The Charlie Warfield Fellowship was created to fund a new lawyer to serve low-income adults with disabilities at the Tennessee Justice Center. Charlie has been a champion for equal justice in the Tennessee legal community, first at Farris Warfield, now at Stites & Harbison. Charlie’s friends and supporters honored him by creating a fellowship in his honor. A generous challenge grant from Frank and Amy Garrison got us well on our way in establishing this fellowship, and with your support we raised the balance and launched this important program in the fall of 2015. The first year cost of the Fellowship has been raised thanks to more than 50 supporters, but the balance of Year two is still needed. Please donate using the form to the left.

An extraordinary young lawyer from Vanderbilt, Megan Metcalf, has already been selected to be the first Warfield Fellow. Raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania, Megan is the first in her family to graduate from college. Megan matches her intelligence and education with a heart for service. As an example of her dedication to her clients, Megan drove to Knoxville before dawn to handle the contested administrative appeal of a TennCare HMO’s denial of needed medical services to an extremely medically fragile 19-year old. She won the hearing and the adulation of the client’s mother. Megan was invited to recount that experience last year at an event, attended by members of the Tennessee Supreme Court, celebrating the value of pro bono work. Watch the 3 minute video below and see why TJC and Vanderbilt Law faculty are eager to help her realize her ambition to become a lawyer for the poor. Please donate using the form to the left.

The JoAnn Waite Bennett Memorial Fund has made a generous donation to help Megan continue the legacy of JoAnn’s lifetime commitment to social justice. Until her death in 2007, JoAnn was a faithful TJC supporter and collaborator, working with us to improve services for the frail elderly. In that same spirit, Megan worked as a TJC law student intern on behalf of applicants and participants in Tennessee’s CHOICES program, which covers nursing home and home-based services. With the help of the Bennett family, Megan will continue as a Warfield Fellow to make CHOICES fairer and more responsive to the needs of vulnerable Tennessee seniors.

In the past year, Megan has helped nearly 70 clients access the care they need from a nursing home or in their own home through TennCare’s CHOICES program. She has also trained over 120 advocates on TennCare’s long-term care programs and best practices. Megan represented them in administrative hearings, prepared vital legal documents like Qualified Income Trusts, and helped stop harmful legislation that would have exposed nursing home residents to further abuse and neglect. She has also played a vital role in forming TJC’s new program called Independence, which builds on TJC’s long-standing commitment to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently.

With your support, we are hopeful that Megan can continue Charlie’s legacy into year two of the fellowship!