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Event Friday Celebrates Role of Mediation

The Nashville Conflict Resolution Center and Southern Word will hold an event Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rocketown, 601 4th Ave. S. The spoken word event “Only You(th) Can Stop the Violence” will feature original poetry written and performed by Nashville youth. The center is dedicated to helping individuals and families resolve conflict through mediation and find long-term solutions to relieve overcrowded courts and reduce the burden on taxpayers. For more information, contact Sara Figal, 615-333-8400.

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2 Clinics Planned for Oct. 22 in Memphis

Two legal clinics will take place in Memphis Oct. 22. The Midtown Legal Clinic, sponsored by Memphis Area Legal Services, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Ave. To volunteer or for questions, email midtownlegalclinic@gmail.com. From noon to 4 p.m., the Community Legal Center, Latino Memphis, Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and World Relief team up to host a “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” clinic to help children and young adults apply for the federal program. The clinic will be held at Latino Memphis, 6041 Mt. Moriah Rd. Spanish language skills are not required. Come at noon for a volunteer training session and lunch. Contact Emily Stotts with any questions.

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Free TennCare Training Offered Oct. 24-25

Lawyers interested in learning more about handling TennCare cases are invited to attend a web-based training session hosted by the Tennessee Justice Center. Topics include how the Affordable Care Act affects Tennesseans, navigating the TennCare process and using work-arounds to address complex issues. On Monday, Oct. 24, the webinar will run from 1 to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the webinar will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register for each day if you plan to attend both. Review the program agenda.

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Legal Clinic Offered at Project Homeless Connect

A legal clinic to serve homeless individuals will take place Thursday in Memphis as part of Project Homeless Connect, which offers a range of services and resources for the homeless. The clinic will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Lawyers are needed to serve clients during two shifts: (1) 8:30 a.m. to noon and (2) noon to 3:30 p.m. No follow-up representation will be necessary. Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided to volunteers. Contact Chris Martin to volunteer.

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Address Corrected for Legal Aid Office

A Celebrate Pro Bono news item in the Oct. 13 issue of TBAToday had an incorrect address for the Oak Ridge office of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. The group is holding a legal advice tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at its offices at 575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Volunteers are still needed. For more information or to help contact Jarod Wood, 865-483-8454 or 800-483-8457.

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KBA Golf Tournament Set for Next Week

The Knoxville Bar Association will host its annual charity golf tournament Monday at Holston Hills Country Club. Individual and team registrations have closed but corporate sponsors are still needed. Funds raised at the tournament will be used for the various charitable endeavors of the Barristers, including programs from its Hunger & Poverty Relief Committee.

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Boot Camp to Train Lawyers for Clinic Work

On Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. the Memphis Bar Association will hold a Legal Clinic Boot Camp for those who want to learn the basics of how to advise clients in legal clinic settings. The program, which will be held at the MBA office at 145 Court Ave. #301, will highlight the four most common issues that arise with pro bono clients. It also will provide three hours of free CLE credit if attendees agree to take a pro bono case. Learn more or register online. E-mail knewsom@memphisbar.org with any questions.

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Legal Clinic Next Tuesday in Nashville

Lipscomb University's Institute for Law, Justice & Society will host a legal clinic Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 600 28th Ave. N., Nashville 37209. The clinic will be advice-only clinic with no expectation that you take on continuing representation. Each volunteer will receive an informational packet that address common legal clinic questions. Contact Randy Spivey, 615-966-2503, with the institute for more information or to volunteer. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place this month.

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Butler Snow Lawyer to Head Legal Aid Campaign

Butler Snow lawyer Julie Watson Lampley will serve as chair of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice, its annual fundraising effort. Lampley is an attorney and assistant practice group leader for the health care regulatory and transactions group in the firm’s Nashville office. She also serves on the firm’s executive committee. The 2017 campaign is expected to raise more than $800,000.

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Lawyers Included in Most Admired CEO List

The Nashville Business Journal has released its list of the 2016 Most Admired CEOs. Legal leaders on the list are Charles Bone with Bone McAllester Norton and Gary Houspian with Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

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Volunteers Needed for Oak Ridge Clinic

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will hold a legal advice clinic in Oak Ridge Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. The clinic will take place at the group’s office at 575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201. Volunteers are needed. For more information or to help contact Jarod Wood, 865-483-8454 or 800-483-8457.

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3 Wills for Heroes Clinics Planned

The TBA Young Lawyers Division has three Wills for Heroes clinics planned during Celebrate Pro Bono Month. The first will take place Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Public Library in Memphis. The second will take place Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon. The third will take place Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin Police Department in downtown Franklin. Volunteers are needed for all events. Get details and contact information for each clinic on the TBA.org website.

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Fundraiser to Benefit Memphis Legal Group

The Community Legal Center (CLC) will host its primary fundraiser of the year on Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis. STRUT! 2016 will feature a fashion show, food, drinks and a live band. Proceeds raised through a wine pull, giving wall and silent and live auction will benefit the work of the CLC. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online. Law students can buy discounted tickets for $25 each.

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Legal Clinic Set for Saturday in Nashville

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will hold a legal clinic Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Office of English Learners, 615 Fessey Park Rd. Volunteers should contact Lucinda Smith for more information.

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‘Super’ Saturday Bar Planned for this Weekend

The Knoxville Barristers Access to Justice Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the 2016 Super Saturday Bar in Blount County this coming Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The clinic will be held at the Blount County Library, 508 North Cusick St. in Maryville. Those interested in volunteering should contact Kathryn Ellis or Daniel Ellis. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place this month.

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Country Stars to Host Drug Court Fundraiser

Country music stars Clint Black and John Rich will headline a benefit concert Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. for the Davidson County Drug Court, Cherished H.E.A.R.T.S. (which provides counseling, housing and drug treatment for trafficking victims) and Grace Empowered (a court-ordered prostitution intervention program run by the Nashville District Attorney General’s office). The event and music showcase will be held at Mt. Richmore, the home of John and Joan Rich, the Administrative Office of the Courts announced today. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet service will be provided. Dress is country glam. Tickets are $500 and are tax-deductible.

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Volunteers Needed for Legal Clinic Tuesday

Volunteers are still needed for the Lipscomb University legal clinic Tuesday from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Schrader Lane Church of Christ, 1234 Schrader Ln., Nashville 37208. This is an advice-only clinic with no expectation that lawyers take on continuing representation. Volunteers will receive an informational packet that addresses common legal clinic questions to assist in helping clients. Contact Randy Spivey, 615-966-2503, with the Institute for Law, Justice and Society for more information or to volunteer. See a list of all Celebrate Pro Bono events taking place this month.

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Pro Bono Recognition Set for Oct. 25 in Nashville

The Tennessee Supreme Court will hold its Pro Bono Recognition event for Middle Tennessee on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Belmont University College of Law, 1900 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 37212. The free event is open to those who have completed the requirements for the court’s pro bono recognition program and their guests. Contact Anne-Louise Wirthlin or Patricia Mills at 615-741-2687 or ATJInfo@tncourts.gov for more information.

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Chattanooga Lawyers Honored for Pro Bono Service

Two Tennessee lawyers will be inducted into the Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s (LAET) Pro Bono Hall of Fame at an Oct. 18 event in Chattanooga. Chief Justice William M. “Muecke” Barker and Chancellor Howell Peoples are being honored for their long-term commitment to pro bono representation, increasing access to justice and support for LAET. Justice Barker served on the Tennessee Supreme Court for 10 years and Chancellor Peoples served as the first Legal Services Corporation funded legal aid lawyer in Chattanooga. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the LAET offices, 535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360. The celebration is free and will be hosted by former TBA President Marcy Eason. For more information or to RSVP, contact Paige Evatt.

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Innocent Man Released After Serving 24 Years in Prison

A Wisconsin man who served 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit is now free. A judge vacated Darryl Holloway's sexual assault conviction Tuesday, after new DNA ruled him out as a suspect. "Make better choices before convicting people," Holloway said in addressing the crowd upon his release. "Make sure you got the right evidence. Because when you do this, people lose, everybody loses." Holloway's release came about thanks to the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which worked to overturn his conviction. Watch the video from WMCActionNews5.

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Public Interest Law Firm Seeks Staff Attorney

Memphis Public Interest Law Center (MPILC) is a public interest law firm seeking a staff attorney to provide civil legal representation to Latino and Hispanic victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and related crimes in the Memphis area. The attorney will be responsible for handling proceedings in various areas of the law, including but not limited to: orders of protection, divorce, child custody, child support, landlord-tenant disputes and consumer matters. Read the details in this job description and apply to Jamie Johnson at jmjohnson@mpilc.org. The position will remain open until filled.

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Nashville Law Schools to Host Virtual Advice Clinics

Two Nashville law schools are holding virtual legal advice clinics using Tennessee Free Legal Answers (formerly OnlineTNJustice), a web-based resource for low-income individuals seeking legal help. The Nashville School of Law (NSL) will host a clinic on Oct. 12 and Vanderbilt Law School will host one on Oct. 18. For more information or to volunteer at the NSL clinic, please contact Stacey Angello at stacey.angello@NSL.law. For the Vanderbilt event, contact Rachel Johnston at rachel.s.johnston@vanderbilt.edu.

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Blaze to Be Honored by LAET

Douglas A. Blaze will be inducted into Legal Aid of East Tennessee's (LAET) Donald F. Paine Memorial Pro Bono Hall of Fame at the upcoming Forging Justice Celebration. Blaze serves as the director of the Institute for Professional Leadership at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The LAET event will be Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville. Tickets are $35.

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Legal Clinic for Veterans to Be Held in Memphis

A free legal clinic for veterans will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Veterans Center at 1407 Union Ave., 11th floor. This clinic is co-sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services and takes place every second Tuesday to assist veterans with legal advice. For more information and to volunteer, contact Jake Dickerson at jdickerson@bakerdonelson.com.

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West Tennessee Events

In honor of Pro Bono month, Memphis Access to Justice will debut its rebrand – 2SLAC (2nd Saturday Legal Aid Clinic) this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. in Memphis. Co-sponsors are the MBA Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Section. Volunteer attorneys are especially needed in the following areas: family law, bankruptcy/debt, consumer law, employment, landlord-tenant and probate. Volunteers can contact Anne Fritz, 901-527-3575. Next Tuesday, Memphis area attorneys and law students are teaming up to provide free legal aid at the Cossitt Library Pro Bono Clinic, 33 S. Front St. from 3 to 5 p.m. Learn more or sign up or contact David M. Cook to learn more. 
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