Russ Overby, raises an issue that results in over $200 savings for Tennesseans who applies for assistance to pay Medicare premiums
“Looking for answers to questions that bothered him so…” – Jimmy Buffet
I’m sure many of you have seen the voice activated transcription machines used in an office or in the court room and thought, ‘Wow! How does that work?!’ I know I have. Well here’s a little infograph to give you a very general overview. Enjoy!
Legal Services News
- The Tennessee Employment Law Association (TENNELA) has started a website.
- Gordon Bonnyman, co-founder of the Tennessee JusticeCenter, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Health Care Heroes event in Nashville presented by the Nashville Business Journal.
- The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands has hired Amy Williams as grant manager.
We’re all Equal Justice University (EJU) all the time here at TALS as our fall conference quickly approaches. Don’t forget, this year at EJU we have
- Great keynote speakers,
- A schedule with classes for lawyers, social workers, and other support staff, and
- Sponsorship opportunities galore that support civil legal services advocates and law students.
Peace and Justice!
Inside EJU Part 4: EJU Freshman Class 2011
Author: Sarah Cooper, TALS MSW Intern
As the newest intern for TALS, I have been given the unique opportunity to be a part of the planning and development of the Equal Justice University (EJU), as well as being invited to attend! As the time draws near, I have been asked to share my thoughts so far…
Where do I begin?
I remember the first time I heard the letter’s “EJU”. It was in my initial interview for the internship placement here. Lisa welcomed me in, asked a few questions, and explained the organization (you know the regular interview stuff). I remember being a bit confused with all the roles TALS plays in the Legal Aid community; workshops, trainings, task forces, disaster hotline answerer…the list seemed endless. Then the conversation turned to EJU. The mood in the room changed suddenly from routine to excitement, I knew instantly that this was something BIG!
Over that past couple months, as my knowledge of the organization has grown, so has my interest and enthusiasm in EJU. I have heard countless stories of conferences gone by, from Stewart, Lisa, Linnet, and Eric (always followed by a good hard laugh). I have visited the picturesque Paris Landing, previewed table center pieces and planned meals. All these were done in the same manor of joy and anticipation.
So why all the hoopla?
This is what I have surmised thus far, EJU is a unique opportunity for all people interested in social and legal justice to come together, to learn from each other and professionals in a variety of fields, to network, and to strengthen the bond that connects all of us committed to protecting our Constitutional right to Equal Protection under the Law. I truly believe that everyone here at TALS is committed to this cause and believes in this mission, going above and beyond to make every year even better than the last!
If you are interested in being part of this amazing freshman class, with me, register today! You won’t regret it.
Thinking outside the box
In many way nonprofits differ from for-profit companies. However, there are many opportunities for them to learn from us and for us to learn from them, particularly in approaches to marketing and promotions.
In a continuation of our search for more creative outreach tools, here’s one idea I stumbled into recently that turned the concept of “carrots as health food” on its head. Sometimes we ALL just have to think outside the box to tap into what’s the best way to share our message.
What cool ideas have you found lately?
Thoughts….from the minutia
Author, Samantha Sanchez, Contracts and Services Coordinator
This year will be my first time participating in Equal Justice University (EJU). While I’ve been putting it together, this week is the first time EJU has felt real to me. On Tuesday, Linnet Overton, Lisa Primm, our Social Work Master’s program intern Sarah Cooper, and myself traveled to Paris Landing State Park to make preparations for the conference. Seeing the park’s accommodations, smelling the trees and lake, and listening to the birds surrounding it made Paris Landing and EJU more real to me than any amount of event planning ever could.
While I’ve been down in the minutia (a place I enjoy, actually), creating budgets and coordinating logistics, EJU has been building up around me and after seeing Paris Landing – I can see the whole process coming together. With that vision comes the desire to make EJU run as smoothly as possible, so the event can be as valuable as possible to those attending.
That led me to think of the legal aid advocates with whom TALS works. I imagine the idea of serving others often seems more important before the workload sets in. Some civil legal service advocates might even think, “Am I making any difference at all?”
The answer is yes. Yes, advocates are making a difference to each client they serve. For example, as I see every day working on our DCS contracts, when an attorney or paralegal fights for a child in state’s custody, a child gets medical services they need. While an advocate’s work is arduous, they are saving legal lives – one client at a time. That inspires me to keep enjoying the minutia, because, by managing the details, I am contributing to an event that has the opportunity to trickle down to helping our Legal Aid advocates serve their clients even better.
If October comes and at least one person tells me that they think their EJU experience will make them a better advocate, then I’ll know every effort was worth it – the same way I hope our advocates feel at the end of every day.
- Samantha Sanchez
Want to learn more about the 2011 Equal Justice University location, Paris Landing State Park? Check out thier website to see the beauty of this park!
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Peace and Peanuts!