Lawyers Encouraged to take a Pro Bono legal case for the holiday season
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – It’s the giving season and judges are asking local attorneys to give the gift of their time this holiday season, by choosing a pro bono case from the courthouse tree.
Each one of the cards hanging from the tree represents cases of legal needs for residents who can’t afford an attorney.
A Judge even penned a poem to help encourage lawyers to eagerly accept the pro bono challenge.
Though the program is voluntary, judges and attorneys acknowledged there is a serious need.
“It’s a lawyer’s duty to do that. We are just giving them the opportunity to fulfill that duty to help those who are not in a position to hire or get representation otherwise,” says Jeff Hollingsworth, Circuit Court Judge.
“For every attorney that legal aid has on staff, there are at least 11,000 East Tennesseeans that qualify for our services,” says Mary Frances DeVoe, Pro Bono project attorney
If you would like to help with this effort but are not an attorney, you can still participate by donating to Legal Aid of East Tennessee.