TALS' Equal Justice University - Registration Closes 8/19

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 to Friday, September 2, 2016

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Featured Speakers    

Event Location & Accommodations            

Access to Justice Award Honorees

About EJU     



Registration is now closed. Contact Samantha Sanchez if you have questions about registration.



Support Tennessee's equal justice community by sponsoring Equal Justice University. There are mutliple levels to fit any budget, but all support helps provide quality continuing legal education for public interest law in Tennessee. Click here to see the different EJU sponsorship levels.



Download a copy of the event schedule here.

Read session descriptions here.

Key Features of this year's schedule include:

Tuesday, August 30th

  • TALS' Board Meeting
  • Early Registration

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Opening Plenary: 9am CST sponsored by First Tennessee
    • Featured speaker is John Pollock, Coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel
  • Training Sessions & Task Force Meetings
  • Welcome Lunch featuring presentation of Janice M. Holder Award
    • Featured speaker is Justice Jeff Bivins of the Tennessee Supreme Court
    • The Janice M. Holder Award will be presented to Jim Barry & Sharon Ryan of International Paper.
  • Access to Justice Dinner Reception
  • Access to Justice Dinner featuring presentation of B. Riney Green Award and New Advocate of the Year Award
    • Featured speaker is Martha Bergmark, Executive Director of Voices for Civil Justice
    • The B. Riney Green Award will be presented to Craig P. Barnes of Memphis Area Legal Services & Russell Fowler of Legal Aid of East Tennessee
    • The New Advocate of the Year Award will be presented to Zac Oswald of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands

Thursday, September 1st

  • Training Sessions & Task Force Meetings
  • TBA Access to Justice Committee Meeting
  • Leadership Lunch: 12pm CST sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan School of Law
    • Justice Jeffrey S. Bivins will be sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.
    • Featured Speaker is Jason Long, President of the Tennessee Bar Association

Friday, September 2nd

  • Training Sessions & Task Force Meetings
  • Last sessions end at 11:30am CST

Click here to read about featured speakers.


About EJU

Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 200 lawyers, advocates, social worker professionals, and pro bono attorneys involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee. EJU provides a unique opportunity for this community to gain up to 15 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit (CLEs/CEUs) as well as networking through task force meetings and social functions. EJU also provides dynamic speakers that express the value in being a part of the access to justice community. The EJU experience not only renews the civil legal service community’s commitment to equal access to justice in Tennessee; it also introduces new pro bono lawyers, community advocates, and law students to this important mission.

The 2016 Equal Justice University Conference takes place Wednesday, August 31 - Friday, September 2, 2016 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.














Posted: August 11, 2016