The KBA Access to Justice Committee has developed this program to support nonprofits in East Tennessee.
The Knoxville Bar Association and its participating attorneys recognize that many small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations often have legal questions, but not the resources to retain legal counsel. Participating attorneys provide up to one hour of pro bono legal assistance to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations with a budget of $1,000,000 or less. Through this partnership, nonprofit staff and board leaders are assured timely and accurate answers while providing attorneys with a satisfying, but not overwhelming way to perform pro bono services.
HOW IT WORKS:
Nonprofits with a budget of $1,000,000 or less.
If the member organization is eligible and the question seems appropriate for the one-hour consultation, staff of the Knoxville Bar Association will contact an attorney in the appropriate area of law.
If the attorney agrees to speak with the nonprofit staff or board member, the Knoxville Bar Association makes the referral. The nonprofit is asked to wait 48 hours to allow the attorney to complete conflict-of interest checks within the law firm.
The nonprofit contacts the attorney who provides a one-hour consultation on a pro bono basis.
The attorney completes a short evaluation form and returns it to the Knoxville Bar Association.
Add your organization to the Volunteer Handbook
The KBA Access to Justice Committee has developed a Volunteer Handbook that is available to KBA members. The handbook provides helpful information about how you can volunteer with area community service agencies and is in an easy-to-read format. Search for volunteer opportunities using the "Volunteer" tab on the home page of the KBA website. The material from the KBA's Volunteer handbook has been added to a searchable database so you can seach by agency name or category. If you are interested in adding your nonprofit organization to the database, please download the form and e-mail to Marsha Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.