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 October 12, 2022.
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 location and date of the next Faith & Justice Alliance Legal Advice Clinic has not yet been determined; check this page frequently for updates on upcoming clinics.
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 Clinic is on November 19, 2022