Community Legal Professionals Team Up To Provide Free Services
Memphis, Tenn. (June 20, 2013) – On Tuesday, July 2, AutoZone, Inc., and Bass, Berry & Sims PLC in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will host their fifth 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, AutoZone and MALS 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."
About AutoZone, Inc.
As of May4, 2013, AutoZone sells auto and light truck parts, chemicals and accessories through 4,767 AutoZone stores in 49 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 341 stores in Mexico and one store in Brazil for a total store count of 5,109.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and a leading distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the United States. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations, and public sector accounts. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand diagnostic and repair software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, non-automotive products and subscriptions to the ALLDATAdiy product through www.autozone.com, accessories through www.autoanything.com and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
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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 MALS 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 2, 10 a.m. – noon
More information about the clinic: Linda Warren Seely, Memphis Area Legal Services, 901.523.8822