Miller & Martin Takes Lead In Adopting New Model For Firm’s Pro Bono Efforts

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Miller & Martin PLLC is taking the lead as the first firm in Chattanooga to adopt the Pillar Law Firm Model for its pro bono efforts within the region.  As the Pro Bono Firm of the Year for 2013, Miller & Martin was approached by the Access to Justice Commission and the Tennessee Supreme Court to initiate the Pillar Law Firm Model in Chattanooga in working with Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

“We are excited to have Miller & Martin’s support by serving as the inaugural Chattanooga law firm to embrace this new model.  This model will serve as a way of streamlining our work in coordinating pro bono cases with the right firms for those in need in our area,” said Charlie McDaniel, Pro Bono Project director at Legal Aid of East Tennessee.

The Pillar Law Firm Model offers firms the opportunity to select a particular area of law to focus their pro bono efforts upon, and Legal Aid of East Tennessee will only refer cases that fall within their designated area of practice.  While many of Miller & Martin attorneys already volunteer in a variety of other areas of law and will continue to do so, this initiative will be in addition to those types of cases and provide another opportunity for attorneys to get involved. Miller & Martin has selected housing law as its designated area of practice.

“It is an honor for our firm to be able to serve our community in this capacity, and I am looking forward to continuing our work alongside Legal Aid of East Tennessee in this focused and effective way,” said Marcy Eason, member at Miller & Martin PLLC.

The firm’s next steps in implementing this new model will be to host an internal lunch workshop to be held on Friday, at 12 p.m.  During this workshop, Mr. McDaniel will provide Miller & Martin attorneys with a more in-depth look at how the Pillar Law Firm Model will function and will provide training in the firm’s chosen area of Housing law.  


Andrew Puzder Says He Will Fiercely Defend American Workers As Secretary Of Labor

President-Elect Donald Trump announced  on Thursday  he intends to nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary. On Friday, Mr. Puzder released the following statement on American workers, immigration, and his plans for the Labor Department: "My job as a business person is to maximize profits for my company, employees and shareholders. ... (click for more)

Corker, Alexander Say Water Bill Will Strengthen Tennessee Infrastructure And Commerce

Senator Lamar Alexander said on Saturday the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act will help protect business and jobs across the country by authorizing funding to build, repair and maintain the country’s water infrastructure. "Improving locks, dams and other water infrastructure projects is one of the best ways the federal government can help protect ... (click for more)

Tennessee Members Of Congress Urge President To Approve Federal Disaster Assistance For Tennessee Counties

Members of Tennessee’s Congressional delegation on Saturday urged President Obama to quickly approve Governor Haslam’s request for a major disaster declaration for the State of Tennessee to help five Tennessee counties impacted by wildfires and severe weather in November rebuild and recover. “Governor Bill Haslam has submitted a request for Public Assistance and Individual ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Integrity And Ethics Lacking In Berke Administration

Mayoral candidate Larry Grohn criticized controversies and instability coming from the mayor’s administration as a sign of unethical leadership and a lack of integrity. He said, "These scandals lay out the simple fact that it is time for new leadership which is accountable to the people." Councilman Grohn’s criticism comes after the independent auditor’s release of a memorandum ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)