The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Knoxville Bar Association, in partnership with the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, the University of Tennessee College of Law (UT Law), and the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law), will host a virtual Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic for pre-screened individuals on Saturday, November 7, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The clinic is open to residents of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union Counties.  Those seeking advice must register and qualify in advance by emailing their name and phone number to no later than October 23, 2020.  Students from UT Law and LMU Law will follow up with potential clinic clients to determine eligibility for the clinic, which is available to individuals whose income and expenses place them at less than 250% of the federal poverty level based on household size.

Once pre-qualified and pre-registered, a Zoom link will be provided.  Clients accepted for the clinic must have access to a phone or computer with internet access and must complete and return an electronic form with financial information in order to participate and receive personalized legal advice at the clinic.

United States Bankruptcy Judge Suzanne H. Bauknight will begin the clinic with an overview about debt issues, the bankruptcy system, and reasons for and against seeking bankruptcy protection. After the overview, clients will be paired with volunteer attorneys in virtual break-out rooms to confidentially discuss debt relief options.


The Knoxville Bar Association is a non-profit corporation organized to work for the improvement and increased effectiveness of the legal profession and the administration of justice. The Association, which has 1,944 members, offers continuing legal education and service to the community through programs such as the Lawyer Referral & Information Service, Legal Advice Clinics and LawLine OnLine. Additional public service information may be found at the Association’s website at