Eligible Financial Institutions

August 2013 - IOLTA Grant Awards 2014
Applications for IOLTA grant awards to be paid during 2014 are available here. Completed applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 13, 2013. Please note that due to the continued reduction in IOLTA income, no awards will be made to new-to-IOLTA applicants.

May 2013 – “Lower Middle” Reception

On May 7, the Foundation held a reception at historic Rippavilla Plantation in Columbia (Maury County) for Fellows and judges from “lower middle” Tennessee. Guests from six area cities attended, along with Supreme Court justices Connie Clark (Franklin) and Bill Koch (Nashville) and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, who met earlier in the afternoon in Columbia. The following law firms supported the event as sponsors: from Columbia, Fleming, Flynn & Murphy, P.C. and Hardin, Parkes, Kelley, Carter & Bryant, PLLC; from Lawrenceburg, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC and Harwell & Plant; and from Hohenwald, The Spitzer Firm. See the slide show of photographs below.

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January 2013 - IOLTA Grant Awards
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved awards totaling $650,000 to be paid during 2013 to 53 organizations located across Tennessee. In accordance with the Supreme Court’s Order, all recipients provide either direct civil legal service to indigent clients or work to improve the administration of justice. The list of organizations is available by clicking here.

May 2012 - "Upper East" Reception
The Foundation’s outreach reception was held this spring in Kingsport, for Fellows and judges in “Upper East" Tennessee. Members from seven area cities attended, as well as Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade from Sevierville. Contributions from these law firms supported the event: Arnold, Haynes & Sanders (Johnson City); Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP (Kingsport); Milligan & Coleman (Greeneville) and Wilson Worley PC (Kingsport). See the slideshow of photographs (below).

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September 2011 - Legal History Project video collages available online
All seven collages that compile the “best of" moments of the video interviews conducted by the Legal History Project may be viewed online. Click here to enjoy the preserved memories, wit and wisdom of Tennessee’s senior lawyers!

March 2011 - Participant Members
Any lawyer licensed in Tennessee who participates in the IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts) program, whether as an individual or as a member (principal, employee, or other member) of a law firm, and who is not currently a Fellow of the Foundation, is eligible to serve as a voting “Participant" member of the Foundation.

To enroll as a voting Participant member of the Foundation, complete this form and submit it to the Foundation office. Forms received prior to April 30, 2011 will immediately qualify (after acknowledgement from the Foundation office) that lawyer for Participant status. Forms received after April 30, 2011 will qualify (after acknowledgement from the Foundation office) that lawyer for Participant status as of January 1, 2012. Terms of office will be in accordance with Section 2.7(a) (below).

Participant membership was made possible by amendment, in part, of two sections of the Foundation’s bylaws, as follows:

Section 2.7 Participants

(a) Any attorney licensed in Tennessee who participates in the Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, whether as an individual or as a member (principal, employee, or other member) of a law firm, and who is not currently a Fellow of the Foundation, shall be eligible to serve as a “Participant" in the Foundation. An attorney shall qualify as a Participant upon submitting his or her written request to the Executive Director of the Foundation and providing such proof as the Executive Director may reasonably require of such person’s qualification to serve. For all such written requests received from the date of adoption of these bylaws through April 30, 2011, a Participant's term shall begin as of the date of his or her appointment. Thereafter, a Participant's term shall begin on the next January 1 following the date of his or her appointment. All Participant terms shall end on the fifth December 31 following the year of his or her appointment, or until his or her death, resignation, or ineligibility, whichever first occurs.

(b) The requirements needed to maintain Participant status shall be a license to practice law in the State of Tennessee and participation in the IOLTA program during the then-current fiscal year ending June 30.

(c) Appropriate notice of the date, time, and place of meetings of the membership shall be given to each Participant, as provided in Article III of these bylaws.

Section 2.8. Termination of Membership

(a) Any member (Fellow or Participant) may voluntarily terminate his or her membership at any time upon written notice to the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the principal office of the Foundation.

November 2009 - Information about Mandatory IOLTA Participation
Educational materials regarding compliance with the mandatory IOLTA program have been mailed to all lawyers holding Tennessee licenses. For the answers to Frequently Asked Questions, the form to open an IOLTA account (or convert a pre-existing trust/escrow checking account to an IOLTA account) and the list of Eligible Financial Institutions, click here.

For additional assistance, contact the Foundation at 615/242-1531 or 800/634-2516 or info@tnbarfoundation.org

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