Celebrate Pro Bono Month Kicks off Tuesday

Every year, Tennessee lawyers help thousands of clients by providing free legal advice. This assistance is especially celebrated and emphasized throughout the month of October, as part of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Celebrate Pro Bono Initiative. Now in its fifth year, the initiative brings together bar associations, law schools, law firms, legal services providers and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer. This year's celebration is expected to involve more than 300 volunteers -- including lawyers, law students, paralegals and language interpreters -- in dozens of events and activities across the state. The effort is part of a national pro bono push.

Low-income Tennesseans also have two resources they can tap into at any time through OnlineTNJustice.org -- a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association that matches individuals with volunteer attorneys -- and the toll-free aLEGALz hotline at (888) 253-4259.

Want to hold a pro bono month event in your community? The ABA provides a list of of possible pro bono projects, while pro bono organizations in Tennessee offer opportunities for partnership. Learn more at the links above. And please, let the TBA know if you have an event that is not listed online.