TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 19, 2014

Brad Morgan (2013)
Brad has been busy with all sorts of pro bono projects! He directed the Alternative Spring Break Project for University of Tennessee law students, wherein 60 students worked across five cities on projects that ranged from volunteering at legal service offices, the JAG office at Ft. Campbell, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in Atlanta, working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina, assisting the immigrant population in Chattanooga, and volunteering at a pro se divorce clinic in Knoxville.

Brad also participated in the TBA’s recent Wills for Heroes event. Please read Brad’s short article (below in this newsletter) for more information about serving as a mentor to a law student or participating in other pro bono programs.

David Elliot (2008)
David served as an attorney mentor in UT College of Law’s Naturalization Alternative Spring Break Program. Through this program, four low-income permanent residents were assisted with their naturalization and fee waiver applications by UT law students during their spring break. The project was organized in coordination with La Paz, a Chattanooga based non-profit, and the local Legal Aid of East Tennessee office. What an incredible way to make a difference in the lives of these individuals!

Sean Lewis (2010)
Sean provided pro bono representation to a long-term Mexican immigrant who was not advised by prior criminal counsel that an expunction following judicial diversion would cause dire immigration consequences. Sean took the case to the Tennessee Supreme Court, which held that a guilty plea following an expunction is not a conviction subject to collateral review under the Tennessee Post-Conviction Procedure Act. Stay tuned as the divergence between federal immigration and state law hopefully is clarified.