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Court to Kick Off #Help4TNDay

The Tennessee Supreme Court will kick off #Help4TNDay on March 21 with five press conferences in five cities across the state. #Help4TNDay, planned for April 1, aims to educate the public about free legal advice events as part of its Access to Justice Initiative, in which Tennesseans are invited to get free civil legal help online or in person at walk-in clinics near them. There will also be educational events across the state where people can learn about their legal rights and how to resolve disputes without going to court. Visit the Help4TN website to learn more about the program, as well as the date, time and place of events.

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Court to Kick Off #Help4TNDay

The Tennessee Supreme Court will kick off #Help4TNDay on March 21 with five press conferences in five cities across the state. #Help4TNDay, planned for April 1, aims to educate the public about free legal advice events as part of its Access to Justice Initiative, in which Tennesseans are invited to get free civil legal help online or in person at walk-in clinics near them. There will also be educational events across the state where people can learn about their legal rights and how to resolve disputes without going to court. Visit the Help4TN website to learn more about the program, as well as the date, time and place of events.

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More Than 150 Law Firm Leaders Urge Continued LSC Funding

After a proposed Trump administration budget put funding for the Legal Services Corp. (LSC) on the chopping block, more than 150 law firm leaders in all 50 states sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget yesterday to push against the cuts. The American Lawyer reports that the letter references the large amount of pro bono work that firm lawyers are able to do by working alongside legal aid agencies funded by the LSC. Representing Tennessee on the letter are Ben C. Adams of Baker Donelson; Todd J. Rolapp of Bass, Berry and Sims; and Matthew R. Burnstein of Waller Lansden.
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Gatlinburg Wildfire Free Legal Clinic Planned for March 27

Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the Sevier County Bar Association will host a free legal clinic for the survivors of the Gatlinburg wildfires on March 27. Clients are expected to need advice with consumer/debt issues, insurance, tax problems, government benefits and more. The clinic will take place at the conference center of the Greystone Lodge on the River, 559 Parkway, from 1 – 5 p.m. For more information or to sign up to help, contact LAET’s Knoxville office at (865) 637-0484.

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LAS Hosts Campaign Kickoff Luncheon

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice with a luncheon today in Nashville. The event celebrated the pro bono work of Tennessee attorneys and previewed what was to come for the year. The keynote speaker was Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins, who talked to the crowd about the importance of humility in a lawyer’s personal and professional life. Citing leaders like famed basketball coach John Wooden, the recently passed Sen. Douglas Henry and the man Bivins called his personal hero, Sen. Howard Baker, Bivins urged members of the legal community to remain humble. “We are never too important to treat every person with dignity,” Bivins said.
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Volunteers Needed for March 14 Legal Clinic in Nashville

The Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice and Society will host a free legal clinic at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at Schrader Lane Church of Christ, 1234 Schrader Lane in Nashville, and attorneys are needed to volunteer. Those who are available should contact Randy Spivey.

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Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala Highlights Access to Justice Work

Tennessee lawyers helped raise nearly $50,000 to help legal aid programs in the state at the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala Saturday in Nashville. Over the past 11 years, the event has raised more than half a million dollars in support of pro bono efforts that engage in-house and corporate counsel. The program featured remarks from Michael Sposato, deputy general counsel for Caterpillar Inc., Davidson County Chancellor Bill Young and Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, as well as TBA President Jason Long and other leaders from the TBA Access to Justice Committee. This year’s event was hosted by Bass, Berry & Sims and honored outstanding law firm and legal departments. This year, Waller, DeRoyal Industries, Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law and the City of Knoxville were honored for their efforts. See photos from the event or learn more about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.

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Bar Foundation Chooses IOLTA Grant Recipients

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and the Tennessee Justice Center were among those awarded IOLTA grants by the Tennessee Bar Foundation for 2017. Among the 29 organizations given grant funding this year, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Memphis Area Legal Services and West Tennessee Legal Services were also awarded top grants. The recipients are chosen through a very competitive process, according to Executive Director Barri Bernstein. Proposals are reviewed by a 14-member committee, which makes recommendations to the Foundation’s 12-member Board of Trustees, who make the final call.
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MALS Nets Diversity Award

Memphis Area Legal Services received the AutoZone Excellence in Diversity Award at the Inaugural Unity in Diversity awards banquet, hosted by the Benjamin L. Hooks Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association last Thursday. MALS’ Executive Director Harrison D. McIver III said that diversity “is a part of our fabric – a core value that is viewed as a strength that permeates our culture as reflected in staffing and programming decisions.”
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Law Dean Credits Trump for Growing Respect for Lawyers

Lawyers who jumped into action to help those affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration are rising in popularity, at least among those who oppose the policy, the ABA Journal writes. This growing respect for lawyers has led one law school dean to see opportunity. Brooklyn Law School president and dean Nicholas Allard says law schools can build on recent events and highlight the importance of lawyers “to the defense of our rights, the pursuit of justice, and the preservation of our Republic.” Allard writes, “President Trump has made lawyers the breakout stars in the early days of his new administration.”

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Law Dean Credits Trump for Growing Respect for Lawyers

Lawyers who jumped into action to help those affected by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration are rising in popularity, at least among those who oppose the policy, the ABA Journal writes. This growing respect for lawyers has led one law school dean to see opportunity. Brooklyn Law School president and dean Nicholas Allard says law schools can build on recent events and highlight the importance of lawyers “to the defense of our rights, the pursuit of justice, and the preservation of our Republic.” Allard writes, “President Trump has made lawyers the breakout stars in the early days of his new administration.”

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Free LSAT Prep Course Offered to Help 'Level Playing Field'

A nonprofit online platform known for its large library of interactive math courses, today announced it will offer free Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) practice materials, working with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC). The LSAC will provide financial support for the platform designed by Khan Academy. “We wanted to level the playing field and make law school accessible to all who are interested in pursuing law," Lily Knezevich, the LSAC’s senior director of test development, told the ABA Journal. 

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DOJ Changes Course in Voting Rights Case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday dropped a claim that a strict voter ID law in Texas was enacted with discriminatory intent, according to the ABA Journal. Opponents had argued the restrictions on which IDs were acceptable were intended to benefit Republicans and white voters who tend to support them.The Justice Department said it was dropping the claim to allow time for Texas lawmakers to consider a bill that would allow more types of IDs. A lawyer representing one of the plaintiffs in the case, Danielle Lang, said that the dropped claim "is a complete 180-degree turn."

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DOJ Changes Course in Voting Rights Case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday dropped a claim that a strict voter ID law in Texas was enacted with discriminatory intent, according to the ABA Journal. Opponents had argued the restrictions on which IDs were acceptable were intended to benefit Republicans and white voters who tend to support them.The Justice Department said it was dropping the claim to allow time for Texas lawmakers to consider a bill that would allow more types of IDs. A lawyer representing one of the plaintiffs in the case, Danielle Lang, said that the dropped claim "is a complete 180-degree turn."

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DOJ Changes Course in Voting Rights Case

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday dropped a claim that a strict voter ID law in Texas was enacted with discriminatory intent, according to the ABA Journal. Opponents had argued the restrictions on which IDs were acceptable were intended to benefit Republicans and white voters who tend to support them.The Justice Department said it was dropping the claim to allow time for Texas lawmakers to consider a bill that would allow more types of IDs. A lawyer representing one of the plaintiffs in the case, Danielle Lang, said that the dropped claim "is a complete 180-degree turn."

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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Saturday

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, will host an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected and volunteers are still needed. The clinic will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Amber Floyd to volunteer. Other services that will be provided onsite include job interviews, voter registration and CPR training.

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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Saturday

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, will host an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected and volunteers are still needed. The clinic will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Amber Floyd to volunteer. Other services that will be provided onsite include job interviews, voter registration and CPR training.

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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Saturday

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, will host an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected and volunteers are still needed. The clinic will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Amber Floyd to volunteer. Other services that will be provided onsite include job interviews, voter registration and CPR training.

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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Next Weekend

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected as this series of clinics has been very well-attended in the past. The clinic will take place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Those who are able to volunteer should contact Amber Floyd.
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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Next Weekend

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected as this series of clinics has been very well-attended in the past. The clinic will take place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Those who are able to volunteer should contact Amber Floyd.
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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Next Weekend

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for an expungement clinic in Nashville on March 4. A high turnout of clients is expected as this series of clinics has been very well-attended in the past. The clinic will take place at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Antioch, 2261 Murfreesboro Pike, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Those who are able to volunteer should contact Amber Floyd.
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Clinic for Wildfire Victims Planned for Monday

Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the Sevier County Bar Association will work together to again host a free legal clinic for the survivors of the Gatlinburg wildfires on Monday, Knoxnews reports. The clinic will take place at the conference center of the Greystone Lodge on the River, located at 559 Parkway, from 1 – 5 p.m. For more information, contact LAET’s Knoxville office at (865) 637-0484.
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ABA President Supports LSC Amid Reports of Cuts

After the Legal Services Corporation was included in a “hit list” of programs named by the White House budget office, American Bar Association President Linda Klein issued a statement to express her staunch support of the program, The ABA Journal reports. Klein said that “our nation’s core values are reflected in the LSC’s work in securing housing for veterans, freeing seniors from scams, serving rural areas when others won’t, protecting battered women, helping disaster survivors back to their feet, and many others.”
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Volunteers Needed for Nashville Legal Advice Clinic

Volunteers are still needed for the Lipscomb/St. James Legal Advice Clinic on Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The clinic will be held at the St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 600 28th Ave. North in Nashville. It will be an advice-only clinic with no expectation that volunteers take on continuing representation. Contact Randy Spivey to volunteer or learn more.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Promotes Statewide #HELP4TNDAY

The Tennessee Supreme Court announced today a series of free legal advice events as part of its Access to Justice Initiative, in which all Tennesseans are invited to get free civil legal help online or in person at walk-in clinics near them. #HELP4TNDAY, as it's called, will kick off in mid-March with press conferences in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson and Chattanooga, where communities will hear from Tennessee Supreme Court justices as well as Tennesseans who have been helped through the program. The events will continue through mid-April. Visit www.help4tn.org to learn more.

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