Our Knoxville office, Bond, Botes & Lawson, recently began participating in a Veterans’ Legal Clinic. The Veteran’s Legal Clinic is a joint project sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local VA office. Its purpose is to help and assist veterans with their legal needs, regardless of income or other circumstances, by providing free legal advice.
Given that we meet with people from all backgrounds every day in our office, I decided to participate in this program. I am also the daughter of a retired Colonel. I am very proud and appreciative of my dad and all veterans for their service to our country. Attorneys from a variety of legal areas volunteer their time for 2 hours once per month. On average, the clinic serves between 20 and 30 individuals. Some qualify for representation through Legal Aid of East Tennessee while others are just given advice they can use or are referred out to another attorney. At the last clinic, a veteran needed advice in an area for which no attorney could really help so the organizers called an attorney who did the consultation over the phone. Most of the attendees are elderly, often on fixed incomes and feel overwhelmed. The organizers are very friendly, well informed, kind and hospitable to everyone. I look forward to future clinics and the opportunity to meet new veterans.
In Knoxville, the clinic is held at the community center at the Knoxville Public Defender’s office at 1101 Liberty Street, Knoxville TN 37912. They have plenty of parking and hot coffee available to those who attend.
If you do not have a clinic similar to this in your area or if you are not a veteran, call one of the Bond & Botes locations who will offer a free, no obligation consultation regarding financial problems you may have.
Heather Ellis Banks is an Associate Attorney at the Bond & Botes Law Offices in Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis, Cecil.C. Humphreys School of Law. She has been helping consumers to navigate through the bankruptcy process since 2005. Read her full bio here.