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Real Property Training for Lawyers

Celebrate Pro Bono events continue Tuesday with a seminar in Nashville designed to help lawyers avoid costly mistakes when handling real property issues in divorce, elder law and probate cases. The session, co-hosted by the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and Vanderbilt University Law School, will run from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. The event will take place in the school’s Flynn Auditorium, 131 21st Ave. South, Nashville 37203. Contact Kelly Murray for details.

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Vanderbilt, Legal Aid Make News for Partnership

Many patients at Vanderbilt University’s Shade Tree Clinic are there because of chronic health conditions that are aggravated by where and how they live. In addition to medical treatment, these individuals usually need some kind of entry into the legal or court system to resolve those issues. A medical-legal partnership between the clinic and the Legal Aid Society in Nashville is helping bridge that gap. A story in the Nashville Ledger looks at the collaboration and how it is working to improve the prevention side of medical care.

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Comments Sought on Parenting Plan Pro Se Form

For almost two years, the Parenting Plan Subcommittee of the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has been working on a plain language version of the Permanent Parenting Plan. The TBA's Family Law Section and Access to Justice Committee also have been involved in the process. The project is now in its final stages and comments are being solicited from practioners. Interested lawyers may review the draft parenting plan form, instructions and tips for familes online. Comments and suggestions should be submitted by Oct. 31 to Claudia Lewis by email at claudia.lewis@tncourts.gov or by fax at (615) 741-6285. 

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CPB Clinics Scheduled in Nashville Tomorrow

Lawyers in Nashville will participate in two pro bono clinics tomorrow. The first will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Legal Aid Society, 300 Deaderick St. Lawyers interested in volunteering should contact Lucinda Smith at (615) 780- 7127. Clients should call (615) 244-6610 for details. The second clinic, sponsored by Justice for Our Neighbors, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and Connexion Americas, is by appointment only. Contact Adrienne Schlichtemeir at adrienne.tnjfon@gmail.com for details.

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Two Events in Memphis Tomorrow

Lawyers in Memphis will participate in two pro bono events tomorrow. The first, which will run 9 to 11:30 a.m., will take place in the parking lot of the Lewis Senior Citizens Center, 1188 North Pkwy. In case of rain, the clinic will move to the Community Bible Church at 601 North Bellevue. The second event, which also will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m., will take place at Greenwood CME Church, 3311 Kimball Ave. This program is a community seminar featuring various attorneys and paralegals speaking on a variety of legal topics. Contact Nakeshia Hawkins at n.hawkins@law.fcsl.edu for more information.

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Firms Invited to Learn about 'Pillar Law Firm' Program

Law firms in East Tennessee are invited to an informational meeting, sponsored by the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission's Pro Bono Advisory Committee and the Knoxville Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee, to learn more about the "Pillar Law Firm Model" -- a program designed to increase firm involvement in pro bono services. Attendees will hear from Terry Woods, director of the Pro Bono Project for Legal Aid of East Tennessee; Access to Justice Commission Chair Buck Lewis; and representatives from firms who are participating in the program. The event will be held Oct. 30 from 4 to 5:15 p.m., at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Room 237, 1505 W. Cumberland Ave. For more information, contact Wynne du Mariau Caffey.

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Legal and Health Clinic Set for Memphis

Memphis Area Legal Services will provide free legal services in conjunction with the Community Bible Church’s health fair on Saturday. The fair will take place at the Lewis Senior Center, 1188 North Pkwy., Memphis. Please contact Linda Seely at (731) 217-8013 or lseely@malsi.org for more information.

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Two Clinics Scheduled in East Tennessee

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will hold its regular Knox County Saturday Bar and Blount County Saturday Bar clinics this coming weekend. Both clinics take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The Knoxville clinic will take place at the agency’s office at 502 South Gay St., Suite 404. The Blount County clinic will take place at New Hope Blount County Children's Advocacy Center, 212 Cates St., Maryville. Contact Terry Woods at (865) 637-0484 or twoods@laet.org for details about either event.

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Legal Advice Clinic on Tap in Cookeville

The Legal Aid Society and the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association will provide free legal advice and referrals to low-income individuals Saturday at the Arcade Building, 9 South Jefferson Ave., Suite 102, Cookeville. Contact Rachel Moses at (931) 528-7436 or rmoses@las.org for details.

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Conservatorship Training Offered in Memphis

Memphis Area Legal Services will offer conservatorship training for lawyers in Memphis tomorrow at 2 p.m. The session will take place at the offices of International Paper. Please contact Linda Seely at (731) 217-8013 or lseely@malsi.org for more information.

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Celebrate Pro Bono 2012 Wraps Up Next Week

Tennessee lawyers have been offering 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 have included legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and celebrations. Events continue through Oct. 31. See the list of all events scheduled across the state.

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Fashion Show to Benefit Community Legal Center

The Community Legal Center will host Strut! Memphis, a fashion show fundraiser hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Memphis. The event will take place Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at 5389 Poplar Ave. To purchase tickets, visit the CLC website.

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Murfreesboro Clinic Set for Thursday

The Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association will host its weekly free legal clinic from 4 – 6 p.m. on Thursday at Greenhouse Ministries, 309 South Spring St, Murfreesboro. Contact Andrae Crismon for more information.

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Memphis Law to Host Pro Bono Fair

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Public Action Law Society will host a Pro Bono Fair Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the School of Law Student Lounge. Contact Callie Caldwell for more information.

Cleveland Community Legal Clinic Set for Thursday

The Bradley County Bar Association and Cleveland Bradley County Public Library will host a Community Legal Forum to discuss issues related to deed transfers and reverse mortgages. The event will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, Main Branch, 795 Church St NE. For more information, call (423) 472-2163, etc. 126.

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LAET to Host Divorce Clinic

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) will host a Divorce Clinic Thursday at 3 p.m. free and open to the public. It will be located at 535 Chestnut St, Suite 360 in Chattanooga. For more information, contact Charlie McDaniel. View a full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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Legal Clinic Wednesday for Hispanic Community

The Nashville Pro Bono Program and Catholic Charities will host a free legal clinic Wednesday at Catholic Charities, 3112 Nolensville Pike, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to provide advice/counsel/referral to members of the Hispanic community. Interpreters available as necessary. For more information. contact Lucinda Smith of the Legal Aid Society.

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Free Legal Clinic for Homeless

Baker Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC will host a free legal clinic called H.E.L.P to provide advice/counsel and representation specifically to homeless women and men. The Nashville clinic will be held Wednesday at Room in the Inn, 705 Drexel St. Lawyers need to arrive at 8:30 a.m., clients at 9 a.m. To volunteer, contact Jill Suwanski. Click here to view a full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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Justice Outlines Access to Justice Efforts to Law Students

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and Access to Justice Commission Chair Buck Lewis spoke to University of Tennessee College of Law students about court Access to Justice efforts, and the commission’s upcoming two-year plan.

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Martha O’Bryan Center Hosts Legal Clinic

The Nashville Pro Bono Program, Martha O’Bryan Center, and Walker, Tipps & Malone PLC will host a legal clinic at the Martha O’Bryan Center, 711 S. Seventh St., from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday. The clinic will provide advice/counsel and referral to low-income individuals. Contact Lucinda Smith of the Legal Aid Society for more information.

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WTLS to Host Free CLE Program

West Tennessee Legal Services is hosting a free Continuing Legal Education course on National Mortgage Settlement this Wednesday at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, 197 Auditorium St., from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Kathryn Tucker. See a full list a Celebrate Pro Bono Month Events.

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'Justice for our Neighbors' Legal Clinic Tomorrow

TIRRC and Connexion Americas will host the Justice for Our Neighbors free legal clinic Saturday at the Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 5112 Raywood Ln. in Nashville. Appointments are required. Contact Adrienne Schlichtemeir to register.

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Free Legal Clinics on Tap in Cleveland, Murfreesboro

The Bradley County Bar Association will host its monthly free legal clinic tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at the Refuse Community Center, 1075 Blythe Ave. Suite 8 in Cleveland. Contact Charlie McDaniel for more information. Also tomorrow, the Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association and Legal Aid Society will host a clinic at Higher Ground Worship Center, 2424 Yearwood Ave. in Murfreesboro. For more information about that event, contact Andrae Crismon. Both events are free and open to the public.

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TBA, Belmont to Host Entertainment Law Clinic

The TBA Entertainment & Sports Law Section and Belmont Law School will hold a free Arts & Entertainment Law Clinic on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at Portland Brew in East Nashville, 1921 Eastland Ave. For more information, contact Casey Summar.

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'Bringing Justice to You' Forum this Saturday

This Saturday at 9 a.m., Metro Nashville Public Schools, the criminal court clerk and the public defender's office will host a forum titled “Bringing Justice to You” at Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, 904 26th Ave. North. This general information session is free and open to the public but you must pre-register for individual consultations. Contact Robin Trollinger for more information.

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