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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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'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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Former AG to Speak at UM Law School

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will be the first speaker in this year’s SBA Speaker Series hosted by the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys Law School in conjunction with the University of Memphis International Law Students Association. Gonzales will speak on “Public Service and the Law.” The event will be held at noon Wednesday in the law school’s Historic Courtroom. Read the full press release here.

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LAET Hosts Open Door Intake Friday

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host an “Open Door” Intake this Friday at 1:30 p.m. for citizens to receive free legal counsel. The event will be held at the McMinn County Courthouse, 6 East Madison Avenue in Athens. Contact Charlie McDaniel for more information. View full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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Memphis Law to Host Mental Health Symposium

The University of Memphis School of Law Mental Health Law and Policy Journal wiil host a Lawyers as Problem Solvers and Mental Health Symposium on Thursday and Friday.

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Memphis Bar Hosts CLE, Happy Hour, Fundraiser

The Memphis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division will host a CLE, happy hour and fundraiser from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Crescent Club, 6075 Poplar Ave #909.

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Greenhouse Ministries Legal Clinic Thursday in Murfreesboro

A free legal clinic will take place tomorrow and every Thursday at Greenhouse Ministries during Celebrate Pro Bono Month, hosted by the Rutherford-Cannon County Bar Association. The Clinic is open to all members of the public regarding as many legal areas as the lawyers present have the expertise to share. The event is located at 309 South Spring St, Murfreesboro from 4-6 p.m. Contact Andrae Crismon for details.

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Seniors Education and Outreach Program Thursday in Athens

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host a Seniors Education and Outreach Program ay the McMinn Count Senior Center Thursday at noon. The event will take place at 205 McMinn Ave. in Athens. Contact Charlie McDaniel for more information. Click here to view a full list of Celebrate Pro Bono Month events.

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700 Pro Bono Events Scheduled Nationwide

Much like lawyers in Tennessee, attorneys across the country are honoring their responsibility to the legal profession and local communities by participating in annual pro bono celebrations. Nationally, the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring National Pro Bono Celebration, Oct.21-27,  as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month.

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Lawyers Partner with Operation Stand Down at Clinic for Veterans

The Nashville Pro Bono Program and lawyers from Neal & Harwell, in partnership with Operation Stand Down Nashville, will provide counsel and referral to veterans at a clinic Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m., at 1125 12th Ave. South, Nashville. Clients must pre-register by contacting Tonya S. Glasgow at tonya@osdnashville.org or (615) 248-1981. Lawyers may contact Lucinda Smith at lsmith@las.org or (615) 780-7127 for more information.

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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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