Equal Justice University Event Details


September 10-12, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


Conference Hotel Accommodations: 

The conference hotel block is now closed. Please see overflow accommodations for additional hotel options.

Overflow Accommodations:

Hampton Inn and Suites Murfreesboro

Country Inn and Suites By Carlton, Murfreesboro

Baymont Inn and Suites Murfreesboro


Welcome Lunch:

(9/10/14 - 11:45am CST) Retiring Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder will speak about her leadership on the Access to Justice Commission and will present the inaugural Janice M. Holder Access to Justice Award.


Access to Justice Awards Dinner:

Diane Nash(9/10/14 - 6:30pm CST) In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, this year's Access to Justice Awards Dinner features national Civil Rights leader Diana Nash (pictured at right). Nash was a leader in some of the most successful efforts of the Civil Rights Movement including forming the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and coordinating the Freedom Riders who helped integrate interstate travel. 

The Awards Dinner also features We Shall Not Be Moved, an exhibit by the Tennessee State Museum, which brings to life the sit-in movement as it unfolded across Tennessee. The exhibition is highlighted by artifacts, graphic images, and film that will vividly stir the visitor’s emotions. Organized around four key areas - Segregation and Resistance, Nashville and Non-Violence, Sitting-In Across Tennessee, Legacies of Direct Action – the stories of John Lewis, Diane Nash and a host of student protestors will unfold to show their importance in shaping the Civil Rights Movement.


Leadership Lunch: sponsored by St. Thomas Health

(9/11/14 - 12pm CST) Tennessee Bar Association President Jonathan Steen will discuss medical-legal partnerships, one focus of his presidency, at this year's Leadership Lunch.


Not registering for the conference? You can purchase a ticket to one of our keynote speaker events on the registration page.



Equal Justice University (EJU) is the annual gathering of approximately 200 lawyers, advocates, social service professionals and pro bono attorneys involved in providing civil legal assistance across Tennessee. The event is hosted by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA). EJU provides a unique opportunity for this community to earn 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.

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