Volunteer at aN Upcoming Legal Advice Clinic
Veterans' Legal Advice Clinic
The Barristers established a 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. Starting in 2024, the clinic is held every other 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 April 10, 2024. Future clinics are June 12, August 14, October 9, and December 11.
Volunteers may also choose to continue to volunteer by telephone.
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.
The next Faith and Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic has yet to be planned. Keep an eye out for future updates.
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 clinic will be held on May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office. Attorneys should arrive by 9:30 a.m. For more information on the clinic, view the flyer.