HELP4TNDAY

Now more than ever, Tennesseans need assistance with civil legal issues, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission is kicking off its annual Help4TNDay celebration on April 8.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the tornadoes that ripped through Middle Tennessee in early March, the theme of Help4TNDay 2020 has shifted to Innovation and Responsiveness.  Throughout the month of April, the ATJ Commission will promote virtual and telephonic legal clinics and other ways to obtain legal help.  It will also release online resources for volunteer attorneys and the general public.  Click here to read the press release.  

Find Legal Information and Help

At the bottom of this page, you will find links to information compiled by the ATJ Commission on COVID-19 and Disaster Relief.  The information will be updated as new resources are developed.  

Tennesseans can get help remotely over the phone or internet using through the resources listed below.

  • Contact your local legal aid organization.  They are still open and able to help clients.  Click here to see a list of regional and statewide legal service providers.
  • Many legal aid groups have set up virtual clinics where you can get help over the phone or online.  Click here to see events that have been submitted to the ATJ Commission.  
  • Want to get help online over email?  Tennesseans who qualify can get free legal advice online at TN Free Legal Answers.
  • You can get legal information and find out about resources at Help4TN.org.  
  • Want to get help over the phone?  Call 1-844-Help4TN (1-844-435-7486) and talk to a lawyer who can give you legal adivce and referalls.

Submit your event!

Click here to submit your event.  The ATJ Commission is encouraging organizations to find creative and innovative ways to respond to the needs of their community.  Events can be phone clinics, online clinics, online trainings for volunteers, online mediation opportunities, and other projects.  Contact the ATJ Commission at Help4TNDay@tncourts.gov if you are interested in learning about sponsoring an event.   

Want to Volunteer?

Attorneys have the opportunity to volunteer their time to assist disadvantaged Tennesseans.  

There are two ways to join the campaign:

1) Connect with a local legal aid or pro bono program in your area.  Click here for contact information or email Help4TNDay@tncourts.gov

2) Sign up and take questions online through TN Free Legal Answers.  The ATJ Commission encourages attorneys who have not yet volunteered with TN Free Legal Answers to explore the site and take advantage of this remote pro bono opportunity.  During Help4TNDay, attorneys are also encouraged to sign on and take questions on a designated day to help “clear the queue” of questions.

East Tennessee Attorneys: Wednesday, April 15
Middle Tennessee Attorneys: Wednesday, April 22
West Tennessee Attorneys: Wednesday, April 29  
 
3) Sign up to help victims of the tornadoes.  Click here

Events can take place throughout the month of April and into the Spring. 

Resource materials will be made available on this web page in the upcoming weeks for volunteers.

The primary goal of the public awareness campaign is to bring attention to the on-going need for free and low cost civil legal services in Tennessee and highlight the groups that provide these services to disadvantaged Tennesseans. This initiative is a joint effort by the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, and the Tennessee Bar Association. Contact the Director of Access to Justice for more information.