Study: Tenn. Attorneys Giving More Time to Help Others

Tennessee attorneys have nearly tripled the amount of time they give to pro bono work, the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission reports in a study released today. It found that 9,736 attorneys practicing in Tennessee provided 804, 9461 hours of pro bono in 2011, an average of nearly 83 hours per attorney and nearly triple the amount volunteered in 2009. “This is exactly what we had hoped to see,” Buck Lewis, chairman of the Access to Justice Commission, said. “The profession is stepping up and contributing more than ever before to assist those in need of legal services. It is extremely encouraging to see this level of participation.”