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Lawyers Honored for Pro Bono Service

Community Health Systems and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC were recognized for their commitment to providing free legal services to the poor at the 6th Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala Saturday, March 24, in Nashville. CHS received the Corporate Legal Department Award for its dedicated staffing of a monthly legal advice clinic in Franklin. Baker Donelson received the Law Firm Award for its work in helping create OnlineTNJustice.org, a website that allows lawyers to provide brief advice and counsel via the internet. The event featured remarks by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark and Legal Counsel to the Governor Herbert Slatery. The Pro Bono Initiative is a partnership between the Tennessee Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel, which encourages and supports pro bono activities by lawyers serving as in-house and corporate counsel in the state.

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Community Health Systems and Baker, Donelson Win Top Awards

Community Health Systems

Community Health Systems

Baker Donelson

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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Disaster Declaration Approved for 10 Counties

President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for 10 counties in Tennessee, stemming from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding in the state from Feb. 29 to March 2. Individuals in Bradley, Claiborne, Cumberland, DeKalb, Hamilton, Jackson, McMinn, Monroe, Overton, and Polk counties may apply for individual assistance by calling 800-621-FEMA. The TBA, its Young Lawyers Division and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) will operate a toll-free disaster legal assistance hotline for those in affected areas. Details about how to access the hotline or volunteer to handle cases that come in over the hotline will be announced next week. Learn more from FEMA

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Court Seeks Comment on General Sessions Court Forms

The Supreme Court is seeking comments on six plain language versions of forms frequently used in general sessions court. The six proposed forms, prepared and submitted by the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission are:
(1) Protected Income and Assets (Affidavit of Claim Exemptions);
(2) Request to Make Payments (Motion and Affidavit for Installment Payments);
(3) Request Not to Pay Fees for Appeal (Pauper's Oath in Lieu of Appeal Bond);
(4) Request to Postpone Filing Fees and Order (Uniform Civil Affidavit of Indigency);
(5) Request to Protect Income and Assets (Motion to Quash Garnishment/Execution and Claim Exemption Rights); and
(6) Sworn Denial (Sworn Denial on Account).

See the forms and find a comment form on the Administrative Office of the Courts website. The deadline for comment is June 11.

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Two Granted Pro Bono Emeritus Status

The Tennessee Supreme Court has approved the petitions of two attorneys to receive pro bono emeritus status. They are Susan Carolyn Howard of Memphis and Charles E. Racine of Gallatin. Through the court’s pro bono emeritus program, retired attorneys may continue providing pro bono services through organizations that offer free legal assistance. Those interested in participating should file an application with the appellate court clerk’s office. Read more from the court

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Arkansas Lawyer Develops iPhone Application to Connect Lawyers with Legal Aid Cases

A UALR William H. Bowen School School of Law graduate has developed the first interactive pro bono mobile app available to Arkansas pro bono attorneys free of charge through iTunes.

Through their iPhones, licensed Arkansas attorneys can now view pro bono cases representing low-income Arkansans, sort through those cases based on legal topic and county, and request cases with a push of a button.

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ABA President Applauds LSC Budget Request

American Bar Association President William T. Robinson II in a statement released today praises President Obama’s $402 million Legal Services Corporation budget request, pointing out that with 63 million Americans -- including 22 million children -- qualifying for legal aid, “providers in every state report a staggering volume of requests for assistance. The current LSC budget of $348 million is simply inadequate.”

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KBA Launches Community Newsletter

The Knoxville Bar Association this week launched a new service for members of the public interested in lawyer referral services and public education programs. The newsletter will be published twice a year, in the spring and fall. The inaugural issue includes information on the KBA’s upcoming “Community Law School” – a series of free seminars on legal topics that will begin March 31 with a session on wills and estate planning; links to new resources for the public; and a warning against “do it yourself” legal forms. Download a pdf of the newsletter or subscribe here for future issues.

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Free Legal Assistance Website Helps More Than 1,200

Lawyers step up to offer online advice to those with civil legal problems

NASHVILLE, Feb. 17, 2012 — More than 100 low-income Tennesseans are receiving free legal assistance every month through the OnlineTNJustice.org website, but backers of the project want to serve more.

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Nashville and Memphis Corporations Recognized for Legal Assistance Programs

Baker Donelson, Caterpillar Financial and International Paper receive awards at annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala

NASHVILLE, May 29, 2008 — At a dinner and gala last Thursday night in Nashville, the Tennessee Bar Association presented its inaugural 2008 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award to two companies – Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and International Paper – whose legal departments have shown extraordinary commitment to providing legal services at no cost to those in need. The TBA also presented its inaugural 2008 Law Firm Pro Bono Award to the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz for its work on a specific pro bono project and its overall commitment to encouraging pro bono work among its attorneys.

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