Court's ATJ Commission Hosts Faith-Based Initiative Summit

Over 100 religious leaders and legal professionals gathered at Lipscomb University's Ezell Center on April 7 for the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Summit. The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance (TFJA), an initiative of the Supreme Court's Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission, is an alliance of faith-based groups in Tennessee that commit to providing legal resources to their congregations and communities. TFJA provides partnership, outreach, training and support to participating organizations.

The summit included presentations from ATJ Commissioner Billye Sanders, who also serves as chair of the Faith-Based Initiative Committee; Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder; and Randy Spivey, academic director for Lipscomb's Institute for Law, Justice & Society. Attendees also heard from Bruce Strom and Paul Monterio, national leaders in the movement to build partnerships between religious and legal organizations.

The ATJ Commission asked each summit participant to commit to volunteer with an existing initiative or work to implement a new legal program in their faith community. TFJA is a key aspect of the ATJ Commission's 2014 Strategic Plan. Photos by Liz Todaro.

Faith Based Initiative

Over 100 religious leaders and legal professionals from across the state gathered at Lipscomb University for the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance Summit. 

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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder (left) and former TBA Presidents Jackie Dixon, also a TBA ATJ Committee member, and Gail Ashworth, a member of the ATJ Commission. 

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Reverend Edwin C. Sanders II, founder of Nashville's Metropolitian Interdenominational Church (left), summit speaker Bruce Strom, ATJ Commissioner Billye Sanders, who also serves as chair of the Faith-Based Initiative Committee and Rev. James Davis from Mt. Zion Baptist Church. 

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Randy Spivey, academic director for Lipscomb's Institute for Law, Justice & Society (left) and Andy Branham, TBA Access to Justice Committee member. 

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Linda Warren-Seely, director of Private Attorney Involvement at Memphis Area Legal Services and Dr. Ken Letterman, pastor at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

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Bruce Strom, president & CEO of Gospel Justice Initiative and founder of Administer Justice.

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Paul Monteriero, partner at Value Partnership and former associate director of President Obama's Office of Public Engagement.

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Anne-Louise Wirthlin, Access to Justice Coordinator for the Administrative Office of the Courts. 

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Lauren Barter and Sofia Hernandez (left), advocates from the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence and Adrienne Kittos, legal director at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors. 

 

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For more information about the ATJ Commission and the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance visit www.JusticeForAllTn.com