Hamilton County Attorneys Can Pick Pro Bono Cases From A Christmas Tree Inside The Courthouse. The Pro Bono Initiative Aims To Aid Low-Income Individuals During The Holiday Season. Will local attorneys volunteer their time to give free legal representation to the underprivileged?
Hamilton County, TN – Legal Aid of East Tennessee is providing a chance for attorneys to donate their time to Pro Bono cases through a new “Pro Bono Christmas Tree” initiative.
LAET presented a Christmas tree to the Hamilton County Courthouse that will be decorated with Pro Bono Cases that local attorneys can choose to take up on their own donated time.
“It is our hope that the tree will provide a reminder for attorneys to pick up a Pro Bono case in this holiday season and give them a chance to donate their time to the less fortunate that would otherwise be without an attorney.”, said Matthew Huff, LAET Pro Bono Staff Attorney.
Attorneys will have to opportunity to choose their cases off the tree during docket call on Monday morning, December 14th.
The Pro Bono initiative is meant to help low-income people during the holiday season.
“The Pro Bono Christmas Tree gives us a chance to highlight the need for Legal Services in the Chattanooga Area. COVID has hit the vulnerable in our community hard and some need relief that only the law can provide.”, said Matthew Huff.
LAET is partnering with Judge Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, Hamilton County Courts, and local attorneys to promote the volunteer-based program.
Legal Aid of East Tennessee is a nonprofit law firm that can provide services free of charge due to support from individuals, corporations, foundations, United Way, and various federal and state agencies.
More information about LAET can be accessed at www.laet.org.