More About TJC 

The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit, public interest legal/advocacy organization that serves low-income families across Tennessee. TJC was established in 1995 to afford these families continued representation through policy and class action advocacy after Congress deprived federally funded Legal Services programs of the ability to provide such representation.

As class action counsel and through its other policy advocacy work, TJC represents approximately 1.3 million Tennesseans.  TJC gives priority to acceptance of civil cases which affect health care, income security, and opportunity for low-income families statewide.  TJC’s litigation successes have included:

  • landmark consumer protections for TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program) patients when HMO’s refuse care prescribed by their doctors;
  • rulings protecting the health coverage of 650,000 children enrolled in TennCare, including special protections for foster care children;
  • a decision protecting the uninsured from unfair hospital pricing practices;
  • a ruling that upheld the right of Medicare beneficiaries to enforce federal Medicare rules against health care companies;
  • recognition of the right of people with disabilities to sue the state to compel the development of home and community-based services as alternatives to institutionalization in nursing homes;
  • reinstatement of more than 100,000 individuals whose TennCare coverage had been wrongfully terminated;
  • protections against the arbitrary loss of health coverage for TennCare patients, with special accommodation during the eligibility process for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency.

TJC also played a crucial role in shaping Tennessee’s design of its TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program and securing a number of important safeguards for affected families. TJC policy analysis and recommendations contributed substantially to the adoption of several major changes:

  • creation of a “good cause” exemption from welfare eligibility time limits and penalty provisions;
  • reinstatement of terminated assistance when children are at risk of homelessness or placement in state custody;
  • guaranteed extension of TennCare coverage for families who lose their TANF payments;
  • assistance and legal protections for families with special needs that impair their ability to meet work requirements and other TANF rules;
  • a unique quality review process that dramatically reduced case closures by increasing the oversight of caseworker decisions; and
  • preservation of temporary assistance as an individual legal entitlement for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Through administrative advocacy and the provision of technical analyses to state officials, TJC has won policy reforms that have enabled tens of thousands of low-income Tennessee families to obtain nutrition assistance. These accomplishments have included the relaxation of time limits on the receipt of food stamps, the liberalization of food stamp resource rules and streamlining of the application process.

The organization has received invaluable pro bono help from AARP, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and private law firms in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. The international firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Denton’s have donated $15 million in pro bono services as co-counsel in TJC’s major cases on behalf of low-income children and families in Tennessee.

What others say about TJC

I don’t know of any more effective, more brilliant lawyers than those at the Tennessee Justice Center.

Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

If you went to law school determined to bring justice to poor people, and you are ready to roll up your sleeves to engage in David vs. Goliath high-impact litigation, then you ought to work for the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC).  Top-notch lawyers, compelling clients, and a strong track record of winning, TJC … is one of the nation’s best anti-poverty nonprofit organizations.

David Stern, Equal Justice Works

The Tennessee Justice Center provides an invaluable resource to the most vulnerable members of society, and serves as a model for other social justice organizations

Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice

There are very few law offices like TJC in this country, and there are very few jobs for public interest lawyers interested in policy and systemic leadership like those at TJC.

John Bouman, Shriver Center for Poverty Law

TJC is renowned throughout the country both for its astonishing depth and breadth of legal work and for its extraordinarily zealous, strategically sophisticated, successful representation of low income Tennesseans.  It is a national treasure.

Henry Freedman, National Center for Law and Economic Justice

I have worked with numerous law firms and non-profit organizations during my career.  None of them are more dedicated or skilled than the lawyers at TJC, whose important and ground-breaking work has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-income Tennesseans through a creative combination of high impact litigation and advocacy.

Vickie Reznik, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Through its advocacy for vulnerable Tennesseans, TJC has made our legal system more just, our community more compassionate, and our government institutions more accountable. This small public-interest law firm … has an outsized effect on the quality of life in Tennessee.

Honorable Riley Anderson, retired Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court

More About TJC 

The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit, public interest legal/advocacy organization that serves low-income families across Tennessee. TJC was established in 1995 to afford these families continued representation through policy and class action advocacy after Congress deprived federally funded Legal Services programs of the ability to provide such representation.

As class action counsel and through its other policy advocacy work, TJC represents approximately 1.3 million Tennesseans.  TJC gives priority to acceptance of civil cases which affect health care, income security, and opportunity for low-income families statewide.  TJC’s litigation successes have included:

  • landmark consumer protections for TennCare (Tennessee’s Medicaid program) patients when HMO’s refuse care prescribed by their doctors;
  • rulings protecting the health coverage of 650,000 children enrolled in TennCare, including special protections for foster care children;
  • a decision protecting the uninsured from unfair hospital pricing practices;
  • a ruling that upheld the right of Medicare beneficiaries to enforce federal Medicare rules against health care companies;
  • recognition of the right of people with disabilities to sue the state to compel the development of home and community-based services as alternatives to institutionalization in nursing homes;
  • reinstatement of more than 100,000 individuals whose TennCare coverage had been wrongfully terminated;
  • protections against the arbitrary loss of health coverage for TennCare patients, with special accommodation during the eligibility process for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency.

TJC also played a crucial role in shaping Tennessee’s design of its TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) program and securing a number of important safeguards for affected families. TJC policy analysis and recommendations contributed substantially to the adoption of several major changes:

  • creation of a “good cause” exemption from welfare eligibility time limits and penalty provisions;
  • reinstatement of terminated assistance when children are at risk of homelessness or placement in state custody;
  • guaranteed extension of TennCare coverage for families who lose their TANF payments;
  • assistance and legal protections for families with special needs that impair their ability to meet work requirements and other TANF rules;
  • a unique quality review process that dramatically reduced case closures by increasing the oversight of caseworker decisions; and
  • preservation of temporary assistance as an individual legal entitlement for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Through administrative advocacy and the provision of technical analyses to state officials, TJC has won policy reforms that have enabled tens of thousands of low-income Tennessee families to obtain nutrition assistance. These accomplishments have included the relaxation of time limits on the receipt of food stamps, the liberalization of food stamp resource rules and streamlining of the application process.

The organization has received invaluable pro bono help from AARP, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and private law firms in New York, Chicago and Atlanta. The international firms of Kirkland & Ellis and Denton’s have donated $15 million in pro bono services as co-counsel in TJC’s major cases on behalf of low-income children and families in Tennessee.

What others say about TJC

I don’t know of any more effective, more brilliant lawyers than those at the Tennessee Justice Center. – Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

If you went to law school determined to bring justice to poor people, and you are ready to roll up your sleeves to engage in David vs. Goliath high-impact litigation, then you ought to work for the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC).  Top-notch lawyers, compelling clients, and a strong track record of winning, TJC … is one of the nation’s best anti-poverty nonprofit organizations. – David Stern, Equal Justice Works

The Tennessee Justice Center provides an invaluable resource to the most vulnerable members of society, and serves as a model for other social justice organizations. – Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice

There are very few law offices like TJC in this country, and there are very few jobs for public interest lawyers interested in policy and systemic leadership like those at TJC. – John Bouman, Shriver Center for Poverty Law

TJC is renowned throughout the country both for its astonishing depth and breadth of legal work and for its extraordinarily zealous, strategically sophisticated, successful representation of low income Tennesseans.  It is a national treasure. – Henry Freedman, National Center for Law and Economic Justice

I have worked with numerous law firms and non-profit organizations during my career.  None of them are more dedicated or skilled than the lawyers at TJC, whose important and ground-breaking work has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of low-income Tennesseans through a creative combination of high impact litigation and advocacy. – Vickie Reznik, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Through its advocacy for vulnerable Tennesseans, TJC has made our legal system more just, our community more compassionate, and our government institutions more accountable. This small public-interest law firm … has an outsized effect on the quality of life in Tennessee. – Honorable Riley Anderson, retired Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court

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