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Legal Aid Of East Tennessee (Knoxville)

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 staff is able to offer services to only a small fraction of the low-income persons who apply for legal assistance. By volunteering through LAET's Pro Bono Project, lawyers and other members of the legal community assist many of the people LAET cannot serve.

Pro Bono Project members are not required to accept a specific number of referrals or perform a particular type of service. You may describe on your application any limitations or conditions on the scope of your service.

  • Counties of Volunteer Opportunity: Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Carter, Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Housing, Life Planning, Public Benefits, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Does the organization provide malpractice insurance for volunteers? Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / supervision comments: LAET offers a series of CLE programs a little or no charge to PBP members.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Lawyers can earn Continuing Legal Education credit by doing their pro bono service through the Pro Bono Project. Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 21(4)4.07(c) authorizes one hour of Ethics and Professionalism Credit for every five hours of pro bono work. You may report your time to your Pro Bono Project Director, who will submit it to the CLE Commission quarterly
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Support (e.g., discovery), Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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