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Posted by: Barry Kolar on Jan 25, 2012

There are many opportunities for attorneys to volunteer their time and talents in pro bono work. Below is a listing of agencies and organizations across Tennessee that actively use pro bono attorneys to help provide legal services for those in need.


Community Legal Center
Anne Mathes, Executive Director
910 Vance Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 543-3395

Memphis Area Legal Services
109 North Main Street, Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-8822

West Tennessee Legal Services
210 W. Main Street
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 426-1308
(800) 372-8346

Dyersburg Office
208 East Church Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024

Huntingdon Office
113 West Paris Street
Huntingdon, TN 38344
(800) 372-8346

Selmer Office
141 West Third Street
Selmer, TN 38375
(800) 372-8346


Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
Lucinda Smith, Volunteer Lawyers Program Director
300 Deadrick Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 780-7127

(615) 244-6610 or (800) 238-1443

Clarksville Office
109 South Third Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 552-6656

Columbia Office
1121 Trotwood Avenue, Suite 4
Columbia, TN 38402
(931) 381-5533

Cookeville Office
9 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 528-7436

Gallatin Office
650 North Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 451-1880

Murfreesboro Office
526 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-0905

Oak Ridge Office
575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
(865) 483-8454

Tullahoma Office
291 Industrial Boulevard
Tullahoma, TN 37388
(931) 455-7000


Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Kathryn Ellis, Pro Bono Director
502 South Gay Street, Suite 404
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 637-0484

Chattanooga Office
535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-4013

Johnson City Office
311 W. Walnut Street, Suite 100
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 928-8311

Morristown Office
1001 West 2nd North Street
Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 587-4850


ACLU of Tennessee
P.O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 320-7142

Disability Rights Tennessee
2416 21st Avenue South, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 298-1080

Southern Migrant Legal Services
A Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Inc.
311 Plus Park Blvd., Suite 135
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 750-1200

Tennessee Justice Center
Chris Coleman, Staff Attorney
301 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 255-0331

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
615) 823-2512

Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-8274


TN Free Legal Answers (Previously "Online Tennessee Justice")
TN Free Legal Answers is based on the walk-in clinic model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The purpose of the website is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters to those who cannot afford it. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the lawyer. TN Free Legal Answers is part of the national "ABA Free Legal Answers," and is based on Online Tennessee Justice.

Volunteer Attorney FAQ & Sign-Up: https://tn.freelegalanswers.org/Attorneys/Account/Agreement



A joint project of the TBA, TBA Appellate Practice Section, TBA Access to Justice Committee, and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.

In 2011, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) launched the Tennessee Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program, a pilot initiative that provides pro bono representation to litigants appearing in the Tennessee appellate courts who otherwise could not afford counsel.

The Tennessee Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program has three primary goals:

  • To improve access to justice for low-income litigants in Tennessee’s appellate courts by establishing a qualified panel of appellate attorneys to provide pro bono representation on appeal;
  • To provide increased opportunities for attorneys with appellate practice expertise to use their skills to serve clients who could not otherwise afford representation; and
  • To provide an opportunity for senior appellate attorneys to mentor and supervise young lawyers seeking appellate practice experience through pro bono representation.

Case Referral:  In its pilot phase, the Appellate Pro Bono Program will accept cases referred by legal services attorneys or attorneys who have represented clients pro bono in the lower courts but cannot continue on appeal. Judges and justices may refer cases to the program that they believe to be appropriate for pro bono representation. The Program will also consider cases from attorneys seeking appellate co-counsel or consultation on appellate issues. TALS will provide organizational and administrative support to the Program. Cases should be referred to TALS, which will conduct the initial screening to establish that the potential client cannot afford private counsel on appeal.

Case Screening:  Referred cases will be screened by TALS staff in consultation with a committee of attorneys from the TBA Appellate Practice Section. Cases will be selected for representation based upon criteria including the presence of issues of first impression or complex legal issues, matters involving vindication of substantial constitutional or statutory rights, questions of unsettled authority, potentially meritorious claims and issues that are common but may evade review.

Attorney Appointment:  The Program will maintain a network of volunteer attorneys to whom cases may be referred. If a case is selected for pro bono representation, the screening committee will immediately send notice to the designated panel of appellate attorneys with a request for response within a short time period. When an attorney responds that she is able to accept the case, the client and the trial attorney will be notified and representation will begin. 

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:  Do you have experience litigating in the Tennessee Supreme Court or Courts of Appeals? Do you want to enhance or develop your appellate litigation skills with the mentorship of experienced appellate attorneys? Join us by participating in the Tennessee Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program. A volunteer participation form is attached, below.

If you have questions or need more information about the Tennessee Appellate Pro Bono Program, please contact Liz Todaro, TBA Access to Justice Coordinator at ltodaro@tnbar.org.