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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 14, 2021

Make plans now to join your colleagues for the 2021 TBA Annual Convention, presented this year as both an in-person event at The Peabody in Memphis and as a virtual online event the week of June 14. Virtual programming will be available for all registrants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, virtual only registrants will tune in for a livestream of key Convention events such as the Bench Bar CLE and Luncheon, Lawyers Luncheon, Better This Year CLE program and Legislative Update CLE. During that same time, in-person attendees will experience all that Memphis has to offer, including key programs, a joint social event with state judges, a group breakfast and the delights of Beale Street and beyond. Register today to save your spot! Full Access Registration (including both in-person & virtual access) and Virtual Only Registration are now open. For those attending in person, please note there will be caps on the number of registrations so be sure to make your reservation early, and be sure to read the TBA’s COVID-19 safety acknowledgement, liability waiver and release of claims.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 16, 2021

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold its Spring Memorial Service virtually on May 14 at noon EDT. The event will take place via Zoom but reservations are required. Register here. On May 27, the Nashville Bar Association will hold its Spring Memorial Service at 11 a.m. CDT. Get details about the event and see the list of those to be honored. Memorial services provide the legal communities the opportunity to reflect on the lives and careers of local attorneys who have died in the last year.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 16, 2021

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands will hold three phone clinics next week for members of the public with questions about housing and renters’ rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, SNAP benefits and unemployment benefits. Clinics are Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All times central. To help answer questions, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Apr 15, 2021

The Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission kicked off its #Help4TNMonth celebration earlier in April to provide civil legal services to communities in need. This year’s theme is “Uniting Communities in Need” and is aimed at helping Tennesseans who continue to struggle with legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ATJ Commission has assembled a team of over 65 professionals to develop resources and create and promote pro bono service opportunities. The #Help4TNMonth website has information on events that are occurring throughout the month. Attorneys may also volunteer to help clients remotely through TN Free Legal Answers, an online platform that allows those who qualify to email a legal question to a lawyer, who responds with free legal advice. The Administrative Office of the Courts has more on how you can get involved in honor of #Help4TNMonth.   

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 15, 2021

Don't miss the opportunity tomorrow to explore what the post-pandemic law office will look like. The free program will look at how lawyers shifted their practices during the pandemic, what is next for the practice of law, if virtual will be the future of the modern law office, and if tele-legal will become the new tele-medicine. Jennifer McGlone, co-founder, CLO and president of legal technology company LawChamps, and Maxine Kozler Koven, a venture capitalist and LawChamps investor, will talk about the latest trends and take questions from attendees. Sign up by tomorrow morning to join the conversation!

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 14, 2021

The Knoxville Bar Association will host a virtual Law Day program on April 30 from noon to 1 p.m. EDT. Speakers for “Advancing the Rule of Law, Now” include Belmont College of Law Dean Alberto Gonzales; Andre Johnson with the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office; Knoxville Area Urban League President Phyllis Y. Nichols; Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steven W. Sword and University of Tennessee College of Law professor Penny J. White. Cost is $25 for KBA members and $40 for non-members. Law students may attend for free. Reservations are required.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 12, 2021

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is planning a telephone clinic for Knoxville area residents this week starting tomorrow and running through Thursday. The alliance is a project of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission. In the Knoxville area, the program is coordinated by the KBA's Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Learn more or sign up here to volunteer.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 12, 2021

Legal organizations in Knoxville will hold a virtual Veterans Legal Advice Clinic Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. EDT. The clinic is a general advice and referral clinic that serves between 20 and 30 veterans each month with a wide variety of legal issues. To volunteer, sign up online. For questions, contact Access to Justice Committee Co-Chairs Spencer Fair or Luke Ihnen.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 9, 2021

The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services is soliciting CLE session proposals for this year's Equal Justice University (EJU), being held virtually on Sept. 9 and 10. The organization is seeking proposals in the areas of elder law, employment law, family law, health and benefits, housing and consumer issues, education, juvenile justice, professional skills and financial management. Get more information about the conference and see the full list of topics. Submissions are due May 21.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 9, 2021

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands will hold four phone clinics, starting tomorrow, for members of the public with questions about housing and renters’ rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, SNAP benefits and unemployment benefits. Clinics are tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with a special focus on disaster issues), Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. All times central. To help answer questions, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131.


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