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20 Tennesseans Attend Equal Justice Conference
National event offers opportunity for ATJ community to develop and improve legal services for underserved
The 2013 Equal Justice Conference attracted more than 700 people to its annual gathering in St. Louis, presented May 9-11 by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
Conference presentations and workshops focused on innovative delivery models, substantive legal issues and supportive resources available to improve access and eliminate barriers to legal services. Plenary sessions featured leaders in the national civil justice community, including Ramon Arias of Bay Area Legal Aid and Chief Justice Rick Teitelman of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Representatives from Tennessee's Access to Justice community had the opportunity both to attend events and to present on recent innovative program initiatives, such as OnlineTNJustice.org and aLEGALz.
For more information about the Equal Justice Conference, vist the ABA's website.
Conference attendees listened as featured speaker Ramon Arias, executive director of Bay Area Legal Aid, encouraged the legal service community to establish unique partnerships and build creative new programs that utilize technology and best practices.
Tennessee ATJ Commission Chair Buck Lewis presented to the National Meeting of State Access to Justice Chairs, held in conjunction with the Equal Justice Conference. Lewis spoke about OnlineTNJustice.org as part of the session titled "Pro Bono: New Developments, New State Approaches."
TBA Vice-President Jonathan Steen, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and ATJ Commission Chair Buck Lewis gathered following a presentation.
Members of the Tennessee Team attending the Equal Justice Conference.
From left: Liz Todaro, Malinda Lewis, Buck Lewis, Palmer Wiliams, Ann Pruitt, Tim Hughes, Samantha Sanchez, Justice Janice Holder, Jonathan Steen and Stewart Clifton.
Justice Janice Holder (center), Buck Lewis (far left), TALS Executive Director Ann Pruitt (far right) and staff from TALS led an information session for representatives from organizations interested in implementing versions of OnlineTNJustice.org in their communities.