Free Legal Clinics for Students
Bass, Berry & Sims, and GSRM Law Partner with Nashville State Community College Foundation to Provide Pro Bono Legal Clinics for Students
Attorneys to Provide Legal Counsel and Resource Referrals to Students at Eight Nashville State Campuses Across Tennessee in Monthly In-Person and Virtual Clinics
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2022) – Bass, Berry & Sims and Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC (GSRM Law) have partnered with the Nashville State Community College (NSCC) Foundation to hold a monthly Legal Help Clinic. These events will provide Nashville State students with pro bono legal counsel and referrals to appropriate legal resources for a variety of civil legal matters, such as landlord-tenant issues, vehicle purchase and repair, child support, expungement and more.
Beginning September 13, attorneys will meet students in-person at the College’s White Bridge campus and virtually with students across the College’s seven campuses in Tennessee, with the next events scheduled for October 11 and November 15. Each clinic will take place between 5 and 7 p.m.
“Our top priority at the Nashville State Community College Foundation is to ensure that every student who enrolls at the College has access to a comprehensive system of supportive resources that removes all potential barriers to the completion of a degree or certificate program,” said Cecily Stone, executive director of the Nashville State Foundation. “This partnership with two law firms with such deep roots in our communities reflects our commitment to that priority, and we are deeply appreciative of the time and legal resources they are so kindly donating for our students.”
Attorneys from Bass, Berry & Sims and GSRM Law will address a variety of legal matters for students by providing the appropriate legal and practical guidance, such as legal advice at the events, referrals to other legal service providers and resources or agreeing to provide extended counsel following the event.
Nashville State students interested in participating in this free clinic should check-in at the Student Services Center at the White Bridge campus, outside room S118.
Bass, Berry & Sims’ participation in this new event coincides with its 100 Acts of Service commitment to celebrate its 100th anniversary, in which attorneys and staff are volunteering time and expanded pro bono services to causes important to the firm and its employees.
“We congratulate the team at the Nashville State Foundation for their leadership in coordinating this wonderful event to connect students across the state with pro bono legal counsel and resources that are seldom made available to college students,” said David Esquivel, pro bono member at Bass, Berry & Sims. “Our firm is committed to ensuring equal access to justice and legal services, and we are excited to build upon our firm’s foundation of giving back with this new initiative. We also would like to thank the great team at GSRM Law, who share our commitment to our communities in Nashville and across the state, for their partnership in this program.”
GSRM Law is also celebrating an anniversary with 80 years of business in Nashville since launching as Martin & Cochran in 1942, which was followed by mergers with Gullett, Sanford & Robinson (1957), Westlake, Marsden & Montgomery (2003) and MTR Family Law (2022).
“We are grateful to celebrate 80 years as a firm and dedicated member of the Nashville community, and this is an exciting opportunity to continue GSRM Law’s legacy of supporting the community, legal and civic initiatives by contributing financial resources and volunteer hours,” said Ginna Winfree Burrell, attorney at GSRM Law and board member of NSCC Foundation. “This partnership with Bass, Berry & Sims to help fulfill this innovative initiative from the NSCC Foundation is a great opportunity for our attorneys to give back and engage with the future of our communities across Tennessee.”
About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Bass, Berry & Sims is a national law firm with over 300 attorneys dedicated to delivering exceptional service to numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses in significant litigation and investigations, complex business transactions, and international regulatory matters. Our people are true partners who work seamlessly across substantive practice disciplines, industries and geographies to deliver highly-effective legal advice and innovative, business-focused solutions. In 2022 the firm celebrates its centennial anniversary and continues to build on our foundational attributes of agility, tenacity and collaboration. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.
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About Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC (GSRM Law)
GSRM Law is a full service law firm with 33 attorneys whose practices emphasize corporate and commercial work for businesses and individuals nationwide. The firm's work includes insolvency, corporate transactions, commercial real estate and lending transactions, litigation in all trial and appellate courts, mediation, family law, alcoholic beverage law, healthcare, employment, tax, and estate planning. Additional information about GSRM Law may be found at www.GSRM.com.
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About Nashville State Community College Foundation
The Nashville State Community College Foundation was established in 1994 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and operates for the sole benefit and support of Nashville State Community College and its students. Through the generous support of alumni, community friends, corporations, and private foundations, the Foundation works to expand access to higher education and further regional workforce development. By raising funds for scholarships, program and infrastructure improvements, and grants for faculty and staff that enhance student learning opportunities, the Foundation strives to ensure that resources are available to meet the needs of both students and our rapidly growing local economy. For more information, visit www.nsccf.org.
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