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July 2013
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Client Story: Legal Aid Society Helps with Identity Theft 
 
“Sarah” contacted Legal Aid Society in October 2012 because her Social Security Income (SSI) benefits were reduced to $86 per month because the Social Security Administration (SSA) showed she had earned income and had been overpaid. In fact, she had no earned income and was a victim of identity theft. Someone had reported self-employment income using Sarah’s social security number and claiming her children as dependents to get earned income tax credit for three years (totaling $14,000 in refunds). Sarah filed an affidavit of identity theft with the IRS but could not get the SSA to act on it.
 
Legal Aid Society helped convince the SSA that it could take years to get the information from the IRS. Legal Aid Society got a $16,963 overpayment waived by the SSA and Sarah’s benefits were reinstated in January 2013.
 
Campaign Update 
 
As of July 9, we have raised $620,680 towards our $760,000 goal. To make your own tax-deductible gift or to complete your pledge, go online to www.las.org or send checks payable to the Legal Aid Society to 300 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN  37201. For more information, contact Cindy Durham at cdurham@las.org or (615) 780-7125.
 
NALS After Hours Silent Auction on July 18 to Benefit Legal Aid Society 

NALS…Association of Legal Professionals, Nashville Chapter is hosting its first NALS After Hours Silent Auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC, 211 Commerce Street in Nashville. All proceeds will be donated to Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.
 
The event will feature country music artist Stephanie Quayle who performed at this year’s CMA Fest. Quayle has graciously donated her time to perform. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.
 
Auction items already donated include restaurant gift certificates, wine, four lower bowl Predators tickets, artwork, parking for a month on Church Street, alarm system installation and many other great items.
 
 
NALS Nashville is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonunion organization of legal secretaries, legal assistants, paralegals, law office administrators, court clerks and other legal professionals.
 
Legal Aid Society Releases 2012 Annual Report 

Legal Aid Society recently released its 2012 annual report. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the report, please contact Cindy Durham, director of development, at cdurham@las.org or (615) 780-7125.
 
Murfreesboro Office Receives Award from June Anderson Center for Women & Nontraditional Students  

The Murfreesboro Legal Aid Society office has received an award from the June Anderson Center for Women & Nontraditional Students at Middle Tennessee State University. The award honors the work Managing Attorney Andrae Crismon and the Murfreesboro office staff have done in providing free legal assistance to students and staff at MTSU.
 
Pictured: Andrae Crismon and Valerie Avent, June Anderson Women's Center assistant director
 
Legal Aid Society to Participate in Day of Service 

Legal Aid Society/Nashville Pro Bono Program is joining the Young Lawyers Division of the Nashville Bar Association, the Napier-Looby Bar Association, the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the James Flexer Law Firm in partnering to provide free legal services and consultations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 at five sites in Nashville. Individuals will be able to receive free legal advice in any area of civil law, including landlord-tenant, collection, bankruptcy, wills and estates, personal injury, divorce, custody and employment. There is no pre-registration required.
 
Sites for the Day of Service will be:
 
  • St. Luke's Community House, 5601 New York Avenue
  • Bethel AME Church, 1300 South Street
  • Northwest YMCA, 3700 Ashland City Highway
  • East Park Community Center, 700 Woodland Street
  • Legal Aid Society, 300 Deaderick Street
 
Staff Updates 
 
Andrae Crismon, managing attorney for Legal Aid Society’s Murfreesboro office, has been named a finalist for the 2013 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). Crismon is one of five finalists in the legal services industry. Sponsored by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville, the NELAs recognize Nashville's young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. There were more than 400 nominations this year. One in each industry will be recognized as the 2013 NELA recipient at the awards ceremony on Thursday, August 1.
 
 
 
Rae Anne Seay has transferred from the Legal Aid Society’s Columbia office to the Tullahoma office. She maintains her position as staff attorney. Seay joined the Legal Aid Society as an attorney in September 2009 and served as grant writer for Legal Aid Society from 2006-2008 while attending law school.
 
Upcoming Clinics 
 
In 2013, the Nashville Pro Bono Program and Legal Aid Society offices will host more than 100 clinics to provide free legal help throughout its 48-county service area. If you want to volunteer at one of the clinics, contact Alysse Gregory with the Nashville Pro Bono Program at agregory@las.org (or 615-780-7131) or call your local Legal Aid Society office.
 
You can see a list of upcoming clinics here.
 

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