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.