Tennessee (TN) Civil Legal Aid

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Civil Legal Aid Providers Related to This Geographic Area

Community Legal Center (TN) -- Serving the Memphis and Shelby County communities for more than 20 years and continually adapt to meet the civil legal needs of the residents.

Disability Rights Tennessee (DRT) -- Founded as E.A.C.H. in 1978. Most recently the agency was known as Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee.

HELP4TN.org -- Legal Information for Tennesseans (LIFT) is a web portal designed to provide one-stop access to a range of legal and social services. Created by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) with others.

Just City (Memphis) -- Non-profit advancing policies and programs within Shelby County and the State of Tennessee that strengthen the right to counsel and mitigate the damage caused to families and neighborhoods as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.

Justice for Our Neighbors (TN) -- Provides affordable legal services to low income immigrants and their families. Trains volunteers, attorneys, law students and communities of faith to help carry out advocate for the rights of our immigrant neighbors.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee -- Helps provide equal justice for elderly, abused, and low income persons in 26 counties of East Tennessee. LAET provides a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy, and has been part of the community structure for more than 50 years.

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) -- Provides free legal assistance in civil (non criminal) matters to persons in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee.

Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) -- Program of the nonprofit organization Elder Law of Michigan. Serves Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Southeast Tennessee Legal Services -- A public interest law firm seeking justice and opportunity for Tennesseans.


Organizations (not Providers) Related to This Geographic Area

Selected, incomplete list of organizations that have done something relating to civil legal aid. Listing below does not imply endorsement.

Tennessee Access to Justice Commission (TNAJC) -- In response to this growing problem, the Tennessee Supreme Court made access to justice its number one strategic priority and formally formed their Access to Justice Initiative in April 2009.


Other Information Sources

Access to Justice Initiative: Tennessee Access to Justice Commission (TNAJC)

LSC state grantee profile: LSC-Funded Programs in Tennessee

National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Tennessee

American Bar Association: Resources for people without a lawyer in Tennessee


Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area

Murfreesboro family fights TennCare to keep daughter out of hospital
February 8, 2018 | Daily News Journal (TN) | Mariah Timms | Feature

Easing the burden of paying court fees
October 4, 2017 | Johnson City Press | Editorial

Traffic Debt Keeps Thousands of Low-Income Drivers Off The Road In Tennessee
October 2, 2017 | WPLN (Nashville Public Radio) | Julieta Martinelli | News Story

Study Highlights Tennessee’s Harsh Driver’s License Suspension Policies
September 26, 2017 | Nashville Scene | Steven Hale | News Story

How to sue without a lawyer
May 2, 2017 | WREG-TV (Memphis, TN) | Zaneta Lowe | News Story

Trump’s Budget: Taking Aim at Legal Aid for the Poor
April 19, 2017 | Knoxville Mercury | S. Heather Duncan | News Story

Trump budget would cut Legal Aid funds in half
April 8, 2017 | Cleveland Daily Banner (TN) | Saralyn Norkus | News Story

How evictions can stay on your record longer than you think
March 9, 2017 | WREG-TV (Memphis, TN) | Zaneta Lowe , Eryn Taylor | News Story

75-year-old immigrant lives off nearly nothing, still pursues GED to help others
February 16, 2017 | Tennessean, The | Jessica Bliss | Feature

Homeless veterans lack access to justice
November 11, 2016 | Tennessean, The | Gary Housepian | Op-Ed