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Retired Attorneys Soon to Be Able to Work Pro Bono

By AP

Nashville, TN – As part of the Tennessee Supreme Court's effort to help the poor obtain legal aid, retired attorneys will soon be allowed to provide services pro bono. While indigent Americans have the right to a court-appointed attorney for criminal cases, there is no such right in civil cases such as bankruptcy, eviction and foreclosure. There are just 81 federally funded, full-time legal aid attorneys in Tennessee.

The pro bono emeritus rule was announced by the court on Wednesday and takes effect January 1st. Retired attorneys who wish to participate in the program must file an application with the appellate court clerk's office.