TALS' Equal Justice University Conference

About EJU

Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 300 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 14 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit (CLEs/CEUs) as well as networking opportunities. 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.

Access to Justice Awards

Each fall, TALS presents the Access to Justice Awards to recognize individuals who have contributed to Tennessee's equal justice community. Nominations are due by Friday, July 8, 2022.

Hold the Date: August 31 - September 2, 2022

Click here to see the 2021 agenda

Click here to see the 2021 Speaker and Presenter Bios

Many thanks to our 2021 Sponsors!


Tennessee Bar Association

Lunch & Learn

Mutual of America Financial Group

Closing Plenary

Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Session Sponsors

First Horizons

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Vanderbilt University


Chazin & Company

Disability Rights Tennessee



Cherry-Bekaert LLP

2022 Conference Planning Committee

Chair: Cindy Ettingoff, Memphis Area Legal Services



Zach Arnold, Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Kathryn Avent-Mann, West Tennessee Legal Services

Wendy Bach, University of Tennessee College of Law

Caitlin Berber, Southern Migrant Legal Services

Cathy Clayton, West Tennessee Legal Services

Derria Ford, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Nicole Grida, Private Attorney/West TN

Donna Harkness, University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Ashley Holliday, West Tennessee Legal Services

Deb House, Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Patricia Jones, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Almeda King, Legal Aid of East Tennessee

David Kozlowski, Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Mary Lee, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

Tessa Lemos Del Pino, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Lisa Primm, Disability Rights Tennessee

Alix Rogers, Belmont University, College of Law

Nicole Smith, Memphis Area Legal Services

Liz Todaro, Tennessee Bar Association

DarKenya Waller, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Scottie Wilkes, Memphis Area Legal Services

Anne-Louise Wirthlin, Administrative Office of the Courts

Deb Yeomans-Barton, Legal Aid of East Tennessee


Photos from Virtual EJU 2020


Photos from EJU 2019


Photos from EJU 2018

Posted: June 11, 2018