2SLAC - 2nd Saturday Legal Clinic (formerly Saturday Legal Clinic) is held the second Saturday of each month from 10:00-11:45 am at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN.
Clients will fill out an application and then speak to an attorney about their legal matter. Applications will be taken until 11:45 am. The clinic is free and is sponsored by the Memphis Bar Association and Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
All 2018 Legal Clinics will be held from 10 am to Noon on the second Saturday of the month.
Each Thursday afternoon, beginning at 1:30 pm, volunteer attorneys are on hand in Room 134 of the Shelby County Courthouse, 140 Adams Ave., to provide advice about legal procedures to litigants. Members of the public are helped on a first come, first served basis. Walk-ins are welcome.
A legal clinic to assist veterans is held on the second Tuesday of each month on the 11th floor of 1407 Union Ave. from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Volunteer attorneys provide advice to veterans on matters such as child support, expungement of criminal record, driver's license revocation, and debts. Attorneys cannot provide advice on veterans' benefits.
Volunteer mediators provide free mediation assistance to people in conflict, usually in General Sessions Court, and help them reach an agreement to avoid a trial. Mediators meet in General Sessions Division 4 at 10:00 am every Thursday to schedule mediation.
Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) provides free legal assistance and representation in civil (non-criminal) matters to eligible clients in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties. For most help, clients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, have low-income and limited assets, and be seeking help with a legal issue that they handle. However, they can assist the following regardless of income level: the elderly; those with foreclosure prevention, mortgage default or other housing problems; those with tax issues. To find out if you are eligible for their services, call 901.523.8822 and talk to an intake counselor.
MALS does not handle the following matters: criminal cases, class actions, malpractice, personal injury/product liability, or worker's compensation.
MALS also sponsors several clinics for the public. For a complete listing of those clinics, click here.
The Community Legal Center (CLC) works daily to ensure access to justice for all, providing legal counsel in basic civil matters to those of limited means and those at risk. The CLC’s civil law program serves Memphis’ “working poor” whose income falls below the living wage level. Cases the CLC handles includes landlord/tenant disputes, non-contested divorces, non-contested adoptions, garnishments, guardianships, contract disputes, elder abuse, advance directives (wills, powers of attorney), conservatorships, mediation. The CLC does NOT handle criminal cases, employment cases, civil rights violations, bankruptcies, insurance, personal injury, child support/child custody, disability cases, social security claims, contested divorces.
The CLC provides assistance to those seeking to represent themselves in divorce proceedings through its Pro Se Divorce Clinic. CLC runs a clinic each morning at the Civil Courthouse to assist parents with minor children who are residents of Shelby County and meet our income requirements obtain divorces as self-represented litigants.
CLC also provides a variety of immigration legal services to low-income immigrants who live within the jurisdiction of the Memphis Immigration Court. Services provided include adjustment of status, asylum, applications for U-Visas for victims of crime, T-Visas for victims of human trafficking, and naturalization among others.
For more details and for a complete listing of our programs, please visit clcmemphis.org.
If you are an attorney or legal professional looking for volunteer opportunities, please visit our Pro Bono page.
Established in 1982, the Memphis Bar Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Memphis Bar Association.