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Front Page - Friday, December 18, 2020

Legal Aid of East Tennessee partners with local courts to meet unmet legal needs for Christmas

Judges Marie Williams, Kyle Hedrick and J.B. Bennett, Legal Aid of East Tennessee pro bono and housing attorney Matthew Huff and Judge Jeffrey Hollingsworth show off their tree-decorating skills at the Hamilton County Courthouse. - Photograph provided

Legal Aid of East Tennessee has formed a partnership with Judge Jeffrey Hollingsworth, Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, Hamilton County courts and local attorneys to help low-income people during the holiday season.

On Friday, Dec. 11, local judges decorated a pro bono Christmas tree at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Then, during the Monday, Dec. 14, docket call, the judges announced the tree is up and attorneys can choose a case off the tree.

Pro bono staff attorney Matthew Huff says the tree allows LAET to highlight the need for legal services in the Chattanooga area.

“COVID has hit the vulnerable in our community hard, and some need relief only the law can provide,” he says. “We hope the tree will remind attorneys to pick up a pro bono case this holiday season and encourage them to donate their time to the less fortunate.”


Source: LAET