Seniors at Orange Mound Senior Center Received Free Legal Services from Top Memphis Legal Professionals
Memphis, Tenn., July 21, 2022 – Bass, Berry & Sims and AutoZone, in conjunction with Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS), hosted the 12th annual “Give a Little, Help a Lot” pro bono clinic at Orange Mound Senior Center on Tuesday, July 19. After a two-year hiatus from the event due to the pandemic, around 20 attorneys, paralegals and volunteers resumed the event to provide over two dozen low-income senior citizens with free legal services.
The return of the event also coincides with Bass, Berry & Sims’ 100 Acts of Service to celebrate its 100th anniversary, in which attorneys and staff are volunteering time and expanded pro bono legal services to causes important to the firm and its employees.
“We are so grateful for the opportunity to return to Orange Mound Senior Center for this important event, which has helped hundreds of its residents since 2008,” said Sehrish Siddiqui, member at Bass, Berry & Sims who helped organized this year’s clinic. “Pro bono work to ensure equality and access to justice and legal services is at the core of our firm’s identity and will always be a priority going forward. Our partnerships with AutoZone and MALS and their immense support in this collaboration throughout the years has been crucial to giving so many people access to essential legal counsel for their future.”
Since 2008, representatives from MALS, AutoZone and Bass, Berry & Sims have joined forces at the legal aid clinic to provide seniors with imperative legal advice by assisting with the preparation of healthcare directives, durable power of attorney forms, advance care plans as well as last wills and testaments.
“It has been 14 years since our first clinic, and it remains one of the most fulfilling experiences we get to be part of every year, and we are excited to have had the chance to get back to helping these residents after the pandemic forced a two-year pause,” said Amber Hitchcock, Real Estate Managing Attorney, Customer Satisfaction, at AutoZone. “It’s an amazing opportunity to provide seniors with legal guidance they may not have been able to obtain otherwise, and we hope to continue providing these important services to the wonderful people at Orange Mound Senior Center for decades to come.”
“Without the longstanding support from Bass, Berry & Sims and AutoZone’s legal department, the continued success of this event would not be possible,” said Constance K. Brown, Managing Attorney of Pro Bono Programs at MALS. “Our experience at the Orange Mound Senior Center has always been incredible, and we are so grateful for all the dedicated professionals who use their valuable time to guide these seniors through essential legal issues.”
About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Bass, Berry & Sims is a national law firm with over 300 attorneys dedicated to delivering exceptional service to numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses in significant litigation and investigations, complex business transactions, and international regulatory matters. Our people are true partners who work seamlessly across substantive practice disciplines, industries and geographies to deliver highly-effective legal advice and innovative, business-focused solutions. In 2022 the firm celebrates its centennial anniversary and continues to build on our foundational attributes of agility, tenacity and collaboration. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.
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As of May 7, 2022, AutoZone had 6,115 stores in the U.S., 673 stores in Mexico and 58 stores in Brazil for a total store count of 6,846. AutoZone is the leading retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the Americas. 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. We also have commercial programs in all stores in Mexico and Brazil. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic, repair and shop management software through www.alldata.com. Additionally, we sell automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories and non-automotive products through www.autozone.com, and our commercial customers can make purchases through www.autozonepro.com. We also provide product information on our Duralast branded products through www.duralastparts.com. AutoZone does not derive revenue from automotive repair or installation.
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About Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.
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 celebrated 50 years of service to the community in 2020. 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.
Constance Brown, Managing Attorney, Pro Bono Programs