Volunteer at a Upcoming Legal Advice Clinic
Veteran's Legal Advice Clinic
The Barristers established a monthly legal advice clinic for veterans beginning in September 2016 and since that time, hundreds of veterans have received assistance in a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, consumer protection, contract disputes, child support, and personal injury, among other issues. The clinic is held each month on the second Wednesday from 12 noon – 2 pm at the Public Defender’s Community Law Office at 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN 37912. Attorney and law student volunteers are needed.
The Veterans’ Legal Advice Clinic is a general advice and referral clinic which serves between 20 and 30 veterans in the community. This is a joint project of the Knoxville Barristers, the Young Lawyers Division of the Knoxville Bar Association (KBA), KBA/Barristers Access to Justice Committees, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University- Duncan School of Law and the local VA office.
The next clinic is set for March 10, 2021 and is a virtual/telephone-only clinic.
Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic
Judge Suzanne Bauknight, the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Knoxville Bar Association (“KBA”), with the support of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission (“AJC”) and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (“TALS”), have joined forces with the Federal Bar Associations in the Eastern District of Tennessee to conduct a virtual pro bono debt relief clinic on March 13, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. by Zoom. The advice clinic will be available to qualified individuals who live in counties in the Eastern District that are within the territory of Legal Aid of East Tennessee (“LAET”). Attorneys will volunteer to conduct initial meetings with the clients to discuss their situations and options.
Potential clinic clients will be prescreened to determine eligibility for the clinic, which is available to individuals whose income and expenses place them at less than 250% of the federal poverty level based on household size. United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight will begin the clinic with an overview about debt issues, the bankruptcy system, and reasons for and against seeking bankruptcy protection. After the overview, clients will be paired with volunteer attorneys in virtual break-out rooms to confidentially discuss debt relief options.
Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Advice Clinic
Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is a project of the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission. In the Knoxville area, the program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the University of Tennessee College of Law, and the generous lawyers, law students, and others volunteering their time and talent.
In recognition of and participation in the Tennessee Access to Justice Commission's Pro Bono Month, a telephone clinic is planned for the week of April 12-16. Details will be forthcoming soon, and we look forward to your support!