Celebrate Pro Bono Month 2016

Free Legal Assistance Offered, Celebrated Each October in Tennessee

October is “Celebrate Pro Bono Month” and Tennessee lawyers are joining their colleagues across the country to provide free legal services to those in need and honor the good work performed by lawyers every day as part of the annual National Pro Bono Celebration. Now in its eighth year, the 2016 statewide Celebrate Pro Bono Month brings together legal services providers with local bar associations, law schools, law firms and individual lawyers to offer free services to those unable to afford a lawyer. Hundreds of volunteers are expected to participate in dozens of events and activities across the state that will offer assistance to Tennesseans in need. Activities include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations, celebrations and other events. Hosting or volunteering at a Celebrate Pro Bono Month event? Be sure share to share it on social media with the hashtag #CelebrateProBono.

Pro Bono Recognition Programs

TBA Pro Bono Honor Roll
Every year, Tennessee lawyers help thousands of clients by providing free legal assistance. Though the month of October is an opportunity to focus attention on the significant need for pro bono services as well as celebrate the outstanding work of those who volunteer, the TBA honors those who give their time throughout the year in its annual Pro Bono Honor Roll. For the 2016 honor roll, the TBA is seeking the names of lawyers and law students who volunteered with legal service organizations between Nov. 1, 2015, and Oct. 31, 2016. Please complete this form with the name and county of those who gave time during the last year. The deadline for submitting names is Nov. 18. Email completed forms to TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro.

TN Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Program for Attorneys, Law Students & Firms
The Tennessee Supreme Court launched an initiative in 2014 to honor attorneys and law students who complete 50 or more hours of pro bono service each year. Those who meet the goal are named “Attorney for Justice” or “Law Student for Justice” by the court, are listed online and are honored at events across the state. Law firms that averaged 50 or more hours of pro bono service per attorney also may apply for recognition. The program is entirely voluntary and based on self-reporting using individual attormey annual registration or this form. Law firms should apply using this form. Attorneys and law offices already recognized for their pro bono service in 2016 are listed on the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice website


2016 Celebrate Pro Bono Month Events

Celebrate Pro Bono Month events will be promoted in TBA Today and on the TBA website throughout the month.

Here is an overview of scheduled Celebrate Pro Bono Events. 

Events Listed by Date (quick view):

Oct. 1KnoxvilleKnoxville Super Saturday Bar (LAET)
Oct. 1NashvilleBringing Justice to You 
Oct. 1NashvilleMusic City Community Court
Oct. 1NashvilleMeet Us at the Bridge
Oct. 1Johnson CityWashington County Bar Clinic
Oct. 4MemphisProclamation Ceremony at City Hall
Oct. 5ChattanoogaLAVPA Volunteer Bugle Call & Happy Hour
Oct. 5MaryvilleCLE on Pro Bono Legal Services (Blount County Bar Association)
Oct. 6FairviewGraceWorks West Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 6FranklinMercy Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 6MemphisThursday Afternoon Legal Clinic (MALS)
Oct. 7Kingsport/BristolSullivan County Courts Pro Se Day
Oct. 7Johnson CityVeterans' Stand Down Event
Oct. 8BristolBristol Bar Clinic
Oct. 8Mountain CityJohnson County Bar Clinic
Oct. 8MemphisMBA Saturday Legal Clinic (2SLAC)
Oct. 8TullahomaCoffee County Bar Association Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 11ClevelandBradley County Pro Bono Advice Clinic (LAET)
Oct. 11DunlapSenior Citizen Center Community Presentation (LAET)
Oct. 11MemphisCossitt Library Pro Bono Clinic
Oct. 11MemphisVeterans' Legal Clinic (MALS & MBA)
Oct. 11NashvilleSecond Tuesday Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 11ShelbyvilleLAS Intake/Brief Advice Clinic
Oct. 12NashvilleNashville School of Law Virtual Legal Clinic
Oct. 12PikevilleFirst Southern Baptist Church Community Presentation (LAET)
Oct. 13ChattanoogaChild Support Clinic (LAET)
Oct. 13FairviewGraceWorks West Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 13MemphisThursday Afternoon Legal Clinic (MALS)
Oct. 14McMinn CountyOpen Door Pro Bono Intake (LAET)
Oct. 15MaryvilleBlount County Super Saturday Bar (LAET)
Oct. 15MemphisJustice for All Ball (MALS)
Oct. 15MurfreesboroLAS Legal Advice Clinic
Oct. 15NashvilleMNPS Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 18ChattanoogaLAET Pro Bono Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Oct. 18JasperFirst Baptist Church Community Presentation (LAET)
Oct. 18Marion CountyOpen Door Pro Bono Intake (LAET)
Oct. 18NashvilleVanderbilt Law School Virtual Legal Clinic
Oct. 18NashvilleLipscomb Legal Clinic
Oct. 18Oak RidgeOak RIdge Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 19Marion CountyOpen Door Pro Bono Intake (LAET)
Oct. 19MemphisMBA Legal Clinic Boot Camp
Oct. 19NashvilleOperation Stand Down Tennessee Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 19JonesboroughWashington County Pro Se Day
Oct. 20ClevelandAOC Divorce Clinic (LAET)
Oct. 20FairviewGraceWorks West Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 20KingsportKingsport Bar Clinic
Oct. 20MemphisThursday Afternoon Legal Clinic (MALS)
Oct. 20MemphsProject Homeless Connect
Oct. 21MadisonvilleMonroe County Open Door Pro Bono Intake (LAET)
Oct. 21-23KnoxvilleAppalachian Environmental & Social Justice Conference
Oct. 22KnoxvillePro Se Divorce (without Children) Legal Clinic (LAET)
Oct. 22MemphisMidtown Legal Clinic (MALS)
Oct. 22MemphisWills for Heroes Clinic (TBA YLD)
Oct. 22MemphisDACA Clinic (CLC) 
Oct. 22MurfreesboroRutherford County Saturday Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 24 - 25 NashvilleTJC "Navigating TennCare" Training
Oct. 24NewportCLE on Pro Bono Legal Services (Cocke County Bar Association)
Oct. 25AltamontGrundy County Intake/Brief Advice Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 25NashvilleTN Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Event (Middle TN)
Oct. 25KnoxvilleKBA Corporate Counsel & Family Law Sections PRO BONO Night
Oct. 27ChattanoogaDIY Pro Se Divorce Clinic (LAET)
Oct. 27FairviewGraceWorks West Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 27Johnson CityJohnson City Housing Senior Fair
Oct. 27MemphisThursday Afternoon Legal Clinic (MALS)
Oct. 28KnoxvilleLAET's Forging Justice Event
Oct. 29CookevilleLAS Legal Advice Clinic
Oct. 29NashvilleMcHugh Legal Clinic (LAS)
Oct. 29LebanonWills for Heroes Clinic (TBA YLD)
Nov. 1LynchburgMoore County Intake/Brief Advice Legal Clinic (LAS)
Nov. 3MemphisSTRUT! Memphis 2016 (CLC)
Nov. 4NashvilleLAVPA Volunteer Bugle Call & Happy Hour
Nov. 10ChattanoogaProject Homeless Connect (LAET)
More information about regional and ongoing clinics is available here:
ATJ - Access to Justice
AWA - Association for Women Attorneys
TJC - Tennessee Justice Center
YLA - Young Lawyers Association
YLD - Young Lawyers Division
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Missing Events?
Please let the TBA know if there is an event that should be included on the 2016 Celebrate Pro Bono Month calendar.

Want to Host a CPB Event?
Want to host a Celebrate Pro Bono Month event in your community? Several organizations in Tennessee offer opportunities for partnership.

Share Activities on Social Media
Hosting or volunteering at a Celebrate Pro Bono Month event? Be sure share to share it on social media with the hashtag #CelebrateProBono.

Legal Assistance All Year
Low-income Tennesseans have helpful resources they can tap into at any time through the year. The website Help4TN.org and a toll-free telephone hotline at 888-HELP4TN or (888) 395-9297 both offer information and access to referrals and legal advice and TN Free Legal Answers matches individuals with volunteer attorneys. Bar associations, the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission and legal aid and community organizations across the state also support standing legal clinics throughout the year.