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Tennessee’s Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative

What is the Initiative?
The TBA Access to Justice Committee, in conjunction with the TBA Corporate Counsel Section and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), are working in partnership to help foster a coordinated approach to pro bono work and support for the access to justice community by corporate and in-house legal departments in Tennessee.

In the wake of a statewide meeting of corporate and in-house counsel representatives in Nashville in June 2006, the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Working Group was formed. This Group, with representatives from corporations and law firms around the state (a list is provided at right), is planning a Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, June 12, at the Music City Sheraton to raise awareness and money. Directors of the Pro Bono and Legal Aid Programs from around the state will be present at the Initiative reception and dinner to network with and to provide information to corporate and in-house counsel about pro bono opportunities in their communities.

Funds raised from the event will be deposited with the Tennessee Legal Community Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the TBA, for distribution to pro bono programs across the state to develop pro bono projects for corporate and in-house legal counsel.


How can you be involved?
Tennessee law firms and corporations and their members are invited to support this event by attending and/or by becoming recognized sponsors. Individual tickets for the event are $200 and a table for 10 without sponsorship is $2,000. The sponsorship opportunities are set out below:

Executive Committee: $10,000
• Full-page color ad (back or front inside or back outside cover) in the Initiative Dinner program book.
• First tier V.I.P. table for ten attendees at the Initiative Dinner.
• Recognition and signage at the Initiative Dinner & Reception.
• Early recognition in promotional materials as a member of the Initiative Executive Committee.
• Website recognition of company/firm on TBA’s website.

Board of Directors: $5,000
• Full-page black-and-white ad in the Initiative Dinner program book.
• One V.I.P. table for ten attendees at the Initiative Dinner
• Recognition and signage at the Dinner.
• Early recognition in promotional materials as a member of the Initiative Board of Directors.
• Website recognition of company/firm on TBA’s website.

Shareholders $3,000
• Half-page black-and-white ad in Initiative Dinner program book.
• One table for 10 attendees at the Initiative Dinner.
• Recognition and signage at the Dinner.
• Early recognition in promotional materials as a Shareholder in the Initiative.
• Website recognition of company/firm on TBA’s website.


Why is this important?
More than one million Tennesseans have incomes below 125 percent of the federal poverty level, and a recent legal needs study reveals that these poorest Tennessee families are experiencing between 1 and 3 civil legal problem a year. Legal aid programs around the state are unable to meet this overwhelming need with limited staffs, and pro bono programs trying to fill the gap simply do not have enough resources or volunteer lawyers. Tennessee’s corporations and corporate counsel can help make a significant difference by attending the Initiative Reception and Dinner to learn about special pro bono opportunities for corporate counsel and to help raise money to facilitate the development of new and exciting pro bono projects for in-house corporate counsel and their outside counsel around the state.


Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Sponsors
Board of Directors Sponsors: $5,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
Caterpillar Financial
Counsel On Call, Inc.
International Paper

Shareholder Sponsors: $3,000
Adams and Reese LLP
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Bass, Berry, & Sims PLC
Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry PLC
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Dell Inc.
Eastman Chemical Company
FedEx Corporation
HCA
Hilton Hotels Corporation
Miller & Martin PLLC
Mediation Group of Tennessee, LLC
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company
Vanderbilt University, Office of General Counsel
Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.
Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP
Wyatt, Tarrant  & Combs LLP
How Can You Be Involved?
Who Is Already a Sponsor?
Pro Bono Initiative leaders
Members of the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Working Group:

Jim Barry, International Paper
Andy Branham, Counsel On Call
Waverly Crenshaw, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Sherie Edwards, State Volunteer Mutual
Michelle Long, Tennessee Hospital Association
Cheryl Mason, HCA
Todd Presnell, Miller, Martin
Ann Pruitt, Dell
Allan Ramsaur, Tennessee Bar Association
Ted Raynor, Hilton Hotels Corporation
Candice Reed, Counsel On Call
Rhonda Scott, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
Gary Shockley, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Suzanne Spell, Eastman Chemical
Mike Sposato, Caterpillar Financial
Davis Turner, Vanguard Health Systems
Danny Van Horn, Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada
Larry Wilks, TBA President
Bill Young, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
For more information
Members of the Working Group can answer questions you may have about the Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative or you may contact Becky Rhodes, the TBA Access to Justice Coordinator.


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