TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Christy Gibson on Jun 18, 2012

     Have you signed up for the easiest way to do pro bono in Tennessee?  OnlineTNJustice still needs lawyers to sign up and volunteer.

     Over the past 10 months, OnlineTNJustice.org has provided free legal assistance to more than 1,200 low-income Tennesseans. The site – a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association – went live in April 2011and is a resource that allows clients to request advice about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer and get their questions answered – all online.

     Online Tennessee Justice was developed with the financial support and technical expertise of the information technology team in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. The site screens potential clients for eligibility and, if they are qualified, allows them to post a legal question to a secure messaging system.

     Lawyers have the ability to log on to the site 24 hours a day and answer questions from the public at a time that best suits their schedules. Lawyers receive continuing legal education credit for the time they spend researching and answering questions, and they are covered by professional liability insurance maintained by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.

     Sign up today at www.onlinetnjustice.org!

     Murfreesboro lawyer Tom Roark has a physical disability and can no longer practice law “in the ordinary way,” he says. “The possibility of helping others … within in the confines of my present situation is more welcome than I can describe. I get to keep my mind sharp and help somebody at the same time. It is a win-win.”

     Clients also are praising the service:

  • I was very impressed at the lawyer’s quick response to our question. We really need this legal advice quickly too. We want to file our custody petition this week. Thank you! God Bless!
  • This is a great site, and I will tell anyone who needs help about your site. I have been trying for months to get some help and advice about my problem and could not find any. The day I heard about it I used it and it is wonderful, thanks to everyone who helps with this site. I am very grateful.

     ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

     Link to website, http://www.onlinetnjustice.org

     Link to marketing materials, http://www.tals.org/files/F-Posters.pdf

     Link to January 2012 Tennessee Bar Journal article, http://tba.org/journal_new/index.php/component/content/article/718?ed=50