Young Lawyers Hold Training On Legal Resources Available For Librarians And Court Clerks To Use In Serving The Public

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Young lawyers with the Tennessee Bar Association and the Chattanooga Bar Association will hold two training sessions on Oct. 25, to educate local librarians and court clerks about free services available to members of the public seeking legal assistance. The training will be offered at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Downtown Library Auditorium, 1001 Broad St., Chattanooga, Tn. 37402. 

To attend, RSVP to Ellie Hill with Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway at ehill@pbsjlaw.com or 423 756-7117.

Chattanooga lawyer David McDowell, president of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, has announced that the TBA YLD will focus its service activities this year on one specific project: training librarians and clerks across the state how to use free resources to help members of the public in need of legal information and advice. These tools include:

OnlineTNJustice, which allows qualified individuals to post a legal question to a private online messaging system and receive an answer from a volunteer lawyer.

LIFT, a website that provides general information about a number of different legal issues as well as links to other pro bono resources.

aLEGALz, a toll-free hotline that provides legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans.

The goal of the project is to educate at least one librarian in each county, and have at least one library in each county equipped with a computer the public may use to access these free legal resources. Mr. McDowell also is challenging young lawyers to volunteer to answer questions posted on OnlineTNJustice, volunteer at legal aid clinics across the state and take pro bono cases from their local legal aid agency.

In cooperation with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), the YLD has created a PowerPoint presentation and a resource page so volunteer lawyers have the information they need to make presentations on these services. The website also has handouts and signs that can be downloaded and used by librarians as needed. For more information about the project contact Mr. McDowell, an attorney with Gearhiser Peters Elliott & Cannon, at 423 756-5171 or dmcdowell@gearhiserpeters.com.

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