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About

Legal Aid Society is committed to providing the best resources available to people living on low-incomes or in vulnerable circumstances. Providing legal services throughout Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, we are dedicated to protecting their livelihoods, their health, and their families. We have 48 attorneys in 8 offices providing help across 48 counties who are able to provide direct representation to thousands of people each year.

There are over 360,000 individuals who live at or beneath the federal poverty line in our service areas, resulting in one Legal Aid Society attorney for every 8,000 citizens who might need our services.

LAS Leaders: Champions of Justice for All

Imagine a world where justice isn't a luxury reserved for the fortunate few, but a fundamental right accessible to all. For decades, Legal Aid Society has been led by inspiring individuals who have poured their hearts and souls into this mission. Their extensive experience and unwavering dedication fuel the fight for equal justice, ensuring that even the most vulnerable have a champion in their corner. These leaders, along with a team of passionate advocates, paralegals, support staff, attorneys, volunteers, and more empower individuals and families to claim their basic rights, the very rights that underpin a life of dignity and opportunity.

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Need legal help, but not sure where to start?

We may be able to help you! We help with civil legal cases ranging from obtaining an order of protection to unfair treatment at your workplace.

Our team of experts work together to understand the problems our clients face and find the best way to address them.

We also have Legal Help Booklets on this website that may help with your legal problem.

If you want to talk to a lawyer for advice about your problem, you can come to a Free Legal Help Clinic. Click to see times and dates for legal advice.

Fighting for Justice: The Enduring Heritage of Legal Aid Society

" The national debate is this: to what extent should we as a nation support full and equal access to justice for those who can least afford it,"

-Ashley Wiltshire, Author Every Day Justice

 

At Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, we see the human cost of injustice every day. We see families facing eviction, parents fighting for their children, and individuals struggling against unfair treatment – all because they can't afford the legal help they desperately need.

But we also see the power of hope. We see the triumphs of our dedicated legal staff, the unwavering support of our community, and the countless lives transformed by access to justice.

Our work isn't only about a rich history of legal battles won – it's about people. Real people facing real challenges, who deserve a fair shot at justice. Our history has shown how access to the justice system can truely transform a life.

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1968

Legal Services of Nashville, Inc. was incorporated on February 9th by eight members of the Nashville Bar Association (NBA). They received a grant from the OEO, which was one of the last grants before the 1968 election of Nixon.

John Corbitt, former Assistant District Attorney General, was named the first Executive Director.

1969

The doors of Legal Services of Nashville, Inc. (LSON) opened on February 3, 1969 in the Stahlman building. John Corbitt, R.B.J. Campbelle, Jr. and Alf Taylor were the first lawyers at LSON.

Applied for a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship for two years. It paid $12,000 and the starting salary for an attorney at large firms was $15,000. Grayford Gray, Jerry Black, and Sarah Green were fellows – they challenged the housing authority.

1977

Legal Aid Society opened the Gallatin and Murfreesboro office and changed its name to Legal Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

1978

​Rural Legal Services of Tennessee opened the office in Oak Ridge.

1979

​Legal Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee opened the Clarksville office.

1980

​Legal Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee opened the Tullahoma office.

1987

​Legal Services of Middle Tennessee held their first fundraising campaign in Nashville with Charles Warfield as Campaign Chair

1988

​Legal Services of Middle Tennessee campaign and Nashville Pro Bono campaign were combined for the first time. Harris Gilbert helped raise $100,000 as Campaign Chair.

1995

​Legal Services of Nashville name changed  to the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee.

2002

​Consolidation of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Rural Legal Services of Tennessee, and Legal Services of South Carolina created the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LASMTC).

How We're Funded

LAS fights for justice thanks to government funding, grants, and generous supporters like you. Together, we make a lasting difference for communities in Middle Tennessee.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Equity

Legal Aid Society's Racial Justice Team champions diversity and fairness. Launched in 2020, they empower staff through education and collaborate with the community to combat racial injustice.

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Areas We Serve

Click on a service area to see list of counties and office contact information.

Clarksville Office Area

Clarksville Office

Counties Served:

Stewart, Montgomery, Robertson, Houston, Dickson, Cheatham and Humphreys

Office Location:

109 South Third Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

 

Columbia Office Area

Columbia Office

Counties Served:

Perry, Hickman, Lewis, Maury, Marshall, Wayne, Lawrence, Giles

Office Location:

1503 Hatcher Lane, Suite 105;
Columbia, TN 38401

Nashville Area

Nashville Office

Counties Served:

Davidson, Williamson

Office Location:

1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37217

Gallatin Office Area

Gallatin Office

Counties Served:

Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Wilson

Office Location:

106 Public Square, Suite 109
Gallatin, TN 37066

Murfreesboro Office Area

Murfreesboro Office

Counties Served:

Cannon, Rutherford

Office Location:

526 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Tullahoma Office Area

Tullahoma Office

Counties Served:

Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore, Warren

Office Location:

281 Industrial Blvd.
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Cookeville Office Area

Cookeville Office

Counties Served:

Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, White

Office Location:

9 South Jefferson Avenue, Suite 102
Cookeville, Tennessee 38501

Oak Ridge Office Area

Oak Ridge Office

Counties Served:

Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Roane, Scott,, Union

Office Location:

575 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 201
Oak Ridge, TN 37830