College of Law

Volunteer


At the University of Tennessee College of Law, we pride ourselves on our growing network of alumni and friends of the school. Being part of the Vol (Law) Nation means that your contributions are needed and appreciated in a variety of areas. Browse through the links below to learn where and how your time and skills can help others right now.

Admissions Alumni Network

Alumni are our best recruiters. Prospective students want to know who our alumni are, and where and how they are engaged in their careers. Alumni can be our best resources for prospects and admitted candidates who are interested in living in your area or in a career like yours. There are lots of ways to get involved, including:

  • Alumni Networker Profiles – online profiles on the College of Law website;
  • Alumni Host –  meet with prospects in your area to provide information about the College of Law and Knoxville, or host small gatherings for prospects or admitted students in your city;
  • Alma Mater Reach Back – represent the College of Law to your undergraduate alma maters at events or through communication with pre-law and other advisors.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Phyllis Brewer (pbrewer@utk.edu) or Carolyn Karstrom (ckarstrom@utk.edu) in the Admissions Office at 865-974-4131.


Alumni Council

The Alumni Council, established in 1973, was created to enable the alumni of the University of Tennessee College of Law to connect with the various programs, activities, and curricular offerings of the law school. The mission of the Alumni Council is to promote alumni involvement with the University of Tennessee College of Law and to build and maintain a viable annual giving program. The purpose of the Alumni Council at the College of Law shall be to foster the development and advance the quality of the law school by connecting students with professionals, to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the College of Law community and its alumni, and to foster loyalty and financial support for the College of Law’s annual giving program. Read more.

 


Career Center Opportunities

Mock Interview Program

Every February, the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center offers a Mock Interview Program for first-year law students prior to the start of Spring On-Campus Interviewing. This program brings in alumni of varied practice areas and job settings to conduct half-hour interviews with students and to provide some brief feedback on how the student can improve his/her interview skills and/or application materials.

Interviewers may volunteer to interview as many or as few students as their schedule allows. Interview schedules are created around the availability of the individual alum, but most interviews are held in the afternoons.

To participate, please contact Kay Brown in the Career Center at 865-974-4751 or kaybrown@utk.edu prior to February 1 of each year.

Hire a UT Law Student or Graduate

Could you or your organization help train our outstanding students by employing a part-time or summer law clerk? Do you or your organization have a full-time need for a law graduate or experienced alum?

The Career Center would love to speak to you about your employment needs. Employers may select the recruiting method that best meets their desires, timetable, and recruiting budget.

Please contact Joe Christian, employer relations and recruitment coordinator, at 865-974-4349 or christian@utk.edu to individualize your recruiting relationship with students and graduates of the College of Law.


Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

The Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution hosts speakers to discuss topics of interest to students in the curriculum, including trial and appellate advocacy, pretrial litigation skills and practice, interviewing and counseling, and negotiation and dispute resolution. The Center also hosts regular symposia on cutting-edge topics of interest to those pursuing a career in advocacy and dispute resolution. Apply via multi-unit speaker sign-up.

Additionally, the Center advises the College of Law Moot Court Program, which sponsors two intramural moot court competitions, one involving a mock trial and the other involving an appellate case. The Moot Court Board recruits judges and lawyers to judge the rounds of the competition and to provide constructive feedback to the students who are working to improve their advocacy skills. The Center also sponsors a first-year advocacy program which allows first-year students to begin to develop their advocacy skills. Volunteer lawyers and judges critique and provide feedback to the students on their presentations.

Please contact Penny White, Director of the Center for Advocacy and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, at 865-974-6830 or pwhite4@utk.edu to get more information on volunteering with the Center.


Judicial Clerkship Advising Program

The Judicial Clerkship Advising Program welcomes involvement by alumni who have served or are serving judicial clerkships. Alumni are needed as program speakers to explain the duties and benefits of a judicial clerkship; to discuss the best way to prepare for a judicial clerkship; and to orient our graduating clerks to the expectations and working environment of judicial clerks.

We also welcome alumni involvement as mentors to students who are in the process of applying and interviewing for judicial clerkships and as informal consultants to the Career Services office and the judicial clerkship co-advisors about hiring opportunities with judges.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Phyllis Brewer (pbrewer@utk.edu) or Carolyn Karstrom (ckarstrom@utk.edu) in the Admissions Office at 865-974-4131.


Legal Clinic

The College of Law’s Legal Clinic is seeking alumni who would be willing to assist our students and community in several areas. The Clinic Advisory Committee serves to assist the clinic in developing and refining our many programs. The clinic would like to hear from alumni who are willing to be nominated to serve in this capacity.

The clinic also seeks alumni who would serve on a list of experts in our practice areas for consultation when needed, including criminal defense, juvenile defense, housing law, public benefits, business (all aspects, for and not-for profit), wills and trusts, special needs trusts, post-conviction defense, immigration and asylum, and more.

Alumni are also needed to serve as mentors to our clinic students in several areas, such as law practice management and for students seeking pro bono, low bono, and public interest work.

Please contact Valorie Vojdik, Director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law, at 865-974-9206 or vvojdik@utk.edu for more information on volunteer opportunities with the clinic.


Mentoring

The American Bar Association has recognized that an introduction to the ideals of professionalism should be a part of the law school experience. Part of this preparation can and should involve the creation of interpersonal experiences and environments permitting law students to communicate about, and reflect upon, the necessary legal, social, and interpersonal skills to acquire and maintain the ideals of the profession.

The College of Law’s Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to establish a mentoring relationship with a professional who can help the students identify and fulfill professional goals while fostering the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. Through these interactions, attorney participants can serve the profession and the community while gaining new perspectives and insights into issues related to civility, ethics, and professionalism.

If you would be willing to communicate with a law student, or students, two to three times per semester—whether in person, over the telephone, via video conference or email—to engage in conversations about the role of attorneys and what the life of an attorney looks like on a day to day basis, the Mentoring Program may be for you.

Please contact Brad Morgan, Coordinator of the Mentoring Program, at 865-974-2492 or rmorgan2@utk.edu for more information and to find out how to get involved.


UT Pro Bono

There are several ways to get involved with the UT Pro Bono program. If you or or your organization would like to support UT Pro Bono in any of the following ways, please contact Brad Morgan, Access to Justice Coordinator, at 865-974-2492 or rmorgan2@utk.edu for more information and to find out how to get involved.

  1. UT Pro Bono is a student run organization with students actively engaged in the work. The students have accomplished, and continue to pursue, many noble goals through UT Pro Bono. In order to provide true legal assistance, however, licensed attorneys are required to provide legal advice and oversight of the UT Pro Bono projects. If you or your organization would be interested in providing attorney support for a pro bono project, please contact Brad Morgan.
  2. UT Pro Bono is constantly searching for new projects to reach traditionally underserved groups in need. If you or your organization are involved in, or are aware of, a particular need in the community of a legal nature that could benefit from the assistance of UT Pro Bono, please contact Brad Morgan.
  3. As a volunteer organization comprised of students, UT Pro Bono is involved in fundraising in order to support its mission and goals. Examples of fundraising include charity auctions, pledge drives, and the annual fall pro bono carnival. The funds raised through these activities go directly to support the efforts of UT Pro Bono and have been used recently to fund trips to Fort Campbell to serve the Legal Assistance Center operated by the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, as well as to Memphis, Tennessee to assist the Community Legal Center in preparing materials to assist victims of domestic violence. If you or your organization would be interested in providing support for a pro bono project, please contact Brad Morgan.

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