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Office on Aging to Host Knoxville Legal Clinic on March 9

The Community Action Committee's Office on Aging will host a Free Legal Advice Clinic on March 9, 9 a.m. to noon at the Knoxville-Knox County CAC, located at the LT Ross Building, WATE reports. The Office on Aging Pro Bono Legal Service Clinic is sponsored by the Rise Above Crime program of the Office on Aging, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee along with the Knoxville Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.
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Polly to Chair LAS Campaign for Equal Justice

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has announced that Erin Palmer Polly will serve as the chair for its 2019 Campaign for Equal Justice annual fundraiser, The Nashville Post reports. The campaign, held annually since 1987, will launch in March with a goal of $830,000. Polly works in the Nashville office of Butler Snow and is the immediate past president of the Nashville Bar Association.
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Volunteers Needed for Legal Help Clinic in Gallatin

The Legal Aid Society has scheduled a free clinic on Feb. 12 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center, 210 Albert Gallatin Ave. Lawyers in all practice areas are invited and encouraged to help at this advice-only clinic in Sumner County. To volunteer or for more information please contact Krista Scruggs, 615-451-1880.
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Immigrant Rights Group Seeking Volunteers for Feb. 16 Nashville Clinic

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) will host a clinic offering family preparation plans to the immigrant community to help keep their children safe in the case of deportation or other unexpected event. TIRRC is asking for help at this Power of Attorney Legal Clinic on Feb. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 5112 Haywood Lane in Nashville. Register for the clinic at this link.
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Volunteers Needed for Thursday Legal Clinic in Franklin

Legal Aid Society needs volunteers for a free legal help clinic on Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 908 Murfreesboro Rd. in Franklin, in collaboration with Mercy Health Clinic. To volunteer or for more information contact Jorge Salles Diaz, 615-780-7131.
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Watch 2019 Public Service Luncheon Online Now

Were you not able to attend Saturday's annual Public Service Luncheon? Check out everything you missed in a new video posted to the TBA's YouTube channel. The event honored Angie Bergman with the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award, Adrienne Kittos, who was named the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award, and Law Student Volunteer of the Year Amber Vargas. Former American Bar Association President Robert J. Grey, Jr. delivered the keynote address.
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January TBJ Includes 'War Stories,' Family Law, Pro Bono Heroes

Former TBA President Landis Turner is interviewed in this issue of the Tennessee Bar Journal, in which he recounts helping pass the bill that would create Public Defender offices statewide, a bill that lead to the availability of liquor-by-the-drink, and a few other "war stories" from early practice. Let's face it, you just don't want to miss this issue -- which showcases Pro Bono Heroes, and also includes ethics in family law mediation, by Marlene Eskind Moses and Ben Russ, and a book review by Jason R. Smith.
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TBA to Honor 3 for Public Service

The Tennessee Bar Association will honor three attorneys at its upcoming Public Service Luncheon for their commitment to public service. Angie Bergman, an attorney at Bass Berry & Sims in Nashville, will receive the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award. Adrienne Kittos, legal director at Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors in Nashville, will received the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award. Amber Vargas, a new attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands in Cookeville, will receive the Law Student Volunteer of the Year Award. The luncheon will be held on Jan. 19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Nashville.
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January TBJ: Our 'Pro Bono Heroes' Honored

The January issue focuses on Tennessee lawyers who have given their time to help others, our "Pro Bono Heroes," along with updates on the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice initiatives, and profiles of those honored by the TBA with Public Service Awards. There is also a personal account, by Memphis lawyer Buck Lewis, of an encounter at a pro bono clinic that changed lives, plus how technology can help even more. TBA President Jason Pannu discusses the importance of the Legal Services Corporation and Legal Aid. The issue also covers comparative fault and the "get out of jail free" cards available to certain special interest groups. Read the Tennessee Bar Journal!

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Report: More than Half of Tennessee Attorneys Provide Pro Bono Services

More than half of Tennessee attorneys provided pro bono legal services during 2016, according to an annual pro bono report from the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission.  The report showed that nearly 9,000 practicing Tennessee attorneys provided over 650,000 hours of pro bono service, with an estimated value of over $130 million. The full 2017 Pro Bono Report includes data reported by individual attorneys, bar associations, law firms, law schools, legal service providers mediators and other organizations.  

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Volunteers Needed for Saturday Legal Clinic in Nashville

Lipscomb University's Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society will host a free legal clinic in Nashville at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Schrader Lane Church of Christ, 1234 Schrader Lane, Nashville, 37208. It will be an advice-only clinic with no expectation that volunteers take on continuing representation. For more information or to volunteer, contact Randy Spivey, 615-966-2503.

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LexisNexis Launches Law360’s ATJ Newswire

Law360, a division of LexisNexis, announced yesterday that it is officially launching a weekly newsletter completely focused on Access to Justice. The newsletter will exist outside of the Law360 paywall and will cover topics including “trends affecting the justice gap and efforts of legal aid organizations, pro bono programs and other difference makers to help citizens with the fewest resources gain much needed access to the courts and systems.”
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CLC Memphis to Host Fashion Fundraiser on Nov. 15

Join the Community Legal Center of Memphis on Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Memphis for "STRUT: The Final Catwalk," a fashion fundraiser. The live fashion show will be put on by Laurelwood Shopping Center and also include food, drinks, a silent auction and other ways to give to the Community Legal Center. Tickets are $50 prior to the event, $60 at the door. VIP Tickets $75, including front row seats to the fashion show.
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TJC to Host Insure Our Kids Training Webinar

The Tennessee Justice Center is hosting an Insure Our Kids Enrollment webinar from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8. The webinar will cover coverage options, eligibility and the enrollment process. Insure Our Kids is a statewide campaign to enroll every uninsured child who is eligible for health insurance.

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LAET to Host Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic Nov. 3

Legal Aid of East Tennessee is partnering with the Knoxville Bar Association's Bankruptcy Section to host a Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic for pre-screened individuals on Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The clinic will be held at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty St. Those who wish to volunteer should contact LAET’s Knoxville office at 865-637-0484.
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MALS Seeking Chief Advocacy Officer, Staff Attorney Positions

Memphis Area Legal Services Inc. (MALS) is seeking to fill two positions. One is a staff attorney for its Fair Housing Unit; a HUD-approved housing counseling agency offering a variety of services, including mortgage delinquency and default/loss mitigation as well as fair lending issues. The other is a chief advocacy officer to design, strategically grow and direct MALS’ litigation and advocacy programs to effectively address the issues of people and communities living in poverty. For a detailed description of key responsibilities, click here. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, writing sample, and resume to HR@malsi.org.

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Shelby County DA Stops Prosecuting Cases of Driving with Revoked License

The Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office has stopped prosecuting cases involving drivers whose licenses are revoked for oweing fines, The Commercial Appeal reports. The DA’s office says it has eliminated about 43 percent of the docket in the General Sessions Criminal Court with the change. The county’s policy change came shortly before the recent ruling that the state can no longer revoke driver’s licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets.
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Volunteers Needed for Expungement Clinic Oct. 27

The Music City Community Courts, in partnership with the TBA’s Young Lawyers Division, is seeking volunteers for an expungement clinic in Nashville on Oct. 27. A high turnout of clients is expected as this series of clinics has been very well-attended in the past. The clinic will take place at Cathedral of Praise, 4300 Clarksville Highway, at 9:30 a.m. Those who are able to volunteer should contact Amber Floyd.
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MALS’ Justice for All Ball Coming Up Next Weekend

Memphis Area Legal Services’ annual Justice for All Ball is set for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. Held at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre, the event will include food, a silent auction and live music. All proceeds go to MALS, the primary provider of civil legal representation to low-income families in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties.
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LAET to Host Chattanooga Pro Bono Night

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) is hosting a Community Justice Pro Bono Celebration on Oct. 25 in Chattanooga. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall and Headquarters, 890 Riverfront Parkway. Tickets are $45 each or $80 per couple.
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'Tapas for Justice' Planned for Oct. 25 in Nashville

On Oct. 25, Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) will host its annual "Tapas for Justice" fundraiser, supporting JFON's efforts to help asylum-seekers, young DACA recipients, and families that have been separated from one another. The event will be held in Nashville at Bass Berry & Sims from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will feature an art display of Amber Vongsamphanh's photography series "America the Beautiful." Tickets are $50 to attend and $100 to co-host.
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Supreme Court to Host Faith and Justice Universities Statewide

The Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance, a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court, will be hosting its second annual statewide Pro Bono and Faith Days in October 2018. All houses of worship and faith-based partners are encouraged to provide information to their networks about the free legal resources available in Tennessee, including the help4tn.org website, and to participate in a form of pro bono work or an equal justice project during the month if possible. This year, #PBFDays will present 2018 Faith and Justice Universities in each grand division where attendees can learn about existing free legal resources in their community and how to get more involved. The 2018 Faith and Justice Universities will be held in Memphis on Oct. 16, Knoxville on Oct. 18 and Nashville on Oct. 23.
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LAET to Host Forging Justice Pro Bono Event

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) will host its annual Pro Bono celebration on Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ironwood Studios in Knoxville. “Forging Justice” will honor attorneys and law firms who have made a significant impact in access to justice work. The highlight of the evening will be the induction of Harry Ogden into the Donald F. Paine Memorial Pro Bono Hall of Fame. Also honored will be Bill Coley and Ian Hennessey as Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year, Georgia Miller as Pro Bono Law Student of the Year, East Tennessee Children's Hospital as Pro Bono Community Partner of the Year, and Breeding Henry Baysan as Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year. 

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Gibbons to Replace Wallace as 2nd District PD

Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Andrew J. Gibbons of Kingsport as public defender for the Second Judicial District, which serves Sullivan County. Gibbons will replace Stephen Wallace, whose retirement is effective Nov. 1, according to the Times-News. Gibbons has been an assistant public defender in the district since 2001.

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'Legal Whiplash' Marks Zagorski's Execution Week

The Tennessean and The Nashville Scene follow the "legal whiplash" of this week when Edmund Zagorski was set to be executed. Gov. Haslam's reprieve, giving executioners time to prepare to use the electric chair, expires Oct. 21, at which point the state Supreme Court will have to set a new execution date. Shortly after the reprieve was announced Thursday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected all of Zagorski's requests. The court declined to hear the case over Tennessee's lethal injection protocol, and vacated the Sixth Circuit's stay. Zagorski's lawyer, Kelley Henry, who is a supervising assistant federal public defender, told the Scene that the earliest Zagorski could be executed is likely Oct. 29.

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