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Volunteer Lawyers Program

The Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) at LAS recruits, trains, and supervises pro bono lawyers and non-attorney volunteers across 48 counties in Middle Tennessee.

Since 2014, VLP has provided legal help to low-income families in more than 5,600 cases. Our volunteers’ critical legal assistance secures LAS clients their home, health, safety, financial stability, and hope. Volunteers also expand LAS’s delivery of legal services to reach more people who cannot afford a lawyer. Additional benefits of volunteering with LAS include the following:

  • Earn 0.2 CLE credits for every hour of pro bono legal service.
  • Enjoy the benefits of professional liability insurance from LAS.
  • Receive free training and attend CLE courses on relevant areas of the law.
  • Network with other private attorneys committed to serving their communities.
  • Enhance your litigation skills by managing cases and advocating for clients in court.

Join LAS as a volunteer and use your expertise to help close the justice gap for low-income Middle Tennesseans. You decide what you can do, when you can help, and where you want to work.

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Types of Cases We Consider for Volunteer Placement

LAS offers a wide array of in-person and remote opportunities for direct representation throughout Middle Tennessee.  These opportunities are a great way for attorneys licensed in Tennessee to assist clients one-on-one with legal matters ranging from appearing in court to drafting documents. Volunteer opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcies
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Conservatorships
  • Orders of Protection
  • Adoptions
  • Tax Issues
  • Consumer and Debt Collection Defense

LAS screens each pro bono matter to ensure that it is appropriate for a volunteer. Review our pro bono case catalog below to see a listing of the people in need of legal representation right now. Search the catalog by location and/or keyword to narrow the results, and filter by legal problem and opportunity type to find the perfect pro bono opportunity for you.

Locations

Both attorneys and non-attorneys can partner with one of LAS’s 8 offices, located throughout Middle TN, to serve clients while gaining professional experience. Volunteers may help answer the phone, handle general office work, translate and interpret for individuals with limited English proficiency, and otherwise assist attorneys on cases. Currently, LAS has offices in the following locations:

  • Clarksville
  • Columbia
  • Cookeville
  • Gallatin
  • Murfreesboro
  • Nashville
  • Oak Ridge
  • Tullahoma

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Community-Centered Volunteer Opportunities

LAS has partnered with community organizations throughout Middle Tennessee to create a variety of community-based legal clinics. These clinics provide opportunities for clients to receive free legal advice so they can better understand their legal issues and options. Some clinics cover a variety of civil legal issues and provide clients with the opportunity to receive a free consultation from a qualified private attorney. Other clinics focus on specific legal issues like criminal record expungements, estate planning, and bankruptcies, and may require volunteer lawyers to draft documents before the clients arrive.  Here is a sampling of the clinics we now offer:

  • Operation Stand Down Clinic for Veterans Only
  • Occurs twice each month on the second and fourth Wednesdays.
  • Located at Operation Stand Down: 1125 12th South, Nashville, TN 37203
  • Gallatin Clinic
  • Occurs on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Located at 210 Albert Gallatin Ave., Gallatin, TN 37066
  • Greenhouse Ministries Legal Clinic
  • Occurs twice twice each month on the second and fourth Thursdays.
  • Located at Greenhouse Ministries: 309 South Academy St., Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Upcoming Clinics

Belmont Clinic
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October 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
2005 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204 United States
Belmont Clinic
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June 28, 2025 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
2005 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204 United States
Belmont Clinic
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February 28, 2026 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
2005 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204 United States

Currently, VLP operates more than 100 clinics each year. By volunteering just 2 hours of time at a pro bono clinic, a volunteer lawyer can provide essential legal services without taking on additional obligations.

Pro Bono Matters

Sign Up for One of Our Special Pro Bono Projects

In addition to our regularly scheduled clinics, LAS offers additional pro bono opportunities through special pro bono projects. We have designed these projects to close the justice gap for specific legal issues and communities in Tennessee. Through these projects, LAS is able to maximize its impact on the communities it serves.

Frequently Asked Questions

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