Knoxville Bar Association NEWS
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In response to the wildfire disasters in Gatlinburg and Sevier County, the TBA is partnering with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) to help those affected with their legal needs. Attorneys who want to help can access training resources and other materials on the TBA's Disaster Legal Assistance page. Legal clinics and outreach related to losses from the fires are anticipated and volunteers will be needed.
For more information or to volunteer in the area, contact Kathryn Ellis at Legal Aid of East Tennessee. Legal Aid of East Tennessee will be holding clinics on Friday December 9, Monday, December 19 and January 23 from 1:00 pm-5:00 pm at the Courtyard Gatlinburg, 315 Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg.
Attorneys who are not in the area but still want to help can volunteer to answer online questions at TN Free Legal Answers or respond to calls on the HELP4TN helpline. The TBA's Young Lawyers Division Disaster Relief Committee has also been activated and will be assisting with volunteer recruitment and coordination efforts. To volunteer, complete the Disaster Legal Assistance Volunteer Form. If you know someone in need of legal assistance, please have them call the legal helpline at 844-HELP4TN, or visit help4tn.org.
There is also a critical need to provide meals for the national service workers helping with the recovery efforts in Sevier County. The Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) has been designated by Sevier County as the manager of volunteer operations throughout the extensive recovery process. Through the VRC, volunteers are registered in a secure and efficient manner to connect with the long-term disaster recovery opportunities. There are 50 volunteers from various organizations that staff the VRC 7 days a week. If you are able to provide pre-packaged lunch or dinner for the 50 volunteers between now and January 15th, please click here. It is not necessary to provide drinks or utensils. These meals will be helping feed those making the VRC possible! If you are interested in donating money to the VRC which will be used to cover meals, you can visit https://www.volunteeretn.org/donate.