Legal Aid Society Names Director, Coordinator of New Eviction Right to Counsel Program for Low-Income Renters

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  NASHVILLE, Tennessee, Nov. 15, 2022 ­– Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced today that Elizabeth Leiserson and Zane Jud have joined the firm’s new Eviction Right to Counsel program for qualifying low-income renters, with Leiserson serving as project director and Jud as project coordinator. The …

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Nashville evictions double in October; Metro program gives tenants free access to lawyers

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s been an uptick in people getting kicked out of their homes in Nashville in recent months, according to data provided by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. There were 308 evictions in October, according to the department, compared to 145 in October of 2021. In September, there were 226 evictions compared …

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Shelby Dodson named managing attorney of local Legal Aid Society

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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands announced that Shelby Dodson has been promoted to managing attorney of its Gallatin office. Dodson previously served as a staff attorney in Legal Aid Society’s Gallatin office since 2018, where she has represented hundreds of low-income and vulnerable residents of Macon, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson …

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Expungement Clinic Lawyers Donate Over $12K in Legal Services

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Expungement Clinic Lawyers Donate Over $12K in Legal Services Attorneys from Butler Snow, Bradley, Baker Donelson and Adams and Reese participated in an expungement clinic at Belmont School of Law on Friday as part of the Capitol City Challenge. Attorneys and Belmont Law students were welcomed by TBA Vice President Ed Lanquist and Davidson County …

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Legal Aid Society COVID-19 Response

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Legal Aid remains open at this critical time for our clients: Our entire team across forty eight offices are working remotely and moving upcoming events, like legal clinics, to a digital space to ensure the safety of our community. Although our physical offices are closed and in-person intake suspended, we remain very much open and …

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What Happens to Tenants with the Courts Closed?

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What Happens to Tenants with the Courts Closed? In Tennessee, a landlord cannot force a tenant to move without going through the court’s eviction process. The courts in Tennessee are closed except for emergency cases. Eviction cases are not currently considered an emergency. Because the courts are closed to eviction cases, your landlord cannot force …

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Free Legal Assistance for Tornado Survivors

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Free Legal Help for Middle Tennessee Tornado Survivors in 3 Counties March 11, 2020 — Legal assistance organizations and bar associations have joined forces to support people affected by the tornadoes that moved through Middle Tennessee overnight between March 2 and 3, 2020. Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands is hosting legal clinics …

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FMLA improves gender equality in workplace

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Published in the Murfreesboro Post on Sept. 19, 2019 | Bill Bush It’s been nearly 100 years since women in the U.S. first gained the right to vote — a milestone commemorated each year with Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26. Even today, the struggle for full gender equality continues — particularly in the workplace, …

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How Used Car Buyers Can Protect Their Legal Rights

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Published in the Main Street Nashville on Aug. 26,2019 Few purchases can wreak more havoc on your pocketbook than when the used car you purchase develops mechanical problems. Unlike new car purchases, which are covered under “lemon laws” that protect buyers from being stuck with inoperable or defective vehicles, most used cars in Tennessee are …

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Why pro bono work is so gratifying and necessary

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Published in the Tennessean on Nov. 25, 2019 | Author Jacqueline Dixon The words “pro bono” — based on a Latin term meaning “for the public good” — might not mean much to anyone outside the legal profession. For most attorneys in Tennessee and around the country, though, pro bono work is a part of …

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