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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 18, 2013

During the 2013-2014 bar year, the TBA Young Lawyers Division reached out to librarians across the state to make sure they are aware of several free legal resources to help members of the public in need of legal information and advice. These tools include OnlineTNJustice, LIFT and aLEGALz. The goal was to reach at least one library in each Tennessee county. The project met its goal in June 2014!

The following information is provided for volunteer lawyers who participate in this project.

PowerPoint Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation was prepared by the YLD Public Service Committee for use in educating librarians on how to walk a patron through the OnlineTNJustice and LIFT websites. Feel free to make copies of the presentation and leave one with the librarian.

Volunteer Resources

The following information provides an overview of the OnlineTNJustice and LIFT websites and the aLEGALz service for attorney volunteers to use when presenting information to librarians:


Legal Information for Tennesseans (LIFT):

aLEGALz Toll Free Legal Help Phone Line:

Legal Handbook for Tennessee Seniors:

Handouts for Librarians

The following handouts may be duplicated and left with librarians for their use:

Press Releases

Below are sample press releases that can be used for library education visits. There is a pre-event and post-event version.

Library Visit Pre-Event

Library Visit Post-Event

Libraries Visited

As of June 13, 2014, the YLD has visited libraries all of Tennessee's 95 counties! Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this project a reality!

Awards Won

American Bar Association
The TBA YLD took first place in three award categories and received one special recognition at the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Meeting in August 2014. The TBA YLD won first place in the "Service to Public" category for its Library Education Project, which under the leadership of Immediate Past YLD President David McDowell, focused on educating librarians across the state about the free legal resources available for those who need legal information and advice. The project focused on three free resources: OnlineTNJustice, LIFT and aLEGALz and was made possible by a generous grant from the Chattanooga law firm of Gearhiser Peters Elliott & Cannon. Special thanks goes to Marshall County General Sessions Judge Lee Bussart who coordinated the YLD's award applications.

On hand to receive the awards (from left) were: TBA YLD District 6 Representative Jason Hicks; TBA YLD Immediate Past President David McDowell; Immediate Past ABA YLD President Mario Sullivan; Matt Potempa, ABA Affiliate Representative to the TBA YLD Board; Mary Beth Haltom, ABA YLD District Representative for Tennesse and Kentucky; and YLD Board Secretary Troy Weston.

National Association of Bar Executives
The 2013-2014 YLD public service initiative, undertaken under the leadership of then president David McDowell, has won another award. The Library Education Project, which was designed to train librarians across the state about the free legal resources available to the public, was named the top public relations effort by a bar association by the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE). The organization’s Communications Section presented the award to TBA staff at its annual conference in Indianapolis in October 2014.

TBA YLD Director Stacey Shrader Joslin (right) accepts the award from a representative of Fastcase, the sponsor of the Communications Section's Luminary awards.