Legal Aid Society provides $17.4M in pro bono work

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, and its attorneys, provided more than $17.4 million in free civil legal advice and representation in 2013, the entity announced in a release.

Throughout the year, Legal Aid Society handled 7,709 cases for low-income individuals and families and received more than 18,000 requests for assistance.

“These numbers not only reflect Legal Aid Society’s dedication to work toward fairness for all people in the civil justice system, they also speak to the continual need for our services,” Gary Housepian (pictured), executive director of Legal Aid Society, said in a release. “Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to achieve justice and make a real difference in people’s lives, but our work is never finished. We are committed to finding new ways to expand our reach and serve even more people with the greatest need.”

In 2013, Legal Aid Society presented 150 community education programs that reached 6,362 people in Middle Tennessee communities. The entity also distributed 30,279 self-help brochures on common legal problems and 221,637 more were downloaded from its website.