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, and the local VA office.
Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic
CrossWalk Community Church, located at 2131 E. Gov John Sevier Highway, 37920.
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Pro Bono Debt Relief Clinic
The KBA's Bankruptcy Section is partnering with Legal Aid of East Tennessee, with the support and involvement of United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight, to create a Pro Bono Debt Relief Clinic to provide pro bono legal services to income eligible consumer debtors. The joint effort will host quarterly clinics, with the possibility of increasing the frequency depending on need and availability of volunteers.
LAET staff will screen potential clients and give instructions to complete a questionnaire and bring it along with tax returns and pay stubs to the clinic. Clinics will be held on Saturday mornings, with the second quarterly clinic to be held on August 11, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be held at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. LAET staff will screen potential clients and give instructions to complete a questionnaire and bring it along with tax returns and pay stubs to the clinic. Judge Bauknight will present a short overview of the bankruptcy system after which volunteer attorneys will be paired with clients to discuss whether bankruptcy is an option or desirable to provide debt relief. If a client qualifies for and desires to file a bankruptcy petition, during the clinic, the volunteer attorney and client will schedule a follow up appointment to move forward with a case.
Please consider this opportunity to serve a significant need in our community and help fulfill the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice initiative, which sets a goal of 50 pro bono hours annually. Attorneys who meet this goal will be named “Attorneys for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court (see www.tsc.state.tn.us/ProBonoRecognition). Plans are also in the works for an annual event hosted by the Bankruptcy Court, KBA, and LAET to recognize volunteers and celebrate is anticipated to be a great success.
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