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Posted by: Carole Doorley on Aug 8, 2019

The 36th Annual Race Judicata will be held on Saturday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. at the UM Law School.  Last year, the MBA Wellness Committee partnered with the UM Law School Student Bar Association Wellness Committee to organize the Race, which had over 250 participants and raised nearly $10,000 for the Community Legal Center and Memphis Area Legal Services.  Our goal is to improve upon both those figures this year.  To do that, we need your help in one (or more) of the following ways: 

  1. Sign up to be a runner ($25 in advance) or spirit runner ($20) and form a running team with others in your firm or office.
  2. Consider sponsoring the Race (either yourself or your firm/business).  Sponsorship levels range from $250 (Sessions Sponsor) to Supreme Sponsor ($2,500).  Sponsorship includes a number of race entries and t-shirts.  All proceeds from the Race will benefit access to justice programs offered by the Community Legal Center and Memphis Area Legal Services. See the attached flyer for more details.
  3. Spread the word about the Race!  Like & follow Race Judicata on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RaceJudicata5K/, contact friends and colleagues and encourage them to participate, put up a poster (available at the MBA office) in your firm/office or places lawyers frequent.

We need your support to make this year's Race Judicata an even bigger success!  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Christy Washington, Chair, MBA Wellness Committee, at cfwashingtonlaw@gmail.com or Anne at 901.333.0077; afritz@memphisbar.org.

Christy Washington, Chair                           Anne Fritz, Executive Director
Wellness Committee                                     Memphis Bar Association

 

Posted by: Carole Doorley on Jul 23, 2019

The latest issue of the Memphis Lawyer magazine can be viewed online here.

Posted by: Lauren Gooch on Jun 26, 2019

The MBA is actively working with vendors to redesign your member benefits package for 2020! We are working to provide the best range of benefits from travel discounts to professional services! If your company is interested in partnering with MBA, please reach out to Lauren Gooch at LGooch@memphisbar.org for details.

To access your benefits and learn more about the below discount programs, login to My MBA. If you're having difficulty logging in, email Carole at cdoorley@memphisbar.org

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Posted by: Carole Doorley on May 30, 2019

Nashville, TN -- The Tennessee Bar Foundation has awarded $1,122,735, from the Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund – or “TLIF.”  The funds came from a consumer relief settlement between the Department of Justice and Bank of America Corporation.  Under the settlement, funds were donated nationwide to organizations that administer each state’s IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program.  The amount was based on federal poverty census data.

Tennessee received $8,500,000.  Guidance for its use was just a few words in the settlement, “…for the sole purpose of providing funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Tennessee to be used for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance… .”  No further direction was given.  

A broad-based committee was named by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to make recommendations.  It was determined that the money would be used to extend the capacity of organizations to break the cycle of poverty and the barriers to justice by using civil legal aid and education to increase productivity and success for vulnerable populations.  According to N. Houston Parks, of Columbia,  Chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, “The work would be centered on innovation, coupled with durable and life-changing initiatives, to redevelop communities. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Foundation to make a lasting difference for the populations the grantees serve.”

TLIF monies will be granted in two phases.   The Discovery Phase began in July 2018. Thirty-three applications were received from Tennessee organizations.  The grantee organizations, just selected in May 2019, are listed below.  

After recipients have completed approximately one year of activity, TLIF’s second phase, “Implementation,” will evaluate the results.  It is hoped that these pilot projects will show that system-level change may come through scale or replication.  Armed with the outcomes of these projects, plans for the distribution of the remaining $7,500,000 will be made at that time.

 

TLIF Grant Awards

Organization (or Lead Organization)

Project Name

Award

Project Description

Choosing Justice Initiative

All Around Justice

$100,000

Implement wraparound program to pay court-appointed, criminal defense lawyers to handle client civil legal needs.

Community Legal Center

Remote Immigrant Initiative

$62,000

Use technology and collaborative services to coordinate representation at Memphis Immigration Court for clients from Middle/East Tennessee.

Dismas House, Inc.

Pro Se Legal Workshop for Reentry Clients

$100,000

Train reentry clients to overcome obstacles, pro se or with counsel, to obtain a driver's license and other necessities for life post-incarceration.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Mental Health Law Partnership

$91,991

Establish partnership to provide on-site legal help to clients of Helen Ross McNabb Center who suffer from mental illness, addiction or social challenge.                                                     

Memphis Bar Foundation

One Stop Legal Help Portal

$70,000

Create online portal for appropriate referral of potential clients to Community Legal Center or Memphis Area Legal Services. 

Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

Mediation Access Tennessee

$99,728

Provide access to mediation through conferencing technology that links rural and underserved populations with community mediation centers.

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Increased Access to Workers' Compensation Resources

$100,000

Implement data-driven resources for injured workers, including online assistance for preparation of pro se worker compensation claims.

Tennessee Justice Center, Inc.

General Sessions GPS

$100,000

Develop educational resources and train volunteers to assist General Sessions Court litigants who cannot afford an attorney.

Tennessee Justice Center, Inc.

Independence

$100,000

Reform systemic policies and procedures surrounding long term services and supports portion of the TennCare program, known as CHOICES.

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Families Together

$99,016

Provide classroom education and pro bono legal services for immigrant families.

The Justice Initiative

Holistic Legal Incubator Program

$100,000

Train new lawyers and social workers, interested in an interdisciplinary approach to law practice, through a wraparound program.

University of Tennessee College of Law - Legal Clinic

ExpungeTN

$100,000

Assist rural East Tennesseans, with prior criminal justice interaction, to get various types of relief without an attorney.

 

The Tennessee Bar Foundation is an organization of attorneys from across the state, active since 1982. The Foundation has a three-fold purpose:

  1. to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them to membership as “Fellows,”
  2. to use the contributions of these Fellows to support selected, law-related public interest projects, and
  3. to administer Tennessee’s IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program.

Posted by: Carole Doorley on May 30, 2019

Nashville, TN -- The Tennessee Bar Foundation has awarded $1,122,735, from the Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund – or “TLIF.”  The funds came from a consumer relief settlement between the Department of Justice and Bank of America Corporation.  Under the settlement, funds were donated nationwide to organizations that administer each state’s IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program.  The amount was based on federal poverty census data.

Tennessee received $8,500,000.  Guidance for its use was just a few words in the settlement, “…for the sole purpose of providing funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Tennessee to be used for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment legal assistance… .”  No further direction was given.  

A broad-based committee was named by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to make recommendations.  It was determined that the money would be used to extend the capacity of organizations to break the cycle of poverty and the barriers to justice by using civil legal aid and education to increase productivity and success for vulnerable populations.  According to N. Houston Parks, of Columbia,  Chair of the Tennessee Bar Foundation Board of Trustees, “The work would be centered on innovation, coupled with durable and life-changing initiatives, to redevelop communities. This is a tremendous opportunity for the Foundation to make a lasting difference for the populations the grantees serve.”

TLIF monies will be granted in two phases.   The Discovery Phase began in July 2018. Thirty-three applications were received from Tennessee organizations.  The grantee organizations, just selected in May 2019, are listed below.  

After recipients have completed approximately one year of activity, TLIF’s second phase, “Implementation,” will evaluate the results.  It is hoped that these pilot projects will show that system-level change may come through scale or replication.  Armed with the outcomes of these projects, plans for the distribution of the remaining $7,500,000 will be made at that time.

 

TLIF Grant Awards

Organization (or Lead Organization)

Project Name

Award

Project Description

Choosing Justice Initiative

All Around Justice

$100,000

Implement wraparound program to pay court-appointed, criminal defense lawyers to handle client civil legal needs.

Community Legal Center

Remote Immigrant Initiative

$62,000

Use technology and collaborative services to coordinate representation at Memphis Immigration Court for clients from Middle/East Tennessee.

Dismas House, Inc.

Pro Se Legal Workshop for Reentry Clients

$100,000

Train reentry clients to overcome obstacles, pro se or with counsel, to obtain a driver's license and other necessities for life post-incarceration.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Mental Health Law Partnership

$91,991

Establish partnership to provide on-site legal help to clients of Helen Ross McNabb Center who suffer from mental illness, addiction or social challenge.                                                     

Memphis Bar Foundation

One Stop Legal Help Portal

$70,000

Create online portal for appropriate referral of potential clients to Community Legal Center or Memphis Area Legal Services. 

Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

Mediation Access Tennessee

$99,728

Provide access to mediation through conferencing technology that links rural and underserved populations with community mediation centers.

Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services

Increased Access to Workers' Compensation Resources

$100,000

Implement data-driven resources for injured workers, including online assistance for preparation of pro se worker compensation claims.

Tennessee Justice Center, Inc.

General Sessions GPS

$100,000

Develop educational resources and train volunteers to assist General Sessions Court litigants who cannot afford an attorney.

Tennessee Justice Center, Inc.

Independence

$100,000

Reform systemic policies and procedures surrounding long term services and supports portion of the TennCare program, known as CHOICES.

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Families Together

$99,016

Provide classroom education and pro bono legal services for immigrant families.

The Justice Initiative

Holistic Legal Incubator Program

$100,000

Train new lawyers and social workers, interested in an interdisciplinary approach to law practice, through a wraparound program.

University of Tennessee College of Law - Legal Clinic

ExpungeTN

$100,000

Assist rural East Tennesseans, with prior criminal justice interaction, to get various types of relief without an attorney.

TLIF monies will be granted in two phases.   The Discovery Phase began in July 2018. Thirty-three applications were received from Tennessee organizations.  The grantee organizations, just selected in May 2019, are listed below.  


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