Kingsport Bar Association and Legal Aid of East Tennessee to Offer Free Monthly Legal Clinics
Launching September 19th in downtown Kingsport
KINGSPORT, TENN. – The Kingsport Bar Association, Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association will begin hosting monthly free legal advice clinics to assist low-income individuals. The first monthly clinic will be held on Sept. 19, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in downtown Kingsport. The location is 243 East Charlemont Avenue in Kingsport. Successive clinics will occur on the third Thursday of each month.
The legal clinic is a walk-in only clinic and is open to the public; no appointments are necessary. Volunteer attorneys and paralegals from the Kingsport Bar Association, Legal Aid and the Young Lawyers Division will offer legal counsel free of charge. Individual cases will not be accepted, but may be referred to individual volunteers or legal aid agencies.
Johnson City attorney Tony Seaton has been working with a similar clinic in Johnson City for the past several years. According to Seaton, the clinics are about lawyers helping people. “Legal matters can be intimidating for many, and our goal is to remove that intimidation and give people sound direction and counsel,” he says.
The Access to Justice Commission appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court has initiated similar programs in different areas of Tennessee to provide better access to the court system. Johnson City began a legal clinic in 2011 and Bristol is expected to launch a program in October.
Kingsport Bar Association officers Andy Wampler and Mike Forrester have been instrumental in launching the new Kingsport clinic. According to Forrester, “This gives the legal community a great opportunity to give back to our community. It is the lawyers’ equivalent of ‘Habitat for Humanity’ or ‘Doctors without Borders’.”
About the Kingsport Bar Association
The Kingsport Bar Association is an association of attorneys practicing in and around Kingsport. Having served the legal community of Kingsport for decades, the KBA meets on a regular schedule to allow for personal and professional development of its members. Members of the KBA have been active and prominent in legal practice throughout Northeast Tennessee, and work with all branches of Tennessee government at the state level to assist citizens with law-related matters. The KBA looks to improve the legal profession, advance the rule of law, and ensure ethical and professional practice in the local community. The KBA has a number of initiatives including continuing education for its members, supporting the court system, and partnering with other organizations for volunteer opportunities.
About Legal Aid of East Tennesse
The mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused and low-income persons, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance and advocacy. LAET has been part of the community structure of East Tennessee for over 40 years, serving 26 counties from Chattanooga to Johnson City. For more information, visit www.laet.org.
About the Young Lawyers Division of the Tennessee Bar Association
The TBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is comprised of lawyers in their first five years of practice or under 36 years of age. It is dedicated to serving the professional needs of young lawyers and serving the public as the “service arm of the bar.” For more information, visit www.tba.org/division/young-lawyers-division.
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