Legal Aid Society Helps in a Major Way

Throughout the year, they handled a total of 7,022 cases for low-income families and individuals across the organization's 48-county service area.

News Story (Tennessee)

WGNS Radio (TN)
August 30, 2016

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


“These numbers continue to reflect the importance of legal advocacy across our region. Our staff and our volunteer attorneys spent more than 136,000 hours in 2015 providing critical free civil legal assistance to meet basic needs of Tennesseans who are low-income,” said Gary Housepian, Legal Aid Society’s executive director. “Every minute spent in the office, on the phone, in the courtroom–wherever we are–is focused directly on fairness in the civil justice system for our clients. Because when justice prevails, we all win.”

Legal Aid Society’s staff and volunteer attorneys provided assistance and representation over a wide variety of civic legal areas in 2015 including: Family (33 percent), housing (18 percent), consumer (14 percent), income maintenance (13 percent), miscellaneous (9 percent), health (7 percent), employment (5 percent) and individual rights issues (1 percent).