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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 3, 2020

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will be conducting two phone clinics this week and is looking for attorney volunteers to help answer legal questions. The group will hold clinics on Thursday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All times CDT. Typical issues raised include family law, landlord/tenant, expungement, wills/POAs, bankruptcy and debt, employment and consumer claims. People also are seeking help with COVID-19 related issues such as unemployment, eviction and benefit matters. To volunteer, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131. 

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 31, 2020

As more legal professionals work from home and on the road, the high overhead and inflexibility of traditional office space becomes less and less appealing. Enter the virtual law firm: an alternative practice model that offers new possibilities for firms and clients. Join colleagues on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. CDT for a free one hour roundtable to learn what a virtual law firm is, how it works and how to get started. Nefra MacDonald with Clio will lead the discussion. RSVP by 11 a.m. CDT the day of the event to receive login details. Questions may be submitted in advance to Jennifer Vossler. Use subject line “Clio.”

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 31, 2020

The Knoxville Bar Association will hold a virtual Legal Advice Clinic for Veterans on Aug. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. EDT. This will be a general advice clinic that will cover a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support and personal injury. Volunteers are needed. Sign up here to participate or contact Tracy Chain at tchain@knoxbar.org with any questions. View a flyer for the event.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 29, 2020

The Chattanooga Bar Association will hold its annual Law Day event virtually from the Tennessee State Capitol, the Hamilton Herald reports. The event, scheduled for Aug. 18, will honor the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and include a reenactment of the vote in Tennessee, a proclamation from area legislators and keynote speeches by Paula Casey, founder of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Heritage Trail, and Chattanooga and Hamilton County historian Linda Moss Mines. In addition, Memphis attorney Bill Haltom will talk about his book Why Can't Mother Vote? and the association will present its 2020 Liberty Bell Award. The program will be live streamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT. To register for the event, email CBA Executive Director Lynda Hood.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jul 28, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will host a Facebook Live event tomorrow to answer questions on the impact of COVID-19 school closures on children in special education programs. LAS attorneys Shelby Dodson and Rachel Moses will field those questions tomorrow at 11 a.m. CDT. Catch the livestream on the LAS Facebook page here.  

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jul 24, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will host two 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 will take place Monday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT. Those needing assistance may call 800-238-1443 during these times. To volunteer for a clinic, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131. See the list of clinics for all of July.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 21, 2020

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law has announced that "An Evening with John Meacham" has been postponed until 2021. The event, co-hosted by the East Tennessee Historical Society, will now take place April 22 at 8 p.m. EDT at the Bijou Theatre. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will discuss his bestselling presidential biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. Tickets previously purchased will be honored and refunds will be available for anyone who has a conflict with the new date. Tickets may be purchased online.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 21, 2020

Registration is now open for the Equal Justice University 2020, which will be held virtually Sept. 9-10. Organized by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, the theme of this year’s conference is “Resilient Justice: Building Resilience, Ensuring Justice.” Attendees will enjoy more than 10 pre-recorded and 14 live sessions on substantive law, ethics and paraprofessional skills; key note addresses; presentation of the 2020 Access to Justice Awards; and a trivia night competition. Register here.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 20, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will host three phone clinics this 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 will take place Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30-11 a.m. Those needing assistance may call 800-238-1443 during these times. To volunteer for a clinic, contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131. See the list of clinics for all of July.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 13, 2020

Lawyers are invited to join Clio, the TBA’s benefit partner for legal practice software, on July 22 at 9 a.m. CDT for a special meetup. The session "How to be an Advocate for Access to Justice and Legal Reform" will feature representatives from the ACLU and the California Innocence Project speaking on how lawyers can become stronger advocates for equal justice and reform and promote systemic change from within. Those who cannot attend the live session can still register to receive a recording of the program.


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