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Friday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Faith & Justice Partnerships: Engaging the Faith Community for Enhanced Access to Legal Care

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Legal issues can be frightening and difficult to address, and many people turn to their faith leaders for answers and guidance, often because the faith leader is frequently trusted in a way that the legal community is not. This can be particularly true for disadvantaged and low-income individuals who may feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the legal system. Through partnerships and collaborations that meet people where they are already turning for help—in this example, faith communities—legal aid organizations can expand their reach and continue to provide the highest level of service to their communities. Learn how examples of faith-based community partnerships can enhance the care that legal service providers are able to provide, can serve as an access point meeting people where they are turning for help, and can engage new pro bono volunteers to take legal referrals!


Andrae Crismon

Managing Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
Andrae P. Crismon is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and a 2003 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Journal of Transnational Law. Crismon joined the Gallatin Office of Legal Aid Society in 2007 and thereafter was promoted... Read More →

Kimi deMent

Pro Bono Coordinator, Administrative Office of the Courts
Kimi deMent serves as the pro bono coordinator for the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission and liaison for the Tennessee Faith & Justice Alliance. Before her work for the Court, she worked as a family justice attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee... Read More →
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Kathryn Ellis

Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid of East Tennessee
Kathryn Ellis joined LAET's Knoxville office in March 2012 with a primary area of practice in domestic violence (Orders of Protection and divorces). Dr. Ellis also assisted with some housing law issues and some consumer law issues. In July 2016, Dr. Ellis became the Pro Bono Director... Read More →

Judge Tabitha Ponder

Contract Attorney for Judicial Council, GA Access To Justice
Tabitha Ponder earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Albany State University in 1996 and a J.D. from Mercer University School of Law in 1999. She is the founder and managing attorney of the Ponder Law Group, LLC, where she practices throughout the State of Georgia. She currently... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

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