TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Oct 1, 2018

In this issue we remember a pro bono lawyer — Lutie Lytle — who was the first in many things, including one of America’s first black female journalists; first black woman to earn a law degree in the South and be admitted to the bar in the South; the first woman (of any color) admitted to the Tennessee bar; and the first female law professor (of any color) in the nation. And, as a dedicated pro bono lawyer, Lytle was one of the first lawyers to center a law practice on combating oppression of blacks and women. It was Lutie Lytle’s brilliance, courage and calling that made her face injustice and be the first at so much.