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The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance (TFJA)
The ATJ Commission staff developed an Implentation Manual for those interested in adopting the Referral Model. The Implementation Manual has samples of training materials, information on applicable court rules, and forms needed to successfully adopt the Referral Model. ATJ Commission staff and members of the ATJ Commission Faith-Based Initiatives Advisory Committee are available to help religious organizations implement the Referral Model. The Implentation Manual is available here.
The ATJ Commission has developed materials for those interested in launching a pro bono civil legal advice clinic. The Pro Bono Clinic in a Box kit contains all of the forms and information needed to start and maintain a clinic. ATJ Commission staff and members of ATJ Commission Advisory Committees are also available to help those who want to launch a clinic to serve their religious organization or community. The Pro Bono Clinic in a Box kit is available here.
Staff has also developed resource manuals for volunteer lawyers of faith-based groups that are members of the TFJA. These resource manuals are divided by Grand Divsion and include information on the TFJA, legal service organizations, mediation centers, and frequent legal topics and potential solutions. The manuals also include information on area social service providers. A list of legal clinics in the Division and resources for self-represented litigants are also provided in the manuals. They are available below.
TFJA Reporting Forms
The ATJ Commission publishes an annual Pro Bono Report, containing information and statistics collected from all the pro bono projects across the state. TFJA members are asked to complete and return short forms on their projects to the ATJ Coordinator at ATJinfo@tncourts.gov.
Forms for the Referral Model are here. These forms are also in the Implementation Manual.
CLE Credit for Volunteer Attorneys
TFJA members may be able to provide their volunteer attorneys with CLE credit for their pro bono work. See Supreme Court Rule 21, section 4.07(c).
If your program/organization is not affiliated an organized bar association or an approved legal assistance organization, you will have to apply to be approved by the Supreme Court to provide CLE credit. The form to apply is available here.
TFJA Contact Information
Any group interested in developing a faith-based legal project may contact the Pro Bono Coordinator for help in developing a plan and resources for their faith communities.
Pro Bono Coordinator ATJInfo@tncourts.gov
To read the monthly TFJA Newsletter, click here.