Valeria Gomez

Legal Clinic hosting Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps fellow

The University of Tennessee College of Law’s Legal Clinic is currently partnering with the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Program to host Valeria Gomez as a legal fellow.

As the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Gomez assists UT student attorneys in the college’s Immigration Clinic as they represent unaccompanied immigrant children who have migrated to the state, often hoping to escape violence in their home countries, domestic violence, abuse, or neglect.

An alumna of UT Law, Gomez herself is a child of immigrants who arrived in the United States more than thirty years ago from Mexico. During her law school career, she was a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic and interned at the Community Legal Center’s Immigrant Justice Program in Memphis. After graduation, she worked at the law firm of Butler Snow.

“We are very fortunate to have Valeria as a fellow and clinical lecturer,” said Karla McKanders, a UT Law professor and the director of the Immigration Clinic. “Her hiring demonstrates the clinic’s desire to have our students work with skilled alumni who are dedicated to providing representation for those who cannot afford counsel.”