Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Justices Holder, Lee Participate in Law School Pro Bono Conference

September 9, 2013

Leaders from the access to justice community met in Knoxville last week with representatives from the six law schools in Tennessee to learn about the state of pro bono in Tennessee.

About 40 people participated in the Law School Pro Bono & Public Interest Conference program, including Supreme Court Justices Janice Holder and Sharon Lee; Access to Justice Commission Chair Buck Lewis; Commission Vice-Chair Doug Blaze, dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law; and representatives from Legal Aid Dave Yoder and Chay Sengkhounmany

According to the Tennessee Bar Association, the group is engaging in conversations about the needs, opportunity, challenges and possibilities surrounding pro bono work and related access to justice issues. Lewis, a former TBA president, delivered the keynote address, highlighting the historic collaborations that have produced outstanding developments, while issuing the clear call to action that much work still remains. TBA President Cindy Wyrick also spoke to the group.

The event was sponsored by the TBA Access to Justice Committee.

Brad Morgan, Doug Blaze, Justice Janice Holder, Justice Sharon Lee, Buck Lewis and John Lewis at the Law School Pro Bono event.

Access to Justice Commission Chairman Buck Lewis speaks about how, while much work has been done, much work remains to improve access to justice.

UT College of Law Dean Doug Blaze and Justice Janice Holder