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SNAP Recipients May Have More Benefits Than They Realize

 

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has caused upheaval to the lives of almost everyone, but the effects have been most pronounced among lower-income people.
 
Here in Tennessee, many residents who might have just been getting by have found their work hours cut, or their positions eliminated entirely, since stay-at-home orders began in March.

Patty Sellars

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Legal Aid Society to offer Free Legal Clinic to Seniors

 

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Starting September 25th, 2020, the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands will offer a regular series of free legal phone clinics for seniors to be held bi-weekly from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.

Legal Aid Society provides free civil legal services to residents in Middle Tennessee.

Tennessee Senior Law Alliance Free Legal Clinic for Seniors to be offered bi-weekly beginning September 25th.

Tennessee Senior Law Alliance Free Legal Clinic for Seniors to be offered bi-weekly beginning September 25th.

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Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee Elects New Board of Directors

 

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced today that it has named J. Andrew (Drew) Goddard as board president, elected four new board members — Sharon M. Crane, Erin Palmer Polly, Mozianio S. (Trey) Reliford and David A. Weil — and added a board intern, Trey Whitfield.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands board president Drew Goddard.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands board president Drew Goddard.

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Legal Aid Society: Workers Have the Legal Right to Discuss Pay and Working Conditions

 

By Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Imagine this scenario: You’ve worked at a job you have had for a few years. You like your work.   You get along so well with your coworkers that you feel comfortable enough to discuss your pay with them.

However, discussing pay with coworkers violates a rule in your employee handbook prohibiting the discussion of pay with coworkers.

(L to R) Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty.

(L to R) Alix Rogers and Krishna Ammisetty.

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Renters’ Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic

 

Zac Oswald, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – We are all navigating uncertain times. We don’t know when life is going to resume as normal. For most of us, that leaves unanswered questions and worries about the present and the future. Amid lost jobs, illness, closed schools, medical bills and more, the last thing you want to worry about is being evicted from your home during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
 
Is your landlord threatening to kick you out because you temporarily cannot pay rent? Trying to force you out by changing the locks or shutting off the utilities instead of taking you to court? What can you do about it?

Zac Oswald

Zac Oswald

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Legal Aid Society: Legal Help Can Restore Lost Public Assistance Benefits

 

By Russell Overby and Hanna Callicutt, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – For Tennesseans who are dependent on public assistance benefits, a difference of $100.00 or $200.00 in their monthly budgets can dramatically affect the way they live.

If their monthly income drops by even a small amount, it can mean that bills don’t get paid and belts have to be tightened, if that’s even possible. In other words, it’s an emergency.

Russell Overby and Hanna Callicutt

Russell Overby and Hanna Callicutt

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How Family and Medical Leave Act Improved Gender Equality in the Workplace

 

By Bill Bush

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – It’s been 99 years since women in the U.S. first gained the right to vote — a milestone commemorated each year with Women’s Equality Day on August 26th.

Even today, the struggle for full gender equality continues — particularly in the workplace, where female employees are still paid lower salaries and receive fewer promotions than men.

Bill Bush

Bill Bush

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Legal Aid Society’s New Program Offers Free Legal Assistance for SNAP Recipients

 

Written by Mary Grace Stoneking
SNAP Community Outreach Advocate, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Chances are, if you live in Tennessee, you probably know somebody who currently benefits, or who has benefited in the past, from the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) is used by more than 1 million people in Tennessee — a state with fewer than 7 million total residents.

Mary Grace Stoneking

Mary Grace Stoneking

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Legal Aid Society says New Law to Help Domestic Violence Victims

 

Written by Aimee Luna, Attorney
Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – When we think of domestic violence, we often picture physical abuse. But the truth is, abusive behavior within a relationship can exist in many forms.

At its core, domestic violence is an attempt by one partner to assert control over the other. It can include threats, insults, emotional manipulation, sexual coercion and a host of other behaviors. Abusers are nothing if not creative in their methods.

Legal Aid Society attorney Aimee Luna.

Legal Aid Society attorney Aimee Luna.

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Legal Aid Society is Working to Support Homeless Veterans

 

Written by DarKenya Waller
Executive Director, Legal Aid Society

Legal Aid SocietyNashville, TN – Veterans make up just 7 percent of the U.S. population. So it’s safe to say that for large swaths of our country, the realities of military service are somewhat removed from our daily lives and sphere of understanding.

Though the sacrifices made by veterans are brought to our attention on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the emotional or physical wounds that some vets carry are a constant, daily struggle.

DarKenya Waller, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society.

DarKenya Waller, Executive Director, Legal Aid Society.

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