TALS' Equal Justice University Conference 2023

Amplifying Access to Justice

August 30 - September 1, 2023.  

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Join members of Tennessee's equal justice community for the 2023 Equal Justice University conference. This annual conference includes all of your usual favorites and more:

  • 30+ highly focused CLE sessions presented by subject matter experts;
  • A full day of sessions designed with our paralegals and non-attorneys in mind but pertinent to and open to all attendees;
  • "Basic Skills 101" sessions designed for those new to specific practice areas or who wish to refresh and update their skills and knowledge base;
  • Presentation of the Access to Justice Awards;
  • Engaging and inspiring keynote speakers; and
  • Great networking opportunities with your fellow equal justice community members.


About EJU

Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 250 lawyers, advocates, social worker professionals, and pro bono attorneys involved in providing civil legal assistance and access to justice 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

Click here to learn more about the Access to Justice Awards.

Congratulations to the 2022 award winners!

2022 B. Riney Green Award: Bethany Jackson, Tessa Lemos Del Pino, and Karla McKanders

2022 Janice M. Holder Award: J. Houston Gordon and Zulfat Suara

2022 New Advocate of the Year Award: Madison Baldacci and Caitlin Hakim

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dean Douglas Blaze


2023 Conference Planning Committee

Chair: Deb House, Legal Aid of East Tennessee


Wendy Bach, University of Tennessee College of Law

Cathy Clayton, West Tennessee Legal Services

Cindy Ettingoff, Memphis Area Legal Services

Nicole Grida, Private Attorney/West TN

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

Ashley Holliday, West Tennessee Legal Services

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

Tessa Lemos Del Pino, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Lisa Primm, Disability Rights Tennessee

Alix Rogers, Belmont University, College of Law

Teresa Teeple, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability

Liz Todaro, Tennessee Bar Association

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

Anne-Louise Wirthlin, Administrative Office of the Courts

Deb Yeomans-Barton, Legal Aid of East Tennessee


Photos from EJU 2022

Click here to see the 2022 Agenda

Click here to see the 2021 Agenda

Click here to see the 2021 Speaker and Presenter Bios

Photos from Virtual EJU 2020

Photos from EJU 2019

Photos from EJU 2018

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