UT Pro Bono is a community service organization with significant student leadership and staff direction at the University of Tennessee College of Law. The program strives to connect law students with area attorneys representing indigent clients. Working in cooperation with attorneys and local legal aid societies, UT Pro Bono serves as a resource by providing law students for research, educational, and investigatory assistance.
The University of Tennessee College of Law has always been a leader in the area of public interest and pro bono work through its clinics, doctrinal curricula, and student organizations. Since its formation in the mid-1990s, the student organization “UT Pro Bono” has grown and evolved to meet the needs of the community and student body. During the past two years UT Pro Bono has experienced incredible growth in terms of the number of student participants, the number of external partners, the number of projects actively working to meet gaps in the legal system, and the faculty and administrative support of the program.
In 2011 UT Pro Bono set a goal to involve fifty percent of the student body by 2015 and to donate at least 2,000 hours of pro bono service per year. UT Pro Bono is well on its way to meeting that goal. During the 2013-2014 academic year, approximately thirty-nine percent of the student body participated in pro bono, donating just over 6,200 hours of pro bono service. In order to continue and sustain this growth UT Pro Bono is regularly seeking community assistance and support in three primary ways.
UT Pro Bono operates the following service projects:
|Animal Law Project||Homeless Project|
|Immigrant Assistance Project||Saturday Bar|
|Street Law||VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance|
|VITA International||Vols for Vets|
|Voters Rights Restoration Project (VRRP)||Alternative Spring Break|
Access to Justice Coordinator
The University of Tennessee
College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810