Shelby County’s ‘Street Court’ and Project Homeless Connect Focus on Voting Rights Restoration for National Voter Registration Month

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Memphis, TN, 9/17/2013 — The Shelby County Public Defender, District Attorney General, Judge Karen Massey, and Judge Robert Childers are collaborating to bring the innovative and successful “Street Court” back for Memphis’s fourth Project Homeless Connect.

September is National Voter Registration Month. This year’s Street Court will include a focus on voting rights restoration. Along with the ability to access basic needs such as State and Federal benefits, a driver’s license and housing, these are all vital steps toward returning to a productive life.

Street Court will also offer legal counseling and petition the court for costs and fee waivers. These court costs, in most cases, could never be paid without assistance like this. Financial barriers like these often stand in the way of full-time employment and permanent housing. Nearly 100 people received legal assistance at Project Homeless Connect 3.

This Thursday, attorneys from the Public Defender’s Office, top Memphis law firms, Memphis Area Legal Services, and University of Memphis law students will identify and address limited legal issues for indigent clients in a full-scale legal clinic.

Project Homeless Connect Memphis is a massive one-day event coordinated by Community Alliance for the Homeless. This full range of resources and services needed to overcome homelessness is housed under one roof.  At PHC3, 800 volunteers helped more than 700 of the city’s less fortunate.

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Where: Memphis Cook Convention Center

Time:   Street Court is open from 9 – 3pm

Street Court Contact: Chris Martin, Law Offices of the Shelby County Public Defender   m. 931.216.5011

Hashtag: #PHCMem     @defendshelbyco

You can download a PDF of the media release here: 

PHC4 Street Court Media Release