TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Journal News on Jan 2, 2012

Journal Issue Date: Jan 2012

Journal Name: January 2012 - Vol. 48, No. 1

The Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee offers many ways for you to help, including:

  • The Appellate Pro Bono Pilot Program, launched in 2011 by the TBA?and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, provides pro bono representation to low-income litigants appearing in the state’s appellate courts who otherwise could not afford counsel.

The goals of the program include improving access to justice in the appellate courts and providing opportunity for senior appellate attorneys to mentor and supervise young lawyers seeking appellate experience through pro bono representation. If you have experience litigating in the Tennessee Supreme Court or Courts of Appeals, your skills are needed. For more information, contact Sarah Hayman at shayman@tnbar.org.

  • The Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative, a collaboration of the TBA and the Association for Corporate Counsel, sets out to bridge the gap between the deficits caused by federal and local cost-cutting of legal aid budgets. In its sixth year, to date the project has raised $250,000, given in grants to local legal aid programs. Learn more at tba.org/TLCF/probono_initiative.
  • In 2012, a pro bono assistance program for Tennessee military personnel, “Hometown Support,” will be launched.

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