Legal Aid Society Kicks Off Campaign for Equal Justice

(NASHVILLE, March 16, 2016) — The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands launched its 2016 Campaign for Equal Justice at a luncheon today in Nashville. Campaign Chair Trey Harwell of Neal and Harwell PLC announced that the campaign will seek to raise $827,000 to support free legal assistance across the region. “As lawyers we have the honor and responsibility to give back to the community and that is what Legal Aid Society is about – making a positive difference,” Harwell said.

The luncheon included a panel moderated by Lucinda Smith, director of Legal Aid Society’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, featuring women attorneys who have “pushed down doors” in the Tennessee legal field and advanced the mission of LAS. Panelists included Margaret Behm, principal at Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, Judy Bond-McKissack, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education, Judge Juliet Griffin, retired from the U.S. District Court, Middle District and Chancellor Carol McCoy, 20th Judicial District, Part II. The women shared their individual introductions to legal aid services, along with unique representation experiences serving in the then male-dominated field.

Forty seven law firms have already supported the campaign. Donations to the campaign may be made to the Campaign for Equal Justice, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, 300 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN, 37201-1103.

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

(From left) Lucinda Smith, Judge Juliet Griffin, Margaret Behm, Judy Bond-McKissack and Chancellor Carol McCoy participated in a panel featuring past LAS staff who have gone on to diverse legal careers.  (Photos by Liz Todaro of the Tennessee Bar Association)

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

Members of the 2016 Leadership Cabinet gathered following the Luncheon. 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

Trey Harwell, 2016 Campaign for Equal Justice Chair, welcomes supporters to the Kick Off Luncheon. 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

(From left) Past LAS staff and longtime supporters Nancy Corley, Charlie Warfield and Dot Dobbins at the luncheon. 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

(From left) Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization Executive Director Judy Bond-McKissack, LAS Volunteer Lawyers Program Director Lucinda Smith and West Tennessee Legal Services Executive Director Cathy Clayton gather following the Luncheon. 

 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

(From left) LAS Executive Director Gary Housepian, former Executive Director Ashley WIltshire and longtime LAS supporters Harris Gilbert and Charlie Warfield gather following the Luncheon. 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

(From left) Judge Juliet Griffin and Margaret Behm participated in the Campaign Kick Off Luncheon panel. 

2016 Legal Aid Society Luncheon

Legal Aid Society supporters and staff gather for the 2016 Campaign for Equal Justice Kick Off Luncheon and Panel. 

 

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