TALS' Equal Justice University Conference

Location: Embassy Suites, Murfreesboro, TN

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 14 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.

Click here to view the 2019 agenda.



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. The 2019 nomination period is open. You have until Friday, July 12, 2019 to nominate someone for one of these prestigious awards.  Click here to learn more about the awards and how to nominate someone.


Sponsorship Opportunities

We have multiple sponsorship levels to accommodate any budget. Click here to select a sponsorship level. Thank you to those that have already committed to sponsor this year's conference: 

  • Event Co-Sponsor - TN Bar Association
  • Access to Justice Dinner Sponsor - Mutual of America
  • Leadership Lunch Sponsor - First Tennessee
  • Technology Sponsor - Dell
  • Session Sponsors - Belmont University, TN Commission on Aging and Disability, TN Human Rights Commisson, Vanderbilt University
  • Summa Cum Laude Sponsors - Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, TN Bar Association, Disability Rights TN,TN Disability Coalition, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  • Magna Cum Laude Sponsor - University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Cum Laude Sponsors - Chazin and Company, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law
  • Honors Sponsors - Ajax Turner, Kroger
  • Conference Bag Sponsor - TN Association of Professional Mediators


Scholarship Opportunities

TALS is accepting applications for need based scholarships to cover conference registration and conference meals. Please complete this one page application by Monday, July 15. Many thanks to the Tennessee Bar Association for underwriting these four scholarships!


2019 Conference Planning Committee:

Sheri Fox, Chair - Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Sonya Bellafant - Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Nayeli Chavez - TN Alliance for Legal Services (staff)

Cathy Clayton - West TN Legal Services

Rita Gibson - Memphis Area Legal Services

Linda Hall - Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Ashley Holliday - West TN Legal Services

Deb House - Legal Aid of East Tennessee

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

Jeannie Kosciolek - Memphis Area Legal Services

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

Crystal Lugo - Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Lauren Meeker - TN Commission on Aging and Disability

Lisa Primm - Disability Rights TN

Ann Pruitt - TN Alliance for Legal Services (staff)

Joy Reed - TN Alliance for Legal Services (staff)

Joshua Thomas - Legal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands

Liz Todaro - TN Bar Association

Anne Louise Wirthlin - Administrative Office of the Courts

Deborah Yeomans-Barton - Legal Aid of East Tennessee


Photos from EJU 2018

Posted: June 11, 2018