Legal Clinic

The clinic offers Legal Assis­tance to clients liv­ing in East Ten­nessee who need legal advice con­cern­ing a fam­ily law mat­ter, but can’t afford an attor­ney. Top­ics include Divorce, Access & Vis­i­ta­tion, Tem­po­rary Cus­tody, Par­ent­ing Plans, Parental Rights, Child Sup­port, Pater­nity, and sim­i­lar issues.

For infor­ma­tion & to reg­is­ter please call (865) 535‑0037. There are no pro­vi­sions for child care at the clinics, so please do not bring chil­dren with you. You must be reg­is­tered and have an appoint­ment to attend. The Center’s legal clinic works like a teach­ing hos­pi­tal. Attor­neys work with third year law stu­dents and para­le­gals to pro­vide clients with advice and draft­ing of legal doc­u­ments.

Ser­vices are pro­vided under a pre­de­fined and lim­ited scope of rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Cases are screened for domes­tic vio­lence, com­plex or unre­ported legal issues, and the under­ly­ing needs of the fam­ily. Par­tic­i­pants are given a short ori­en­ta­tion to the fam­ily court sys­tem includ­ing an expla­na­tion of their rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties within the sys­tem prior to meet­ing with an attor­ney.

When appro­pri­ate, cases are referred from the clinic directly to an edu­ca­tion sem­i­nar and/or mediation. An attorney may offer additional legal assistance after the clinic—if appropriate—on a case by case basis. Please note: attor­neys only pro­vide assis­tance on fam­ily law mat­ters. We do not han­dle oth­er types of cases through the clinic.

Clients who qualify based on household income and the type of case may obtain additional assistance beyond the initial clinic visit. All clients must complete a clinic intake before speaking with an attorney.

Upcoming Clinic dates are:  January 20th, February 18th, March 18, 2017.