In addition to traditional client services provided through normal intake procedures, and with the help of special funding and support, MALS operates the following projects and provides additional services to clients in various areas. Participation in some programs may require specific eligibility.
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Attorney of the Day Courthouse Project
Each Thursday an advice clinic is held at the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Avenue in Memphis. Volunteer attorneys meet with walk-in clients and provide advice and counsel. The clinic starts at 1:30pm in Room 134 of the Courthouse. Learn more or sign-up to volunteer.
MALS holds a monthly Consumer Advice Clinic hosted by an attorney to assist individuals in navigating through the web of consumer debt collection. This clinic arms clients with useful and valuable information and advice. The client is provided a Debt Collection Information Packet and given advice specifically for their situation. If the client has a legitimate claim, they may be provided extended services. Applicants with legal issues appropriate for advice through the clinic are referred by the Managing Attorney.
MALS’ office located 899-A Highway 51 South in Covington, TN, hosts a Family Law Advice Group meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 3pm to 5pm. During the meetings, members of our staff discuss and answer questions about divorce, the Parenting Plan law, mediation and child support. If you are interested, please contact us at (901) 255-3454 to be screened for participation. Residents of Fayette and Lauderdale counties may call toll free (888) 207-6386.
MALS has been a HUD certified housing counseling agency since 1980. In 2008, a new project was created, The Home Preservation Project, to help the tens of thousands of families in Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale and Fayette counties who face the prospect of losing their homes to foreclosure, largely as a result of irresponsible lending practices. Case handlers work with lenders to modify loans and determine the best options for homeowners who are at risk of homelessness. Our trained attorneys and counselors work to restructure loans and qualify for programs offered through federal funding and through lenders, with the ultimate objective of retaining and building equity in their homes. If you or someone you know is facing potential foreclosure, please contact us at (901) 255-3444.
Through funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, MALS operates a low-income tax clinic that provides community outreach and education of tax issues, in particular to ESL residents in our service area, and to provide representation of taxpayers in disputes before the Internal Revenue Service. Download Brochure
The Memphis Fair Housing Center (MFHC), through funding from federal, state and local grants, provides legal assistance to victims of fair housing discrimination and predatory lending, renters with landlord/tenant issues, and those facing foreclosure or homelessness. We are a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and adopter of the National Industry Standards for Home ownership Education, Counseling and Foreclosure Prevention. The MFHC also assists veterans and their families who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless through the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families project. To apply for assistance, please call (901) 432-4663. Download brochure
This program provides domestic violence victims the opportunity to become self-sufficient and self-sustaining survivors through intense case-management, referrals, counseling, and financial assistance. Participants in the program are selected on a case-by-case basis. If you are victim of domestic violence and interested in participating in this program or to get more information, please call (901) 523-8890. Download brochure
The Partnership for Educational Advocacy and Parity (PEAP) is a project funded by the Strengthening Communities Initiative through the University of Memphis and is a collaboration between MALS, the University of Memphis Department of Social Work, the University of Tennessee Boling Center for Developmental Delays, the Shelby County Regional Special Education PTA, and the University of Memphis School of Law. The project’s goal is to educate parents and interested professionals about the rights of children in special education programs and empower them to effectively advocate on their behalf in the IEP process. To become a participant or to learn more, please call 901-523-8822 ext. 101. Download Brochure
MALS holds pro se divorce workshops in its Memphis and Covington office locations. Aimed at low-income couples wishing to pursue a divorce without the expense of retaining an attorney, these workshops provide individuals with information and materials necessary for filing a pro se (Latin term meaning “for self”) divorce in court. Members of our staff provide forms needed to file and complete an uncontested no–asset divorce, assist in completing the forms, answer questions and give information about the legal issues and procedures involved. Click here to learn whether you qualify for participation in this workshop. Please contact us at (901) 523-8822 to be screened for participation or if calling from outlying areas of Fayette or Lauderdale County, call us toll free at (888) 207-6386).
MALS conducts an outreach legal clinic each Thursday, from 9am to 3pm, at the Fayette County Commission on Aging, referred to by locals as “The Senior Center,” located at 108 Kay Drive in Somerville, Tennessee. While we make every effort to see walk-in applicants, to ensure an opportunity to talk with our staff, you are encouraged to contact us at (901) 523-8822 or toll free at (888) 207-6386 if calling from Fayette or Lauderdale County, to make an appointment. Please note that adjustments may be made to clinic dates and times due to conflicting court dates, emergencies or other special circumstances.
Saturday Legal Clinics are held in Memphis and Covington where volunteer attorneys provide advice and counsel. Both clinics operate on a first come, first served basis and provide opportunity for members of the community to meet with an attorney to discuss their legal issues. Memphis clinics are held the second Saturday of every month at the Benjamin Hooks Main Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue, starting at 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM. The Covington clinics are held on a Saturday every other month at First Presbyterian Church, 403 S. Main Street, starting at 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM. Please click here to see dates for upcoming Saturday Legal Clinics. Learn more or how to volunteer.
With funding from the Veterans Administration, veterans and their families who are homeless or are in imminent danger of becoming homeless receive assistance though the Housing First model to find housing or retain housing. Veterans are also referred for medical, mental health, employment, and other services needed to promote housing stability. Those requiring legal assistance are provided a MALS attorney to provide legal and housing counseling, representation in court or at administrative hearings (other than at the VA), and negotiation with landlords. Program case workers provide supportive services and encourage veterans to become self-sufficient and maintain stability in housing. MALS assists participants in completing requirements for obtaining VA, TANF, Medicaid and SNAP benefits and in applying for vocational, educational, employment, mental health, and healthcare services. Qualified veterans can receive rental and utility assistance, payment of moving costs, and transportation child care expenses. For assistance through this project, please call (901) 432-4100. Download brochure
MALS and the University of Memphis School of Law operate legal clinics, through which third-year law students from the Law School, working under the direct supervision of clinical professors, provide free legal advice and court representation to clients. Located in the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at 1 North Front Street, the legal clinics are a part of MALS’ Pro Bono Projects initiatives and clients are referred through our normal intake procedures.