Access to Justice Committee

The Access to Justice Committee develops and implements policy and initiatives to assist lawyers, the organized bar, law schools, legal services organizations & pro bono programs in providing access to the justice system for the poor & marginalized.

Immediate Past Chair
Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison
150 3rd Ave S #1100
Nashville, TN 372012011
International Paper Company retired
8507 Level Creek Drive
Germantown, TN 38139

UTK Honors Law Women Student Group for Volunteer Service

The University of Tennessee recently awarded the College of Law’s Law Women student organization with its 2019 Charles R. Burchett Citation for Extraordinary Contributions to Campus Life. The group was chosen for its commitment to community engagement, diversity and volunteerism. The organization hosted a number of activities including a student-faculty mixer, a leadership lunch, a career development panel discussion, and even a self-defense class. Members were highlighted through social media spotlights, and law students were paired with faculty for mentoring sessions. Additionally, the members of Law Women provided nearly 4,000 pro bono hours of legal aid for people across the state.
read more »

Legal Community Promotes Access to Justice at Pro Bono Summit

The Access to Justice Commission recently held the 2019 Pro Bono Summit in Nashville, bringing together lawyers, judges, and other experts around the common cause of extending civil legal aid to as many Tennesseans as possible. “We estimate that at any given time at least 1.3 million people in Tennessee are either at or are just above the poverty line, but have a civil legal issue that needs attention,” said Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark, who spoke at the event about the need for access to justice in the state. She pointed out that the state’s primary legal aid organizations, which are dedicated to providing civil legal support, together employ only about 90 attorneys.
read more »