Opinion: Modest Means Initiative Needs Cash

In one of several stories about the increased need for pro bono services, the Nashville Ledger argues that one particular program in the state needs immediate attention. That program is the Modest Means Initiative, funded largely by the Nashville Bar Association during its pilot phase. Now that the program is fully established, the association is looking for a new sponsoring agency and/or funding of $10,000 to $15,000 to continue the service. The program, designed to serve the working poor, charges a fee of $25 for a legal referral and caps lawyers’ fees at $75 per hour. Program founder and Nashville lawyer Jonathan Cole says there has been a “huge uptick in requests for these kind of services” but that the association cannot continue to fund it alone.