TBA Access to Justice Committee's Pro Bono & Public Interest Conference for Law Schools

Over 30 students and faculty representing law schools across Tennessee gathered at the Belmont University College of Law to discuss and plan for increasing pro bono opportunities for law students Jan. 25-26. The group was invited by the TBA Access to Justice (ATJ) Committee and joined by representatives from the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. 

The conference began with a keynote speech by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and included active discussions led by ATJ Committee members Brad Morgan (UT College of Law), Jeffrey Usman (Belmont University College of Law), Callie Caldwell (University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law), Laura Hash (Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law) and Alistair Newbern (Vanderbilt Law School).

Brad Morgan introduces Justice Janice Holder.
All photos by Liz Todaro.

The conference began with a keynote speech by Justice Janice Holder, who spoke of the great strides that Tennessee is making with respect to increasing access to justice for those in need, while emphasizing that there remains much work to be done.

The conference included active discussions led by ATJ Committee members Brad Morgan (UT College of Law), Jeffrey Usman (Belmont University College of Law), Callie Caldwell (University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law), Laura Hash (Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law) and Alistair Newbern (Vanderbilt Law School).

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law students Steven Shirley (left) and Chris Martin discuss pro bono projects for the school's "Alternative Spring Break" program. Martin is the winner of the 2013 TBA Public Service Award for Law Student Volunteer of the Year. 

Students and faculty from Tennessee law schools gather to share ideas and develop connections to deepen pro bono and access to justice work.

For more information about the TBA Access to Justice Committee, please contact Liz Todaro at ltodaro@tnbar.org or (615) 383-7421.