Legal Help for Flood Victims

With the historic floods in Nashville, right now their legal problems are the least thing on their mind, even the problems that are a result from the floods themselves.

However, we want to reach out and make sure that people are aware that there is help for them, and I’m going to list what I can here as we become aware of it.

FLOOD INFORMATION CENTERS

These locations are open everyday from 10am to 6pm to provide information for flood victims. Victims can just walk on in if they want some advice on help.

Bellevue Community Center; 656 Colice Jeanne Road, Nashville
Coleman Community Center; 384 Thompson Lane at Nolensville Road, Nashville
Hadley Park Community Center; 1037 28th Avenue North, Nashville
Hermitage Community Center; 3720 James Kay Lane, Hermitage
East Community Center; 700 Woodland Street, Nashville

If you are an attorney who wants to volunteer to staff one of these centers, contact Sarah Hayman at the Tennessee Bar Association to sign up. The first hour you are at the center will involve training so don’t worry if you think you may not know how to help on these specific issues!

Also, while the Legal Aid Society’s clinic today in Williamson Co. is canceled, we will still have our normal legal clinic on Tuesday the 11th for all legal problems. We are also adding a special clinic for Flood Victims on Flood Related Questions ONLY on May 12th at 5pm. They are both at our office on 300 Deaderick Street and are walk in clinics so no appointment necessary.

If you are an attorney who wants to volunteer to help with the flood clinic, please e-mail me (Alison) and I’ll get you on our list. We will have training materials available for all volunteers to be able to refer to.

In addition, some of the younger attorneys over at Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella, PC have set up a very helpful blog of legal questions that flood victims should think about and some easy answers to start guiding victims on the right path. Please take a moment to check it out: http://nashvillefloodhelp.blogspot.com/

Finally, please be aware that the United Way is ready and available to help any flood victim who might be in need. They will be up to date on all programs going on to provide assistance, food, and supplies and they are a great resource to pass along to victims looking for non-legal help that come your way. It’s just a single phone call away and they are open 24 hours a day. Just dial 2-1-1 from any phone.

Thank you in advance for any help you are able to offer, and feel free to share, link, retweet, and send out so the word of these centers can spread to the people who need them. E-mail me if you have any questions.

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CLE Opportunities Reminder

Just wanted to remind everyone that it is not too late to earn some CLE credit! We are still open through the holidays, looking to find attorneys to help out our clients. If you’re down on some CLE, or just want to spread some holiday cheer to the community, please reach out to us!

Also please be aware that we are having a clinic on Saturday, November 28th – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. So far we have invited 20 clients to the clinic, and more will be walking in, and only 4 attorneys have signed up to help out.

If you want to put in some holiday volunteering at the clinic for a few hours Saturday morning, please give Victoria a call or click the link on the left to e-mail her. And yes, you can earn hours for CLE credit at the clinic too!

Thank you!

What a Busy Week!

You wouldn’t believe how busy it’s been down at my office this week. So much to do, and only 40 hours to manage to do it all in!

The weekend started off on the 24th with our McHugh Legal Clinic. Victoria told me that they were able to help over 40 clients that morning, which is one of our biggest groups yet! More and more people in the community are discovering the legal clinics that we offer and they are coming in to take advantage of the free legal help. Special thanks to attorneys Richard Green, Matt Roberts, Caldwell Collins, Carla Fenswick, Michael Bligh, Kristin Fecteau, Charles Traughber, Nancy MacLean, and Thor Urnes for braving the cool and wet October morning to provide this help, as well as the 8 paralegals for the added support.

Monday was spent running around prepping for the Pro Bono breakfast that had all of us up at the office before the sun rose on Tuesday. It was a wonderful success, with more than 60 attorneys and paralegals drifting in and out for fresh coffee, muffins and fruit while we celebrated the 10 honorees and their efforts to help get more attorneys into the Pro Bono spirit! If you happened to miss the event, those honorees were:

Mary Beth Ausbrooks from Rothschild & Ausbrooks
Margaret Behm from Dodson Parker Behm & Caparalla
Frank Grace & Chris Cronk from Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Justin Pitt from Bass, Berry & Sims
Lauren Roberts from Stites & Harbison
Mike Sposato & Jan Jordan from CAT Financial
David Taylor from Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Melissa Wibbins from Baker Donelson

Also, Lucinda surprised both myself and Victoria with gifts for all of our work that’s done behind the scenes. I know I was shocked as I had no idea, and I helped do all the planning for this! It was a nice feeling though and much appreciated.

From Pro Bono Breakfast

Everyone who attended received a gift of a mug especially made for the event, and additional mugs were sent back to select firms in town as a thanks for all the hard work that’s been done this year by everyone.

From Pro Bono Breakfast

So once again, thank you for everything you’ve done!

As we head into November, there’s still a lot of hard work to accomplish. There’s clinics to run, cases to place, and people to help. Right now I’ve got about 50 cases to place, so if you are getting into the Pro Bono spirit after reading this, drop me an e-mail and let me know what you want to do to help!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

*~ Alison ~*