Memphis Bar Association

SATURDAY LEGAL CLINIC

sponsored by the ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMITTEE

 

To volunteer, contact Linda Warren Seely at lseely@malsi.org or 901.523.8822.  

About the Clinic

Initiated in October 2007, the Saturday Legal Clinic is a project of the Access to Justice Committee, a collaborative effort of the Memphis Bar Association, Memphis Area Legal Services, the Community Legal Center, and other nonprofit organizations providing legal services to those in need. The clinics are held the second Saturday of each month from 10 am to 12:30 pm at the main library (3030 Poplar Avenue).  Volunteers see individuals on a first come, first served basis, and the legal matters are typically very general and simple.

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Volunteer?

The Access to Justice Committee often hears from attorneys that they are not sure they are qualified to offer assistance at a free legal clinic. One attorney said “I’m a contract attorney. I don’t know anything about how to handle a divorce or bankruptcy. I don’t think they’ll need me at the clinic.” However, this is not the case. We see a bit of everything at the clinic. No matter what your skills, we will put them to use.
     To assist our volunteers, we have attorneys who regularly participate in the clinic who are happy to help our newcomers. You may sit with a regular volunteer until you are ready to see clients on your own; consult one of the regular volunteer attorneys on an as needed basis; attend a free CLE geared toward basic legal issues presented at the clinic to help you brush up your skills; and assist a client in utilizing one of several resources at the clinic. To help the attorneys, paralegal volunteers prescreen applicants so the attorneys can review an issue prior to seeing the client and see only those types of cases within their comfort level. We encourage all attorneys to come and give it a try. Most love the experience so much, they come back for seconds!

News Coverage

For more details on the Saturday Legal Clinics, click the links below to watch news coverage of the clinics. A special thanks to WREG Ch. 3 and Fox 13 Memphis for helping us spread the word about this program.

Commercial Appeal--Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Assistance at Legal Clinics-- May 23, 2010
WREG Ch. 3 -- May 8, 2010

Fox 13 Memphis-- September 18, 2008
Fox 13 Memphis-- October 23, 2008

 


Clinic Schedule

--All clinics will open for applicants at 10 am and stop intake at 12:30 pm. Volunteers are needed until 1 pm.

--Attorneys and other volunteers are welcome to come for any part or the entire clinic.
--Although some firms or organizations have taken the lead in recruiting volunteers by sponsoring specific clinics throughout the year, additional volunteers are still needed. If you or your firm would like to sponsor a clinic, please contact Anne Fritz at afritz@memphisbar.org or 901.527.3573.

 

2014

February 8
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Martin, Tate, Morrow and Marston and the Memphis City Attorney’s Office 

March 8
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Thomason Hendrix

April 12
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Burch Porter and International Paper

May 10
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Evans Petree and Bourland Heflin

June 14
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by NBA Ben Jones Chapter

July 12
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Hardison Firm and
Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox

August 9
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by FedEx Legal Department and the Association of Women Attorneys

September 13
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by the MBA Young Lawyers Division

October 11
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by Wyatt Tarrant & Combs

November 8
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by MBA Board and Past Presidents

December 13
10 am to noon
Ben Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Sponsored by the MALS Board and Staff

 

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