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TLAP announces creation of loan assistance fund

William B. Cain Fund created through grant from Tennessee
Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization

News Release from TLAP
NASHVILLE (July 27, 2009) — Tennessee attorneys, judges, and law students who lack resources to directly pay for treatment services may receive loan assistance through a new program, the William B. Cain Foundation.

Laura Gatrell, Executive Director of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP), said the revolving loan program was created through a grant from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization. Both TLAP and the commission are funded by Tennessee licensed attorneys.

The foundation was named in memory of Judge Cain, who served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 1998 until his death in 2007. Judge Cain had been a member of the judiciary since 1986 when he was appointed circuit court judge for the 22nd Judicial District. He remained in that position until his 1998 appointment to the Court of Appeals, where he later served as presiding judge. His legal career, including the practice of law, spanned nearly a half-century.

"I am delighted that the family of Judge William B. Cain has allowed his name to be used for a project that so perfectly epitomizes Judge Cain's commitment to the recovery of impaired members of the legal profession and his belief in the efficacy of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program," said Chief Justice Janice Holder.

TLAP was established by the Tennessee Supreme Court to provide assistance to members of the legal community, including law students, lawyers and judges. Judge Cain served for six years on the first TLAP Commission, after which he helped conduct interventions with judges and senior members of the legal community.

"He was kind, compassionate and convincing. Many people are alive today because of his gift of persuasion," said Gatrell.

For more information or to request a loan, please visit the TLAP web site or call (615) 741-3238 .

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