Volunteer at a Upcoming Legal Advice Clinic
The KBA Board of Governors is fully aware of the ongoing and changing COVID/Delta variant concerns facing all of us. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. The KBA will comply with any protocols or requirements of any venue in place at the time of an event or program. In the absence of more restrictive venue protocols, we ask that all unvaccinated attendees wear a mask during indoor KBA events. Further, masks are encouraged, but not required, for vaccinated individuals. We will continue to work with event venues to ensure maximum protection and will have ample opportunities for spacing and social distancing. Protocols may be adjusted in response to changes in the local COVID situation. Attendees who develop symptoms of COVID or test positive within 14 days of an event are asked to contact the KBA.
Individuals attending in-person KBA events do so with an acknowledgement and acceptance of the associated risks.
Veterans' 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 Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty Street. 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 on February 8, 2023.
Volunteers may also choose to continue to volunteer by telephone.
Black Owned Business Clinic and Legal Advice Clinic: February 16, 2023
The Black Owned Business Clinic and Legal Advice Clinic will provide legal guidance for local Black-owned business owners to help them navigate legal issues and have the opportunity to meet individually with attorneys to ask questions and seek advice. The event will be held at the offices of the Knoxville Area Urban League and will consist of two parts, first a brief presentation about business law by Eric Amarante of the UT College of Law, followed by one-on-one sessions where participants meet with attorneys and ask specific questions regarding their businesses. We anticipate that consultations will be approximately 30 minutes each, allowing attorneys to provide issue-spotting to help address potential legal problems early.
This program is coordinated by the Knoxville Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, the Black-Owned Business Directory (#BuyBlackKnox), the University of Tennessee College of Law, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, the Tennessee Access to Justice Initiative, the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office, and the attorneys, law students and others volunteering their time and talent.
If you are unable to participate on February 16, 2023, but would still like to help business owners, please contact Tracy Chain at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to a list of referrals that participants can use to contact you after the clinic.
- DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2023
- TIME: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Volunteers should arrive by 4:15 p.m.
- ADDRESS: Knoxville Area Urban League, 1514 E. 5th Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic: February 4, 2023
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.
The next Faith and Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic will be held on February 4, 2023, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, in person at City Church, 522 Sevier Avenue, Knoxville, TN. For more information on the clinic, view the flyer.
Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic
The KBA's Bankruptcy Section, in partnership with Legal Aid of East Tennessee and with the support and involvement of United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight, will be holding a Pro Bono Debt Relief Clinic to provide pro bono legal services to income-eligible consumer debtors. 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 begin by presenting a short overview of the bankruptcy system to explain to clinic clients that options other than bankruptcy might be more appropriate for them, depending on their circumstances. After Judge Bauknight's presentation, 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.
The next Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, in person at the Knox County Public Defender's Community Law Office, 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville, TN.
The next clinic is on February 11, 2023. Deadline to register is February 3.