Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 29, 2009

Tennessee Bar Foundation awards $1.4 million to trust accounts

The Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Bar Foundation recently announced awards from the Tennessee IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program of $1,400,365 to 55 law-related organizations. The recipients are headquartered in 25 communities around the state of Tennessee and provide their services in many additional cities and counties. The awards range from $3,000 to $270,000.

For the period of Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2009, The Avalon Center will receive an $11,000 IOLTA grant to provide advocacy services for women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence in Morgan County, Tennessee, one of four counties served by the Avalon Center. These funds are essential to the continuation of these services in Morgan County.

The Tennessee Bar Foundation is an organization of attorneys from across the state, active since 1982. The foundation has a three-fold purpose: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them to membership as “Fellows”; to use the contributions of these Fellows to support selected, law-related public interest projects; and to administer Tennessee’s IOLTA program. The IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program was established by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1984, and the responsibility for its administration was assigned to the Tennessee Bar Foundation. The purpose of the program is to raise funds to be distributed, in the form of grants, to organizations in Tennessee that provide direct legal services to the indigent, to organizations that seek to improve the administration of justice and to students, in the form of scholarships, at the state-supported law schools. IOLTA has granted over $15,800,000 to providers of these services in the state. For more information about the Tennessee Bar Foundation, contact (615) 242-1531.

The mission of the Avalon Center is to provide comprehensive support to adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, to promote community awareness and prevention through education, and to build and support a community culture that stands against violence. The Avalon Center provides emergency shelter, a 24-hour crisis line (1-800-641-3434), a children’s and school outreach program, professional counseling, and court advocacy support to individuals and families that have suffered domestic and sexual abuse. For more information about the Avalon Center, contact 456-0747.