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Overview & Background Information


Every year thousands of East Tennesseans living below the poverty line are the tragic victims of fraud, unlawful eviction, predatory lending, elder abuse, and domestic violence. These people can’t afford to protect their rights, so Legal Aid of East Tennessee does it for them.

Over 8,000 people annually receive help from Legal Aid of East Tennessee for legal difficulties such as needing help obtaining an Order of Protection, preventing unlawful eviction and the resulting homelessness, protecting the rights of the elderly and mentally or physically disabled. Thanks to Legal Aid of East Tennessee, thousands of low-income families in our community have been given “justice for all.”

But, there are hundreds of thousands more to reach. Help Legal Aid of East Tennessee give those in your community a fighting chance at “justice for all” by donating through their website at or contacting one of our offices to volunteer your time.

Background Information

Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit law firm operating under the regulations imposed upon legal services organizations receiving funds through the federal Legal Services Corporation Act. The purpose of LAET is to provide civil legal services to eligible, primarily low-income persons (125% below federal poverty limits) and groups in our 26-county service area.

LAET, like most other legal services programs, began with the vast majority of its funding coming from the Legal Services Corporation, a federal agency that distributes funds to legal services organizations throughout the country. This federal funding has been drastically reduced over the years, and like so many other programs, LAET felt the pressure to find other sources of funding to survive. LAET has worked diligently to diversify and strengthen its funding base to ensure that the elderly, victims of domestic violence and low-income families continue to receive civil legal assistance in the face of federal budget cuts. The agency now operates with more than 30 funding sources and a growing Annual Campaign that draws support from local bar associations and members of the community. LAET is always seeking new funding sources in a continuing effort to fulfill its ultimate goal ... equal justice for all.
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