Pro Bono Opportunities

If the motto ‘and justice for all’ becomes ‘and justice for those who can afford it,’ we threaten the very underpinnings of our social contract.
-
Chief Justice Ronald George, California Supreme Court

Equal justice under law is not just a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building. It is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society . . . It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, Jr.

In Tennessee, there are approximately 79 legal aid attorneys available to assist citizens who are in need of legal assistance but cannot afford to hire counsel.  Unfortunately, there are more than one million citizens living at or below the income threshold. Nearly 1 on 5 Tennesseans cannot afford legal help. Clearly, it is absolutely incumbent on every licensed attorney to donate time to ensure that all citizens of this great state have access to justice, regardless of their economic status.

Luckily, the Tennessee Bar Association is committed to helping our members find opportunities to serve our communities. In fact, from 2009 through 2011 (the last years for which data is available), the percentage of Tennessee attorneys who reported pro bono activity increased 173 percent!

Attorneys provide pro bono service in a variety of ways, including volunteering at organized legal clinics, providing legal services at a free or reduced rate, offering legal advice online at OnlineTNJustice.org, or assisting those in their local or worship community with legal questions.

Below you will find a listing of agencies and organizations across Tennessee that actively use pro bono attorneys to help provide legal services for those in need.

ONLINE TENNESSEE JUSTICE

OnlineTNJustice is based on the walk-in clinic model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Lawyers provide information and basic legal advice without any expectation of long-term representation. The purpose of the website is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters to those who cannot afford it. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the lawyer. OnlineTNJustice is operated by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), which provides liability coverage, files for CLE credit earned by volunteers and offers other technical and volunteer support.

Volunteer Attorney Sign-Up: http://www.onlinetnjustice.org/Account/UseAgreement

Volunteer FAQ: http://www.onlinetnjustice.org/Account/AttorneyFAQ

LEGAL AID ORGANIZATIONS

West Tennessee

Community Legal Center
Meg Jones, Executive Director
910 Vance Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 543-3395

Memphis Area Legal Services
Linda Warren Seely, Director of Private Attorney Involvement
109 North Main Street, Suite 200
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 523-8822
lseely@malsi.org

West Tennessee Legal Services
Kathryn Tucker
Pro Bono Project Director
210 W. Main Street
Jackson, TN 38301
(731) 426-1308
(800) 372-8346
kathrynt@wtls.org

Dyersburg Office
208 East Church Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024
(800) 372-8346

Huntingdon Office
113 West Paris Street
Huntingdon, TN 38344
(800) 372-8346

Selmer Office
141 West Third Street
Selmer, TN 38375
(800) 372-8346

Middle Tennessee

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands
Lucinda Smith, Nashville Pro Bono Program Director
300 Deadrick Street
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 780-7127
lsmith@las.org

General:
(615) 244-6610 or (800) 238-1443
www.las.org/about/get_involved/volunteer

Clarksville Office
120 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
(931) 552-6656

Columbia Office
104 W. 7th Street
Columbia, TN 38402
(931) 381-5533

Cookeville Office
9 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102
Cookeville, TN 38501
(931) 528-7436

Gallatin Office
650 North Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 451-1880

Murfreesboro Office
526 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 890-0905

Oak Ridge Office
226B Broadway
Jackson Square
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
(865) 483-8454

Tullahoma Office
123 NW Atlantic Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
(931) 455-7000

East Tennessee

Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Terry Woods, Pro Bono Director
502 South Gay Street, Suite 404
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 637-0484
twoods@laet.org

Chattanooga Office
Charlie McDaniel, Pro Bono Director
535 Chestnut Street, Suite 360
Chattanooga, TN 37402
(423) 756-4013
cmcdaniel@laet.org

Johnson City Office
311 W. Walnut Street, Suite 100
Johnson City, TN 37604
(423) 928-8311

Morristown Office
1001 West 2nd North Street
Morristown, TN 37814
(423) 587-4850

Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
821 Houston Street, Suite 203
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 756-0128

STATEWIDE LEGAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

ACLU of Tennessee
P.O. Box 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 320-7142
www.aclu-tn.org/cooperatingattorney.htm

Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee
Martha M. Lafferty, Managing Attorney
2416 21st Avenue South, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 298-1080 ext. 128
marthaL@dlactn.org

Southern Migrant Legal Services
A Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Inc.
311 Plus Park Blvd., Suite 135
Nashville, TN 37217
(615) 750-1200

Tennessee Justice Center
Chris Coleman, Staff Attorney
301 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37201
(615) 255-0331
ccoleman@tnjustice.org

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
Adrienne S. Kittos, Legal Director
Casa Azafran
2195 Nolensville Road
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 823-2512
adrienne.tnjfon@gmail.com

Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts
Jesse Harbison, Director of Legal Services
1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 460-8274
VLPA@ABCnashville.org

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