Law Students Gather for Pro Bono Summit

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Representatives from law schools and legal aid gather at the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit. Pictured (from left): Brad Morgan (UT College of Law), Andrew McRee (Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law), Dave Yoder (Legal Aid of East Tennessee), John Lewis and Dean William Koch (Nashville School of Law), Jeffrey Usman (Belmont University College of Law) and Spring Miller (Vanderbilt Law School). 


Representatives from all six Tennessee law schools gathered in Nashville over the weekend with leaders from the access to justice community for the fourth Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit, hosted by Nashville School of Law and sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee and the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. About 30 people took part in the program, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee and Nashville School of Law Dean (and former Supreme Court Justice) William Koch, as well as representatives from legal aid organizations. Dave Yoder, Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Samantha Sanchez from Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and Liz Logsdon from Disability Rights Tennessee all presented about the work of their organizations and opportunities for involvement from law students and recent graduates.

The conference included remarks from Chief Justice Lee, Dean Koch and Nashville School of Law faculty and TBA ATJ Committee Member John Lewis. Participants engaged in conversations about the need, opportunity, challenges and possibilities surrounding pro bono and public interest work and related access to justice issues. The two day summit included active discussions led by ATJ Committee members Brad Morgan (UT College of Law), Jeffrey Usman (Belmont University College of Law), Andrew McRee (Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law), Spring Miller (Vanderbilt Law School) and law student representatives from each of the schools.

For more information on this or other related TBA Access to Justice programs, please contact Liz Todaro, TBA Access to Justice Coordinator Liz Todaro.  

(TBA photos by Liz Todaro.)

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Nashville School of Law Dean William Koch welcomes participants to the fourth Tennessee Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Dave Yoder, Executive Director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, addresses Summit participants about pro bono oppoprtunities with legal aid organizations. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Matt Schwimmer, Vice President of the Public Action Law Society at the University of Memphis School of Law, presents on recent law school initiatives. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharon Lee shares thoughts on the significance of committing to pro bono work as a law student and young lawyer. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Summit participants engaged in roundtable discussions throughout the event. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Summit participants engaged in roundtable discussions throughout the event. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Summit participants engaged in roundtable discussions throughout the event. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Summit participants engaged in roundtable discussions throughout the event. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Summit presenters gather on the first day of the event. Pictured, from left, Brad Morgan, Samantha Sanchez, John Lewis, Dean William Koch and Chief Justice Sharon Lee. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Nashville School of Law faculty John Lewis (left) and Dan Berexa (right) with NSL student Christian Cahill (center. 

Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit

Tennessee Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Summit participants and presenters gather on the first day of the event. All six Tennessee law schools were represented at the conference. 

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