Annual Inn of Court auction benefits ET Legal Aid

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Posted 12/31/17

Legal Aid of East Tennessee, a nonprofit law firm, is the beneficiary of the proceeds from an entertaining and competitive auction that has become a …

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Annual Inn of Court auction benefits ET Legal Aid

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Legal Aid of East Tennessee, a nonprofit law firm, is the beneficiary of the proceeds from an entertaining and competitive auction that has become a beloved tradition and favorite part of the Chattanooga Inn of Court's annual holiday party.

Members of the Justices, Ray L. Brock Jr. and Robert E. Cooper, presented the $12,550 in auction proceeds to the Chattanooga office of Legal Aid.

Serving 26 counties, Legal Aid impacts clients by providing legal representation in cases involving landord/tenant disputes, domestic violence, consumer law, and public benefits primarily to low-income Tennessee residents who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.

The mission of Legal Aid is to strengthen communities and change lives by providing high-quality civil legal services to those facing these sorts of legal problems.

Legal Aid's vision is an East Tennessee where justice is a community value and no one faces a legal problem alone.

"The money raises is particularly welcome this year as we continue to impact the lives of those who otherwise would not have access to basic legal services," said Sheri Fox, executive director of Legal Aid of Tennessee.

"We will use this money to make lasting changes in the lives of our clients, and to make a difference for the entire community," she added.

A recent Tennessee economic impact study demonstrated that every dollar invested in civil legal aid returns more than $11 to the local community. 

"Legal Aid of East Tennessee is deserving of the time, effort and money raised this year on their behalf by our membership," said Inn of Court President Lee Davis.

The purpose of an Inn of Court is to improve the skills, professionalism, ethics, and civility of the bench and bar. Membership is by invitation only. The Chattanooga chapter is composed of over 100 local judges and lawyers.

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