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Pro Bono Recognition

Attorneys for Justice

The goal of the Tennessee Supreme Court Pro Bono Recognition Program is to increase the number of attorneys and law offices providing pro bono services to Tennesseans who can't afford the cost of traditional legal services. The program has been in place for 10 years, and it has helped increase awareness and encourage more attorneys and law offices to get involved. The Tennessee Supreme Court honors all attorneys who provide and report at least 50 hours of service annually.

How to Qualify as an Attorney for Justice

In the program, attorneys meeting the Tennessee Supreme Court’s minimum goal of 50 pro bono hours annually are named “Attorneys for Justice”. The program is entirely voluntary and based on self-reporting.

Attorneys may voluntarily report the pro bono work donated in the previous calendar year when they renew their legal license with the Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR). Attorneys may also report their pro bono service directly to the Administrative Office of the Courts. Law offices may also apply to be recognized for the pro bono work done by their attorneys.

To be considered for the program, all service must have been provided under the provisions of Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Responsibility, which includes delivery of a substantial portion of legal services without fee or expectation of fee and delivery of legal services at no fee or at a substantially reduced fee to recognized groups and individuals.