Celebrate Pro Bono Month

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 seventh year, the 2015 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. Nearly 400 volunteers are expected to participate in dozens of events and activities across the state that will offer assistance to more than 1,200 Tennesseans in need. Activities include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations 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.

In addition to traditional activities, this year the American Bar Association is hosting a nationwide Day of Service. During the week of Oct. 25-31, the ABA will recognize pro bono contributions made by lawyers across the country through a friendly competition and a social media blitz, with a big push for service on Oct. 30. Register your event as part of that effort then share your activities on social media with the hashtag #ABAdayofservice.

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 2015 honor roll, the TBA is seeking the names of lawyers and law students who volunteered with legal service organizations between Nov. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015. 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. 20. Email completed forms to TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro.

Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Program
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 in an online Honor Roll 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. Those who completed at least 50 hours of pro bono in calendar year 2014 should apply for the 2015 recognition by Nov. 30. Law firms should apply using this form. Read about and see photos from last year's recognitions.

2015 Celebrate Pro Bono Month Events

Celebrate Pro Bono Month events will be promoted in TBA Today and on the TBA website over the next several weeks. See an overview of the schedule below or download a full spreadsheet of activities:

Events Listed by Date (with details)

Events Listed by Region and City:




Events Listed by Date (quick view):

Oct. 1ChattanoogaLAET Pro Bono at DV Proclamation
Oct. 1FranklinMercy Legal Clinic
Oct. 1GreenevilleGreene County Bar Association Legal Clinic & LAET Pro Se Clinic
Oct. 1MemphisMALS Legal Clinic
Oct. 1MemphisSTRUT! Memphis: Fundraiser for Community Legal Center
Oct. 3KnoxvilleLAET Legal Clinic
Oct. 3NashvilleTBA YLD Wills for Heroes Clinic
Oct. 5MaryvilleLandlord and Tenant Clinic
Oct. 6ClevelandLAET Legal Clinic
Oct. 8ChattanoogaJuvenile Court Legal Clinic
Oct. 8ChattanogaLAET Legal Clinic
Oct. 8CookevilleUpper Cumberland YLA/TBA YLD Legal Clinic
Oct. 8MemphisMALS Legal Clinic
Oct. 9Johnson CityVeterans' Stand Down Event
Oct. 10KnoxvilleLAET Legal Clinic
Oct. 10MemphisMBA Saturday Legal Clinic
Oct. 10MemphisTBA YLD Wills for Heroes Clinic
Oct. 12MemphisMBA Access to Justice Commitee Celebration
Oct. 13ChattanoogaFamily Justice Center Legal Clinic
Oct. 13ClevelandBradley County Bar Association Legal Clinic
Oct. 13NashvilleBaker Donelson Walk In Clinic
Oct. 13NashvilleJFON U Visa Training & Happy Hour for Pro Bono Volunteers
Oct. 14NashvilleJFON Montgomery Bell Academy Volunteer Opportunity
Oct. 15ChattanoogaHall of Fame Pro Bono Recognition Event
Oct. 15KingsportKingsport Bar Association Legal Clinic
Oct. 15MemphisMALS Legal Clinic
Oct. 15MemphisProject Homeless Connect Legal Clinic
Oct. 15NashvilleJFON DACA Training & Legal Clinic
Oct. 16ElizabethtonCarter County Community Fair
Oct. 17ChattanoogaChattanooga Bar Association YLD Legal Clinic
Oct. 17MurfreesboroLegal Aid Society Legal Clinic
Oct. 17NashvilleMetro Nashville Public Schools/NBA Legal Clinic
Oct. 17NashvilleJFON U Visa Legal Clinic
Oct. 20ChattanoogaHealth Empowerment Legal Clinic
Oct. 20Oak RidgeLegal Aid Society Legal Clinic
Oct. 20NashvilleNashville Predators Celebrate Pro Bono!
Oct. 21NashvilleNashville School of Law Virtual Legal Clinic
Oct. 21NashvilleOperation Stand Down Legal Clinic
Oct. 22MemphisMALS Legal Clinic
Oct. 22MemphisMBA YLD/AWA/Ben Jones Restoration of Rights CLE
Oct. 22NashvilleLegal Aid Society/NBF Leadership Forum Casa Azafran Legal Clinic
Oct. 23KingsportLAET Pro Se Clinic
Oct. 24KnoxvilleLAET Legal Clinic / InterFaith Clinic
Oct. 24NashvilleLegal Aid Society McHugh Legal Clinic
Oct. 26MemphisUniversity of Memphis School of Law Virtual Legal Clinic
Oct. 27JacksonRegional Inter-Faith Association Legal Clinic
Oct. 27JonesboroughSenior Center Estate Planning Legal Clinic
Oct. 27NashvilleVanderbilt Law School Virtual Legal Clinic
Oct. 28NashvilleTN Supreme Court & ATJ Commission's Pro Bono Awards Ceremony
Oct. 29MemphisMALS Legal Clinic
Oct. 29MemphisPro Bono Reception
Oct. 30NashvillePro Bono & Public Interest Law School Summit
Oct. 30MemphisNational Veterans Legal Services Seminar
Oct. 31GallatinTBA YLD Wills for Heroes Clinic
Oct. 31MaryvilleLAET Legal Clinic

ATJ - Access to Justice
AWA - Association for Women Attorneys
DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
JFON - Justice for Our Neighbors
LAET - Legal Aid of East Tennessee
MALS - Memphis Area Legal Services
MBA - Memphis Bar Association
NBF - Nashville Bar Foundation
TBA - Tennessee Bar Association
YLA - Young Lawyers Association
YLD - Young Lawyers Division

Missing Events?
Please let the TBA know if there is an event that should be included on the 2015 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. Want to participate in the ABA's Day of Service challenge? Register your event and then share news with the hashtag #ABAdayofservice.

Legal Assistance All Year
Those needing legal assistance throughout the year can take advantage of several resources. Bar associations and legal aid organizations across the state hold standing legal clinics throughout the year. Low-income Tennesseans also have two resources they can tap into at any time through OnlineTNJustice.org -- a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association that matches individuals with volunteer attorneys -- and a toll-free telephone hotline at 888-HELP4TN or (888) 395-9297.