Community Legal Professionals Team Up To Provide Free Services
Memphis, Tenn., (July 5, 2012) – On Tuesday, July 10, AutoZone, Inc., and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will host their fourth annual pro bono legal clinic at the Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Avenue, to assist Memphis-area seniors from 10 a.m. to noon.
"We know from experience that seniors are generally underserved in the area of legal representation at a time in their lives when it's most essential that they have their legal affairs in order," said Kristen Wright, vice president, assistant general counsel at AutoZone and co-founder of the pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center, one of the largest senior community centers in the area.
"Each year that we conduct this clinic, we see so much need from seniors seeking help with important legal issues," said Sehrish Siddiqui, attorney at Bass, Berry & Sims and clinic volunteer coordinator. "Our pro bono clinic offers an opportunity to help a large number of seniors obtain convenient access to legal services and get the care they need in order to protect themselves and their families."
During the clinic, attorneys, paralegals and other volunteers from Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, AutoZone and Memphis Area Legal Services will come together to assist seniors with the preparation of advance care plans, health care directives, durable power of attorney forms, wills and other essential legal advice.
"This legal access is an absolute priority for the senior community," said Linda Warren Seely, director of Pro Bono Projects and managing attorney of MALS. "We encourage all seniors in need of legal assistance to attend this clinic."
AutoZone is the nation's leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories with more than 4,800 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico. Each store carries an extensive line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured hard parts, maintenance items and accessories. For more information, visit www.autozone.com.
About Memphis Area Legal Services
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., (MALS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible individuals in Shelby, Tipton, Fayette and Lauderdale counties in West Tennessee. MALS recently celebrated more than 40 years of service to the community. MALS receives federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation along with state and local funding, donations, grants and contracts. There are more than 800 attorneys, law students, paralegals, mediators and others who regularly volunteer their time and talents to ensuring access to justice through Memphis Area Legal Services in partnership with the staff and board. For more information, visit www.malsi.org.
About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 200 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims has been involved in some of the largest and most significant litigation matters and business transactions in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.
WHAT: FREE Legal Clinic for Memphis-area Seniors
WHERE: Orange Mound Senior Center, 2590 Park Avenue, Memphis 38114
WHEN: Tuesday, July 10, 10 a.m. – noon
More information about the clinic: Linda Warren Seely, Memphis Area Legal Services, 901.523.8822