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Cooling Centers are Scarce Amid Nashville’s Summer Heat

June 26, 2024 Comments Off on Cooling Centers are Scarce Amid Nashville’s Summer Heat

The 120-year-old building on the corner of Meridian Street and East Trinity Lane has transformed into a nonprofit where everyone who enters through its doors is called “neighbor.” That includes the Piggly Wiggly employee who sleeps outside, to the woman…

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Democracy, The Justice Gap, and Preserving the Rule of Law

June 26, 2024 Comments Off on Democracy, The Justice Gap, and Preserving the Rule of Law

Written By DarKenya W. Waller, Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands, and Eric G. Osborne, a partner at Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison PLC. What if we told you that for just $200 a…

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What Non-English Speakers Should Know About Court Interpreters | COMMENTARY

June 26, 2024 Comments Off on What Non-English Speakers Should Know About Court Interpreters | COMMENTARY

Contributed commentary by Patricia Jones, managing attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands’ Columbia office. Receiving a notice to appear in court can be a stressful experience for anyone, but even more so for those who aren’t…

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Legal Aid Lawyer Receives Lifetime Achievement Distinction

June 26, 2024 Comments Off on Legal Aid Lawyer Receives Lifetime Achievement Distinction

The Nashville Business Journal has awarded its 2024 Lifetime Achievement distinction to Nashville lawyer David Tarpley, the lead attorney for housing and consumer law at Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Tarpley graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in…

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How the Legal Aid Society Helps Low-Income Taxpayers

June 26, 2024 Comments Off on How the Legal Aid Society Helps Low-Income Taxpayers

“The biggest anti-poverty government subsidy is not welfare or Aid for Families with Dependent Children,” said a recent speaker to the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge. “It’s the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC),” which is embedded in the federal income…

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From Slavery to Silence: Felony Disenfranchisement’s Impact on African Americans

June 18, 2024 Comments Off on From Slavery to Silence: Felony Disenfranchisement’s Impact on African Americans

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned of their freedom, a full two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This day stands as a powerful symbol of liberation and a…

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Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ community?

June 4, 2024 Comments Off on Can a landlord refuse to rent to me because I am a part of the LGBTQIA+ community?

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 represents a cornerstone of civil rights legislation in the United States, prohibiting discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, and disability. Over the years, this landmark law has…

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Ten things you need to know about mediation rights for same-sex couples

June 4, 2024 Comments Off on Ten things you need to know about mediation rights for same-sex couples

Mediation involves resolving disputes between two parties through dialogue and negotiation, leading to a mutually acceptable agreement. In child custody cases, a neutral third-party mediator assists both parents in negotiating a custody agreement and parenting plan that works for both parties. Many parents opt for mediation during separation or divorce. 

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Rental Agreements Often Leave Nashville Renters with Few Options

May 30, 2024 Comments Off on Rental Agreements Often Leave Nashville Renters with Few Options

Class action and jury trial waivers in leases create roadblocks for tenants who want to sue their landlords When Mark Finlay opened his email to sign the lease to his one-bedroom apartment in 2019, a one-page addendum at the end…

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If Tennessee landlord doesn’t fix problems, you can’t afford to sue them or move, what are you supposed to do?

May 30, 2024 Comments Off on If Tennessee landlord doesn’t fix problems, you can’t afford to sue them or move, what are you supposed to do?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — We hear from people almost everyday who are at their wits’ end with their landlords. A lot of people contact us saying their property manager isn’t making necessary repairs and therefore they feel at-risk. We took…

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