Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

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Cookeville Office

Managing Attorney

Marla K. Williams is a l988 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law.  She joined the Legal Aid Society in 1988.  She served as a District representative on the Board of the Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division from 1995 to 2000.  She coordinated the YLD’s high school mock trial competitions in her district.  She has served on the advisory boards of the Tennessee Vocational Training Center and Consumer Credit Counseling.  She serves on the boards of Putnam County Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services.  She is a graduate of Leadership Putnam and has been a member of its Board of Trustees since that time.  Marla has taught law and paralegal studies at Volunteer State Community College.  From 1997 to 2003 she served as a member of the Hearing Committee of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.  She is from Clay County.
 

Staff Attorneys

William Bush is a graduate of Princeton University and a 1978 graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School, where he was an editor of the Law and Housing Journal and of the Law Review.  He was a national board member of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council and a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow with Southeast Tennessee Legal Services.  He joined the Legal Aid Society in 1982.  He is a 2008 recipient of the B. Riney Green Award for promoting inter-program cooperation and otherwise strengthening the provision of legal aid in Tennessee.  He successfully litigated one of the nation’s first private enforcement actions under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Putnam County Bar Association, National Employment Lawyer’s Association, and Tennessee Employment Lawyer’s Association, and serves as co-chair of the FMLA Subcommittee of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.  He is Editor in Chief of The Family and Medical Leave Act, an annual treatise supplement jointly published by the ABA and Bloomberg BNA.  He is a frequent presenter on employment law topics.  He is past president of the Upper Cumberland Trial Lawyers Association and was the founder and co-chair of the board of Dismas House of the Upper Cumberlands in Cookeville.  He enjoys tennis and a variety of outdoor activities.
   
Rachel Moses
is a 1999 graduate of Centre College and a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.  In law school she was the founder and coordinator of the Family Justice Project and the Pet Project (which assisted victims of domestic violence by establishing a network of veterinarians and others who could keep pets) and was coordinator of the VITA taxpayer assistance program.  She was a student attorney at the UT Legal Clinic and clerked for two summers and one semester with the Legal Aid Society’s Oak Ridge office.  She is a former Vice-President of the Putnam County Bar Association. She is a 2010 graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program for outstanding young lawyers.  She is a District Representative for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and coordinates the YLD’s local high school mock trial competition and the local Wills for Heroes pro bono project, which provides free wills to emergency first responders.  She founded the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, which became an affiliate of the TBA’s YLD in 2010.  She received the YLD’s Public Service Day Project of the Year Award in 2011 and 2012.  In 2012 she received the State YLD President’s Award for “tireless dedication to the improvement of the legal profession and the TBA YLD.”  She served on the Pro Bono Advisory Committee of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.  She is past President of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary Club and serves as an Assistant Governor for Rotary International District 6780.  She is also the past President of the Cookeville Evening Lions Club.  She coaches youth basketball and serves on the Board of Directors for the Putnam County Youth Basketball League.  She is a 2011 participant in Leadership Putnam.