Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    

Tennessee Supreme Court Kicks off Third Annual HELP4TN Day


On Friday, April 5, members of the Tennessee Supreme Court held a news conference to kick off the third annual HELP4TN Day and bring awareness to free legal advice clinics throughout April, along with access to resources.

Contrary to popular belief, individuals do not have the right to an attorney in most civil legal actions, including evictions, debt collection, family law matters such as domestic violence, expungements, and employment issues. Currently, nearly 1 million Tennesseans live under the federal poverty line and are unlikely to be able to afford an attorney. Federal data shows that 71 percent of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem last year, and 70 percent of those households said the issue significantly impacted their lives. Currently, there are less than 100 legal aid staff attorneys in Tennessee. To address this justice gap, the Tennessee Supreme Court created its Access to Justice Commission in 2009.

At the news conference, the Court kicked off the third annual HELP4TN Day, which is celebrated across the state in the month of April. During the month, free legal advice clinics will be held across the state. A full list of the free legal advice clinics will be available at the news conference. Those in need may also find help through the 'Ask A Lawyer' web interface and a toll-free number 1-(844)-HELP4TN (844-435-7486). In addition, the Court will discuss ongoing efforts to increase access to justice in the state, including court-approved forms for self-represented litigants, new court kiosks, and online resources. The Access to Justice Commission's 2018 Annual Report will be released at the news conference.

Since the creation of the Commission, access to justice in Tennessee has been greatly expanded, and the state is now regularly listed in the top 10 nationally in terms of providing access to justice. This dynamic change is due in large part to the tremendous work of the more than 200 nonprofits, faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, court clerks, and others who are Access to Justice Community Partners. At the heart of the Access to Justice movement in Tennessee are private attorneys, who in 2017 provided more than 652,555 hours of pro bono legal services valued at over $130 million. Last year was also the first time more than 50 percent of Tennessee attorneys reported providing pro bono legal services, which was a long-term goal of the Commission.

Nashville Medical News has focused this month on public health, disparities, and social determinants. Issues - from legal fees to a lack of affordable housing - that drain resources, impact an individual's ability to access care and maintain health. If you have a patient who might benefit from this resource or work with organizations that provide care to the underserved and uninsured, please share this information.


Related Articles:

Recent Articles

Alexander: Bipartisan Legislation Will Lower What Americans Pay Out of Their Own Pockets for Health Care

The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 contains nearly three dozen proposals from at least 16 Republican, 14 Democrat senators

Read More

If You Build It, They Will Come

Middle Tennessee's healthcare options continue to expand through new construction and facility renovations and additions.

Read More

Lease, Build, Buy, Sell: Finding the Best Fit for Each Medical Practice

When it comes to medical real estate, there is no one 'right' answer for every practice. Instead, experts say it's important to understand all the options before making a decision that impacts individual physicians, the practice ... and ultimately, patients.

Read More

Dr. Jerry Tannenbaum: Redefining, Redesigning Nephrology

Innovative building models and telemedicine mean better care for patients nationwide.

Read More

Wayfinding in Healthcare

With expansions, renovations and additions to healthcare facilities over time, the ability to easily navigate a campus is often lost along the way. Taking time to consider wayfinding can vastly improve the way patients, visitors and staff engage with the environment.

Read More

Building Walls

Steve Ward & Associates prefab headwalls mean more savings, options for healthcare clients.

Read More

LipiFlow®: Advanced Procedure to Treat Meibomian Gland Dysfunction & Chronic Dry Eye

In-office procedure can promote eyelid health and provide relief from dry eye.

Read More

SCALE 2019 Showcases Latest in Aesthetics Medicine

Now in its 14th year, the Music City SCALE Conference broke previous attendance records, with plans for additional growth in 2020.

Read More

Rethinking the Approach to Acne

New options and research have changed the traditional approach to treating acne.

Read More

Financing the Deal

Healthcare investment experts gathered for the Nashville Health Care Council's annual Financing the Deal panel focused on private equity trends and strategies.

Read More

Email Print



Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: