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Tickets Available for Memphis ‘Justice for All Ball’ Benefit

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will host its annual Justice for All Ball benefit at Ballet Memphis on Oct. 28. The evening will include live music by the Soul Shockers, food by Iris and a silent auction. Tickets are available for purchase on the MALS website.
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Free Legal Advice Clinic in Oak Ridge Oct. 17

October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month, and all month long the TBA will be highlighting pro bono opportunities and events for Tennessee attorneys. A free legal clinic will be held in Oak Ridge on Oct. 17 at the Legal Aid Society. The clinic will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 575 Oak Ridge Turnpike. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee at (865) 483-8454. See more Celebrate Pro Bono events statewide here.

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LAET to Honor Pro Bono Award Winners

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) hosts its annual Pro Bono celebration on Oct. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville. The event, entitled “Forging Justice,” will honor attorneys and law firms who have made a significant impact in access to justice work. The highlight of the evening will be the induction of Terry J. Woods into the Donald F. Paine Memorial Pro Bono Hall of Fame. Woods served at LAET’s Central Region Pro Bono Director from 2000 until her retirement in 2016. Also honored will be Tyler Sims as Pro Bono Law Student of the Year, Cheryl Rice as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, the Volunteer Ministry Center as Pro Bono Community Partner of the Year, and London & Amburn as Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. Contact Kathryn Ellis at (865) 637-0484 for more information.
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Join MALS for a Free Legal Clinic on Oct. 21

Memphis Area Legal Services and Idlewild Presbyterian Church are teaming up to host the Midtown Legal Clinic in Memphis on Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer legal professionals will be on hand to assist those in need with legal issues. The clinic will be held at the church, located at 1750 Union Ave, but people of all beliefs are welcome. Those who are interested in volunteering or have questions should email midtownlegalclinic@gmail.com.
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2SLAC Pro Bono Legal Clinic Planned for Saturday in Memphis

A pro bono legal clinic held on the second Saturday of each month, 2SLAC, will be held this week in Memphis. The clinic will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Volunteer attorneys will give legal advice on a range of issues, from divorce to employment law. To volunteer, email afritz@memphisbar.org.
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Virtual Legal Advice Clinics Planned for October

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) has several virtual legal advice clinics coming up in partnership with Tennessee law schools. On Oct. 24, one will be held with the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. To volunteer or get more information, email Josie Holland. The University of Tennessee College of Law will host one on Oct. 26, and Julia Hale is the person to contact to volunteer. Vanderbilt Law will host its on Oct. 30 from noon to 1:10 p.m., and Patty Walton is the contact. More clinics are expected in the following months.
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Get Ready for Full Week of 'Pro Bono and Faith'

In honor of Pro Bono Month, the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance will be hosting the first annual statewide Pro Bono & Faith Days from Oct. 21 to Oct. 29. All houses of worship and faith-based partners are encouraged to plan and participate in a form of pro bono work or an equal justice project during the week. That participation may take various forms as fits the local community. Please contact kimi.dement@tncourts.gov for more information on how to get involved.
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TJC to Honor 9 at Hall of Fame Dinner

The Tennessee Justice Center will honor nine philanthropists at a Hall of Fame Gala coming up at the end of the month. Don Enright, Ruth Ann Leach Harnisch, Ellen Levy and Gregg Horowitz, Bill and Robin King, Nancy MacLean, and Steve and Jeanne Thomas will be recognized, having contributed a collective $850,000 to the work of the TJC. The dinner will be held at the Sheraton Grand in Nashville on Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available here.

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Tennessee Justice Center to Host 2 TennCare Trainings Next Week

Next week the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) in Nashville will host two trainings aimed at explaining the legal ins-and-outs of TennCare and the Affordable Care Act. The first, on Oct. 16, will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and the second from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 17. Both will take place at St. Thomas Hospital, 4220 Hardin Pike, or via live webinar. Registration is available on the TJC website.
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NALS Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser Set for Next Week

The Association for Legal Professionals Nashville Chapter (NALS) will host its 5th Annual NALS After Hours Silent Auction on Oct. 16. The event, which is free and open to the public, will still take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP. All of the proceeds generated at the auction will be donated to the Tennessee Justice Center. Those who would like to donate an item for the auction should mail it to Tina Boone, c/o Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, 511 Union Street, Suite 2700, Nashville, 37219. For more information or to volunteer, contact NALS.

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LAET, Supreme Court Host Reception for Pro Bono Service in Kingsport

Legal Aid of East Tennessee and members of the Tennessee Supreme Court will host a reception as “a tribute to the generosity of the legal community through The Pro Bono Project.” The event will take place on Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Press Room, 300 Clinchfield Street in Kingsport. Tickets are $25.
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LAET Hosts Pro Se Divorce Clinic

Legal Aid of East Tennessee, in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Law, will offer a Pro Se Divorce Legal Advice Clinic for pre-screened individuals without children. The clinic will take place on Oct. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Spouses must be in agreement on all issues involving division of personal property, including vehicles, and division of all debts currently owed by both spouses. To be pre-screened for this Legal Advice Clinic, call LAET’s Knoxville office at (865) 637-0484, or visit the “Begin Client Intake” section of the LAET website.
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Free Legal Advice Clinic in Maryville

Volunteer attorneys from the Blount County Bar Association will join staff attorneys from Legal Aid of East Tennessee to provide free advice on various legal matters. The public will be able to seek advice on topics such as adoption, child custody and support, divorce, elder law, foreclosure, identity theft, personal injury, VA benefits, wills, worker’s comp, and more.  Legal help will be available on a first come, first served basis. The clinic is open to the public. No appointment is necessary. The Advice Clinic is part of LAET’s Pro Bono Project, and is offered in celebration of Pro Bono Month. The event is Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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Housepian Steps Down as Middle Tennessee LAS Director

Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands Gary Housepian said today that he is stepping down from the position he's held for 10 years. “It has been an honor to be part of this work for these past 10 years and to see our work expand to meet challenging situations – for youth, the elderly and persons who were formerly incarcerated – to fight barriers and shine the light of justice for all,” Housepian said. He will stay on with the organization until a new director is hired.
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Legal Clinic in Nashville Set for Oct. 10

October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month, and all month long the TBA will be highlighting pro bono opportunities and events for Tennessee attorneys. A free legal help clinic will be held in Nashville on Oct. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Legal Aid Society office, 300 Deadrick Street. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at (615) 244-6610. For more Celebrate Pro Bono events, visit the TBA website.

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Lipscomb Seeking Volunteers for Free Legal Clinic Monday

The Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice and Society at Lipscomb University will host a free legal clinic at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Schrader Lane Church of Christ, 1234 Schrader Lane in Nashville. Attorneys are needed to volunteer. Those who are available should contact Randy Spivey.

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Celebrate Pro Bono: Legal Clinic Set for Gallatin

October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month, and all month long the TBA will be highlighting pro bono opportunities and events for Tennessee attorneys. A free legal help clinic will be held in Gallatin on Oct. 10, staffed by the Sumner County Bar Association. The clinic will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Gallatin Civic Center on Albert Gallatin Ave. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at (615) 244-6610. For more Celebrate Pro Bono events, visit the TBA website.

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Celebrate Pro Bono: Legal Clinic Set for Gallatin

October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month, and all month long the TBA will be highlighting pro bono opportunities and events for Tennessee attorneys. A free legal help clinic will be held in Gallatin on Oct. 10, staffed by the Sumner County Bar Association. The clinic will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Gallatin Civic Center on Albert Gallatin Ave. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at (615) 244-6610. For more Celebrate Pro Bono events, visit the TBA website.

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How Lawyers Can Help in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

To ensure that legal assistance is available to victims of hurricane disasters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the American Bar Association (ABA) has partnered with the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) to create a hotline (800-310-7029) to provide needed information and services through pro bono volunteers. The ABA urges lawyers who are active members of the USVI or Puerto Rico bars to sign up to accept referrals of pro bono cases from the LCJC. Lawyers who are not licensed in either place can also assist by providing legal research or assistance with federal/administrative law questions. The volunteer sign up form is online in English and Spanish at ABA Disaster Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Intake Form. For more opportunities, go to the TBA's Volunteer Resources for Disaster Relief page.

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Court Announces Support for Changes to Indigent Representation

The Tennessee Supreme Court today announced it will support reform of the state’s method for providing legal assistance to individuals unable to afford an attorney. Responding to a report from its Indigent Representation Task Force, the Court said it will seek funding to increase the rate attorneys are paid to work on such cases to $65 per hour, and will also request an appropriation in next year’s budget to raise compensation caps by $500 on all felonies and by $250 on juvenile matters. In a statement this afternoon, TBA President Lucian Pera said, “The TBA applauds the Supreme Court’s strong leadership on indigent representation reform. We look forward to partnering with the Court and others interested in making real improvement on the status quo." Pera added, “The Court’s recommendations regarding rates and caps is a step in the right direction. Frankly, it’s a small step, and it is not enough; but it is a start.” 

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Legal Help Clinic Planned for Thursday in Williamson County

October is Celebrate Pro Bono Month, and all month long the TBA will be highlighting pro bono opportunities and events for Tennessee attorneys. One such opportunity will be on Thursday in Franklin. The Mercy Legal Help Clinic is held on the first Thursday of every month at Andrew Lutheran Church, 908 Murfreesboro Road, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at (615) 244-6610. For more Celebrate Pro Bono events, visit the TBA website.
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Heated Exchange Erupts at Hearing for Brentwood Academy Sexual Assault Case

The first court hearing in the Brentwood Academy sexual assault case, held this morning, was filled with fiery words and surprises, The Tennessean reports. The case involves a former student and his mother, who are accusing the school of negligence and four boys of sexual assault. Just a few hours before the hearing, the student and mother (identified as John Doe and Jane Doe) changed their legal representation. Meanwhile the legal team for the school and the accused boys lashed out at the outgoing attorney for the Does for filing a legal complaint they say was filled with “reckless misrepresentations.”

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October TBJ: The Scandalous Start of Tennessee's Written Bar Exam

The October Tennessee Bar Journal documents a time when just about anyone could practice law with little or no formal training. Lewis Laska writes about a "fake law school" that sold degrees, one of the factors that propelled the legal community to work toward uniformity, education and a written bar exam as standards to practice law. President Lucian Pera tells about lawyers' efforts in the wake of recent hurricanes, as well as ways you can help. Scott Ross gives an update on injury damages under Tennessee law. Russell Fowler shows how Louis Brandeis promoted the idea of pro bono — which is fitting because October is "Celebrate Pro Bono Month!"

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Hotline Set Up for Puerto Rico Hurricane Victims

Survivors of the hurricanes in Puerto Rico can now get legal assistance by calling a hotline set up by a partnership among the Disaster Legal Services Program of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Virgin Islands Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. Disaster victims can now call 800-310-7029, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. CST Monday through Friday to reach free legal help. Find out more from the ABA's Disaster Legal Services website. Additionally, there is a continued need for legal assistance for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida, as well as victims of hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Free Legal Clinic Set for Knoxville

Legal Aid of East Tennessee will host a Free Legal Advice Clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law office, 1101 Liberty Street. The clinic is co-sponsored by Centro Hispano, so a Spanish-language translator will be provided to aid those who have limited English language proficiency. Appointments are not necessary, as legal help will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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