NASHVILLE, Tenn. July 9, 2012 – Legal Aid Society attorneys and Nashville Pro Bono Program volunteer attorneys will join the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office to provide free legal assistance at the upcoming legal clinic at Operation Stand Down Nashville (OSDN) on July 18.
Held the third Wednesday of the every month at the OSDN offices, 1125 12th Avenue South, the walk-in legal advice clinics offer help to veterans on a variety of civil and criminal legal issues.
“We are complementing the free criminal legal services that Metro Public Defender’s Office gives each month by providing free legal civil services,” said Lucinda Smith, director of the Nashville Pro Bono Program. “Serving veterans in this capacity is another way that Legal Aid Society attorneys and volunteer attorneys from the Nashville Pro Bono Program can give back to the community, and this is a group of citizens that we feel very passionate about.”
As the only Veteran Service Center approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Tennessee, OSDN helps veterans and their families through a wide variety of services such as counseling, technical assistance, employment referrals, job retention support and coordinating transitional housing, after care, social and support services to help them become self-sustaining and better connected to the community. In 2011, 2,067 Veterans received individual services and assistance through Operation Stand Down Nashville.
The Legal Aid Society gives free civil legal aid to people who have nowhere else to turn.
It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge, and Tullahoma. The Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way.
The Nashville Pro Bono Program is a joint venture of the Legal Aid Society and Nashville Bar Association. Through the program, in 2010, more than 800 lawyers have provided free legal help to more than 2,000 individuals with no place else to turn. Additionally, lawyers working through the program provided help to more than 550 individuals affected by the May flood.