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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 27, 2020

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance will hold the second of three virtual training programs tomorrow at 1 p.m. CDT for lawyers and faith and community leaders in Middle Tennessee. The program will feature a panel discussion around the intersection of faith, pro bono and racial justice; legal resource trainings; and virtual legal clinic information. Panelists include Juvenile Judge Sheila Calloway, Middle Tennessee State University political science professor Dr. Sekou Franklin, Nashville Metro Council At-Large Rep. Zulfat Suara, and Andrae Crismon with the Legal Aid Society. The event is free but registration is required.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 26, 2020

The TBA’s Young Lawyers Division will continue its virtual law school visits this week, with calls scheduled with 3L and 4L students at the Nashville School of Law tomorrow and 3L students at Vanderbilt University Law School on Wednesday. This year's program will focus on the “Road to Success” with YLD members sharing their experiences on how they chose their practice area, bar exam study tips and habits, how to network, mental health wellness and more. For more information, contact YLD Coordinator Stephanie Vonhamme.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 23, 2020

Police use of force has long been a polarizing topic, but this year the issue has taken on new relevance. To help TBA members better understand the issue, the TBA Local Government Section will host a roundtable discussion on Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT with Jeff Hughes, police chief for the city of Brentwood; Maggi Duncan, executive director of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police; and John Buntin, Metro Nashville director of policy and community safety. The panel will examine use of force policies, tactics, training and community oversight. The event is free but registration is required.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 23, 2020

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands will hold 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 to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All times central. LAS is looking for attorneys to help answer questions. To volunteer contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131. See all clinics for the month.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 22, 2020

TBA LGBT Section member Maureen Truax Holland will be a virtual panelist on the third episode of Lawyers as Peacemakers, a webinar series from Law Essentials India. Tomorrow’s episode will cover LGBTQ issues and will begin at 8:30 a.m. CDT. The panel is free, but you must register beforehand. The live event can be found on the Law Essentials YouTube page.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 20, 2020

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance will kick off its fourth annual Pro Bono & Faith Days this month with virtual training programs for each of the state’s grand divisions. The programs will feature a panel discussion around the intersection of faith, pro bono and racial justice, legal resource trainings from Tennessee Access to Justice Partners and free virtual legal clinic information. These free programs are designed for faith and community leaders, but all are welcome. Registration is required for each event. The schedule is as follows: West Tennessee on Oct. 26, Middle Tennessee on Oct. 28 and East Tennessee on Oct. 30.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 20, 2020

The TBA’s Young Lawyers Division will continue its virtual law school visits this week, with calls scheduled with students at the Nashville School of Law tomorrow and Vanderbilt University Law School on Wednesday. This year's program will focus on the “Road to Success” for 3L and 4L students. YLD members will share their experiences on topics including how they chose their practice area, bar exam study tips and habits, how to network as a law student and young professional, mental health wellness and more. For more information, contact YLD Coordinator Stephanie Vonhamme.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 19, 2020

Police use of force has long been a polarizing topic, but this year the issue has taken on new relevance. To help TBA members better understand all sides of the debate, the TBA Local Government Section will host a roundtable discussion on Oct. 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT with Jeff Hughes, police chief for the city of Brentwood; Maggi Duncan, executive director of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police; and John Buntin, Metro Nashville director of policy and community safety. The panel will examine use of force policies, tactics, training and community oversight. The event is free and open to all members but registration is required.

Posted by: Kate Prince on Oct 16, 2020

The Nashville School of Law Habitat for Humanity Wills Clinic works directly with NSL students and licensed attorney volunteers to produce wills for new Habitat homeowners each month using an approved will form. Attorney volunteers are needed for approximately two hours via Zoom to oversee upper-level law students as they go through the intake process with clients. No further time commitment is needed and an attorney-client relationship will not be established. Volunteer for just one session or sign up for as many as you’d like. The next three clinics will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. CDT on Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15. If you are able to help, email Ryan Harris or call at 615-942-1262.

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 16, 2020

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 will take place Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. All times central. LAS is looking for attorneys to help answer questions. To volunteer contact Andrae Crismon or Kendra Cheek or call 615-780-7131. See all clinics for the month.


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