent with their ethical obligations; allow lawyers to take on limited-representation matters or unbundle services; and allowing lawyers to take on pro bono matters in jurisdictions other than those in which they are licensed to practice. Learn more from the LSC

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EJU Presents Awards, Provides Education

More than 150 lawyers and advocates involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee gathered last week at Paris Landing State Park for Equal Justice University, an annual educational program sponsored by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA). The event also celebrated two individuals dedicated to providing access to justice in Tennessee -- Nashville lawyer Margaret L. Behm and Adrienne Kittos from Justice for Our Neighbors.

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Equal Justice University 2012

TALS & TBA co-sponsor annual event promoting & celebrating access to justice.

On Sept. 26 - 27, 2012, more than 150 lawyers, advocates and students involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee gathered at Paris Landing State Park for Equal Justice University, an annual educational program sponsored by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA). 

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'Celebrate Pro Month' to Offer More Than 50 Events

Today kicks off Celebrate Pro Bono Month in Tennessee. In its fourth year, the initiative brings together bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal services providers and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer. This year, more than 300 volunteers -- including lawyers, law students, paralegals and language interpreters -- are expected to participate in dozens of events and activities across the state. Here is what's on tap for Tuesday:

• Legal Aid of East Tennessee hosts a Seniors Education and Outreach Program at noon at 535 Chestnut St., in Chattanooga. Contact Charlie McDaniel for more information.

• The Nashville Pro Bono Program and lawyers from Waller will staff an Assisted Pro Se Divorce Clinic at the Nashville office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands. Clients should arrive at 4:30 p.m. for the clinic that runs 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Lucinda Smith.

• The Nashville Bar Association hosts its monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program, where volunteer lawyers answer questions from anyone calling (615) 242-9272 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information contact Wendy Cozby.

• The Nashville Pro Bono Program, with lawyers from Community Health Systems and the Williamson County Bar Assocation, will provide advice/counsel and referral to people with low incomes at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin. Clients should arrive at 5:30 p.m. for the event that runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lucinda Smith.

See more than 50 events planned for the month here.

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Pro Bono Month: State's Lawyers Step Up to Help

Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the national Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities will include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and other events. The initiative kicks off with four legal clinics on Oct. 2, with more than 40 events planned across the state during the month. Last year more than 350 volunteers assisted more than 1,100 clients. "Though the legal community generously donates pro bono services year-round, this special focus is designed to ensure that those in our communities who need free legal help know where to find it,” TBA President Jackie Dixon said.

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TBA Announces Fourth Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Month

Tennessee lawyers to offer free legal services across the state in October

NASHVILLE, Sept. 27, 2012 — Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the national Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities will include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and other events. The initiative kicks off with four legal clinics on Oct. 2, with more than 40 events planned across the state during the month.

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