Equal Justice University (EJU) - Registration Now Open!

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     



  • If you are employed with MALS, WTLS, LAET, LASMTC, TJC, or DRT: Click Here to Register and select "Pay by Check" under payment.

Conference registration costs are listed on the registration pages. Attendees can attend the full conference, one day only, or meals only - make your selection from the Fee Type Box on the registration page.

Registration closes Friday, August 19, 2016.



If your agency does not have the training budget to send you to the full conference, scholarships for Equal Justice University are available. Scholarships cover the full-registration cost to allow attorneys, paralegals, law students and other advocates to attend the conference. Donors to this year's scholarship funds include the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA).  Multiple scholarships are available. Complete the one-page application here. Scholarship recipients are responsible for providing their own accommodations.

Scholarship Applications are due to Samantha Sanchez by Friday, August 5, 2016. Selected applicants will be notified by no later than August 12, 2016.



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.

Key Features of this year's schedule include:

Tuesday, August 30th

  • TALS' Board Meeting
  • Early Registration

Wednesday, August 31st

  • Opening Plenary: 9am CST
    • 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
    • Featured Speaker is Jason Long, President of the Tennessee Bar Association

Friday, September 2nd

  • Training Sessions & Task Force Meetings
  • Last session ends 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: June 21, 2016