Faith-Based Initiative

Program Overview

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance (TFJA)

The TJFA is a project of the Access to Justice Commission.  It is an alliance of faith-based groups in Tennessee who commit to providing legal resources to their congregations and communities. TFJA was created to align needs seen at the local house of worship level with possible legal resources that are nearby, perhaps even within the same congregation.  The notion is to connect with people in need in a place they already go to seek help with a problem. That place is quite often their place of worship.  It operates on a referral model that is designed to pair volunteer lawyers with congregants in need.

Other projects range from traditional free legal clinics to community education workshops. 

Learn more in a short video about our programs that was developed as part of a partnership program for the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services' Faith Based Initiative:

The TFJA has developed numerous resources for faith leaders looking to build faith and justice partnerships in their communities from handouts to powerpoints to manuals. We can cut a legal resources video specifically for your training or event. See a general training video you can use here. See a flyer to share with those interested in our work here.

The ATJ Commission staff has also 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 resources for self-represented litigants are also provided in the manuals.

Click Here for the 2018 TFJA Manual East TN.

Click Here for the 2018 TFJA Manual Middle TN.

Click Here for the 2018 TFJA Manual West TN.

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 

Forms for the Referral Model are here.  These forms are also in the Implementation Manual. 

Forms for pro bono clinics are here.  Please note that TFJA clinic providers must also return the Attorney Volunteer Sign-in Sheet.  These forms are also in the Pro Bono Clinic in a Box kit. 

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 4.08(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
(615) 741-2687

To read the press release launching the TFJA, click here.

The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance publishes regular mailings through our newsletter. Sign up here.


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The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance is partnering for a new Legal Access for All Initiative! Although many free legal resources exist to help Tennessee's most vulnerable populations, those who experience language access barriers or lack legal status documentation often find it particularly challenging to connect with legal help when they need it. Interpreters and attorney volunteers can play a major part in helping community members find the legal help they need and deserve. The Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance and Access to Justice Partners are coming together to forge a new partnership to help community members who are not eligible for many services due to documentation status. We need you and hope you will join us in this important, new initiative.

Register for Kickoff Program on December 15, 2020: 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Dec 15, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.