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TALS Hosts Farewell Reception for Policy Director

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) is hosting a farewell reception for Lisa Primm on Nov. 28 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Primm, who has served as policy and training director for the organization, is leaving at the end of the month to become executive director of the Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee. The reception will be held at the TALS office at 50 Vantage Way, Suite 250, Nashville 37228. Download the invitation

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Legal Aid, Others Snag $500,000 Grant

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and 19 victim services providers have received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Nashville Post reports. The grant will fund a three-year initiative that will allow Legal Aid Society to help more than 1,320 low-income victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. These cases impact many areas of law and society, such as domestic relations, health, housing, federal taxation, public benefits, employment and education.

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Lipscomb Doc Series Explores Health Care Issues

Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs Film Series will present “The Waiting Room” Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Shamblin Theatre on campus. The film explores the nation’s health care system by weaving together the stories of patients and caregivers at a public hospital in Oakland. A panel discussion featuring Tennessee Justice Center director Gordon Bonnyman, medical student Italo Brown and veteran emergency room physician Harold Smith will take place before the screening.

Memphis Law Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Announces New Pro Bono Requirement

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law celebrated its golden anniversary on Oct. 27 by honoring both the school’s history and people who have been part of that history, including former deans, professors and alumni. Additionally, interim dean William Kratzke announced the school will institute a new pro bono requirement, which makes students complete a certain amount of pro bono legal work in order to graduate. Read more in The Memphis Daily News.

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Memphis Bar Foundation Grants Making an Impact

Within the last three years, the Memphis Bar Foundation has given the largest amount of grants to local causes in the foundation’s history, the Memphis Daily Press reports. The foundation awarded almost $44,00 to seven causes in 2010, $50,000 to eight groups in 2011, and $30,000 to nine groups in 2012. The foundation supported causes in four primary areas: scholarship, equal access to justice, professionalism, and lawyer assistance.

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DHS Awards Access to Justice Grants

Seven agencies throughout Tennessee have been awarded more than $200,000 as part of the Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Initiative. Funding came from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Access and Visitation grant program, intended to develop or support initiatives that will aid self-represented litigants in child support cases obtain access to and visitation with their children. The agencies awarded include: Community Legal Center, Juvenile Court of Shelby County/Memphis, Fayette County Sessions/Juvenile Court, Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Quality Time Project, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, and Southeast Tennessee Legal Services. Read more from the  Administrative Office of the Courts.

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UT Hosts Pro Bono Carnival

The University of Tennessee College of Law Pro Bono program hosted its second annual Pro Bono Carnival to help fund travel for students wishing to participate in Alternative Spring Break pro bono activities, providing much needed access to justice to the underserved. The carnival included food for sale, a silent auction, and the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to bid for the chance to pie their favorite professor. View video and pictures from the event.

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Landlord Tenant Clinic Wraps Up Pro Bono Month

Celebrate Pro Bono Month wraps up with a final event in Nashville Wednesday. Lawyers with Bass Berry & Sims PLC join forces with the Nashville Pro Bono Program and students with the Vanderbilt University Law School Legal Aid Society to help low income clients with landlord/tenant disputes. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon at Legal Aid, 300 Deaderick St. Lawyers interested in volunteering should call Lucinda Smith at (615) 780- 7127. Clients seeking assistance should call (615) 244-6610.

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Free CLE in Cleveland

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host a free CLE Tuesday in Cleveland on the topic of James Madison and the Constitution. The seminar will take place at 1075 Blythe Avenue SE, Suite 8, Cleveland 37311. Contact Charlie McDaniel for details.

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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.

See all events planned for Celebrate Pro Bono Month

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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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Memphis Bar Foundation Awards Grants, Inducts Fellows

The Memphis Bar Foundation recently awarded grants totaling $30,000 to nine non-profit organizations and inducted 42 new fellows. Organizations receiving grants were Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Memphis & Shelby County Inc., Community Legal Center, Exchange Club Family Center, Mediation and Restitution/Reconciliation Services (M.A.R.R.S.), Memphis Area Legal Services, Memphis Bar Association Diversity Committee for the Summer Law Intern Program, National Civil Rights Museum, and the Public Action Law Society at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. See a list of new fellows on the Memphis Bar Association’s website

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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.

See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events across the state

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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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