Legal aid clinic helps cure medical bill ills

by Tom Wilemon - September 9, 2014


The people who come to Shade Tree Clinic often need as much legal assistance as medical help.

Iraqi-born Faris Al-Jashami suffered from depression and anger issues after being separated from his Mexican-born wife because of immigration issues. Cancer survivor Susan Malone worried about regularly seeing a doctor and being able to afford medical bills.

A lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands working out of the clinic solved their problems. Chay Sengkhounmany has helped children with asthma living in mold-infested apartments by sending letters to landlords, filled out the paperwork so a homeless woman could claim inherited stock, assisted people facing eviction by informing them of their legal rights and brought a family back together. But now she is leaving the Legal Aid Society to go into private practice.



Nashville more than 'black and white and country music'

An oral history tells the nation about Nashville's surprising diversity

by Tony Gonzalez - March 28, 2014


He had already learned English, but understanding the Southern accent — that was the hard part for Somchay Manivong.

The Tennesseans thought he sounded funny, too.

He arrived in Murfreesboro in 1989 with an accent of his own, inflected with tones of the Laotian and French languages he learned growing up, before war forced his family to flee Laos in southeast Asia.

It was in that voice that Manivong recorded his personal story on Dec. 10, both preserving it for his family and joining in a project with a much wider reach. The stories of 39 immigrants, recorded recently by the Nashville Public Library and StoryCorps, take on the mission of telling the rest of the nation about the diverse, cosmopolitan city Nashville has become.


Social Media Mentions

Chay Sengkhounmany [Attorney-Medical-Legal Partnership, Nashville] helped present a poster on our partnership with Shade Tree Clinic at the annual MLP Conference in Seattle this week.

Posted by Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands on Friday, April 11, 2014

Chay Sengkhounmany [Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership, Nashville] was recently recognized by the American Immigration...

Posted by Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands on Wednesday, April 16, 2014