Program Aids Pro Bono Efforts Across Tennessee
The Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative was launched as a joint effort by the TBA Access to Justice Committee, the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to help foster a coordinated approach to pro bono work and support for the access to justice community by corporate counsel in Tennessee.
Over the last thirteen years, the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative has raised nearly $600,000. This money has funded corporate counsel pro bono project grants across the state. The funded projects offer in-house and corporate lawyers specific pro bono opportunities tailored to their situations, skills and interests and facilitate partnerships among corporate legal departments, law firms, access to justice and other community service organizations to help meet local legal service gaps.
Other projects include outreach events held around the state that offer in-house and law firm corporate counsel information about how they can become involved in pro bono work locally and provide networking opportunities for them to meet representatives from their local access to justice organizations as well as other law firm and corporate counsel as potential partners in pro bono projects.
The Fourteenth Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala will be held Saturday, April 4 in Nashville.
Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Lowes Vanderbilt Hotel, 2100 West End Avenue
Tennessee law firms and corporations are invited to support the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative by becoming recognized sponsors.
$10,000 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Executive Committee
Sponsorship at this level will entitle the corporation or law firm to superior recognition in the Tennessee Bar Journal, the program, event signs, and promotional materials as members of the Initiative Executive Committee as well as twenty (20) guests at the Gala.
$5,000 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Board of Directors
Sponsorship at this level will entitle the corporation or law firm to special recognition in the Tennessee Bar Journal, the program, event signs, and promotional materials as members of the Initiative Board of Directors as well as ten (10) guests at the Gala.
$3,000 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Shareholders
Sponsorship at this level will entitle the corporation or law firm to recognition in the Tennessee Bar Journal, the program, event signs and promotional materials as Initiative Shareholders as well as ten (10) guests at the Gala.
Individual Tickets — $125
To become a Gala sponsor, purchase tickets or volunteer for the event, contact:
Liz Todaro, Access to Justice Director
Tennessee Bar Association
221 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 383-7421
Past Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Sponsors
- Adams and Reese
- Association of Corporate Counsel – Tennessee Chapter*
- Bass, Berry & Sims*
- Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz*
- Belmont University
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee*
- Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
- Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada
- Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
- Community Health Systems
- Counsel On Call Inc.*
- Dell Inc.
- Eastman Chemical Company *
- FedEx Corporation
- Hilton Hotels Corporation
- International Paper*
- Mediation Group of Tennessee
- Miller & Martin*
- Nissan USA
- Riley Warnock & Jacobson
- Sherrard & Roe PLC
- State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company
- Stites & Harbison
- Tennessee Access to Justice Commission
- TBA Corporate Counsel Section*
- Thomas & Betts
- Vanderbilt University, Office of General Counsel
- Vanguard Health Systems
- Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs*
*Sponsors with a 10+ Year History of Support for the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative.
Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Grants
The TBA is now accepting applications for Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Grants. The awards are funded by money raised through the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative and go to local access to justice organizations and partnerships with corporate legal departments and law firms to defer the costs of developing pro bono opportunities/projects specifically designed for corporate counsel.
Why Get Involved?
More than one million Tennesseans have incomes below 125 percent of the federal poverty level, and a recent legal needs study reveals that these poorest Tennessee families are experiencing between one and three civil legal problem a year. Legal aid programs around the state are unable to meet this overwhelming need with limited staffs, and pro bono programs trying to fill the gap simply do not have enough resources or volunteer lawyers.
Tennessee's corporations and corporate counsel can help make a significant difference by sponsoring and attending the CCPBI Gala to learn about special pro bono opportunities for corporate counsel and to help raise money to facilitate the development of new and exciting pro bono projects for in-house corporate counsel and their outside counsel around the state.