LASMTC's free "People's Law School" starts in June

The staff from the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands' Nashville staff, with help from special guests, have joined with the Nashville Community Eductionat Commission to host the "People's Law School". The People's Law School will focus on a variety of relevant topics like planning for advance care, renter's rights, social security options and much more. See the courses listed below and if you are interested in attending you can register by calling the Nashville Community Education Commission at 615-298-8050 or email The classes are at Cohn Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue (Nashville), on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm.

(June 20) Basics of Advance Care Planning: Instructors will go over common legal forms documents like power of attorney, appointment of health care agent, advance care plans and wills. Class ID: 1310S13A
Lea Johnson [solo practitioner and former Legal Aid Society attorney]

• (June 27) Renters’ Rights: Participants will learn their legal rights as a renter and how to assert them, what to look for in a lease, how to get their landlord to make repairs, how to get back their security deposit and more. Class ID: 1316S13A
Claire Abley [Attorney, Nashville] and Janet Rosenberg [Housing paralegal, Nashville]

• (July 11) Social Security Options: This course will cover how to apply for and get Social Security retirement, disability, spouse and child payments, Medicare health insurance, and Supplemental Security Income disability and old age payments. Class ID: 1318S13A
Kate Evans [Attorney, Nashville]

• (July 18) Basics of U.S. Immigration: This course will provide an introduction to the terms and concepts of U.S. immigration law, ways that people immigrate to the U.S., complexities and recent developments of in immigration law and how to avoid potential scams. Class ID: 1315S13A
Chay Sengkhounmany [Attorney, Nashville] and Dawn Gerhart [Immigration attorney with Haas & Devine]

• (July 25) Ways to Protect the Disabled Adult in Your Life: This class will give an overview of the choices available for an adult disabled child or an aging parent, from powers of attorney to court-ordered conservatorships. Class ID: 1325S13A
Lucinda Smith [Director, Nashville Pro Bono Program]

Posted: June 21, 2013