Cover Story

Votes for Women

Tennessee Lawyers vs. the Suffragists

They must have felt the whole world was against them. When they arrived in Knoxville in late 1917, they were met with the same hostility that they had met in Memphis, Nashville, and several smaller Tennessee towns.[1] The local lawyers and judges in each community had used their considerable influence to silence the former prisoners.[2] Even the weather had now turned against them.

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Leveling the Playing Field

Pro Bono’s Impact on Immigration

Volunteer lawyers in Tennessee are having a profound impact on the lives of young people who are eligible for a narrow but significant category of immigration status relief. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy offers relief that is temporary and can be revoked at any time. Eligibility is narrow and the application process can be time-consuming and expensive. Nevertheless, this initiative holds the promise of immense potential for the young people seeking assistance, especially when they have access to lawyers willing to assist with their applications.

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A Way Out

Lawyers’ Assistance Program is Free, Confidential and Waiting for Your Call

Note: Names have been changed of people in recovery who were interviewed for this story to protect their identities.

Lawyers argue, bargain and negotiate for a living, so it’s not a surprise that what makes lawyers good at their jobs makes them poor patients.

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When 'Courage Superseded Fear'

Lawyers' Vital Part in Tennessee's 1960 Sit-ins

The Civil Rights Movement was already underway when students across Tennessee began a nonviolent protest that would capture the nation's attention and chip away at the wall of segregation in the South. The students who staged lunch counter sit-ins 50 years ago were groundbreaking heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, to be sure. But what happened after they made their point and landed in jail? Another cadre of civil rights heroes stepped in to aid them -- these were the lawyers.

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