Expungement Clinic Provides Early Clinic Opportunity

February 27, 2017 2:15 pm
Since Fall 2015, Joy Radice has directed our one-credit Expungement Clinic, offered to enable more students to experience live-client opportunities in advance of being eligible to appear in court.

Domestic Violence Clinic Forges New Partnership

February 27, 2017 2:15 pm
For several years, students in our Domestic Violence Clinic, under the guidance of adjunct clinic faculty member and former family court judge Jo Ann Lehberger, have represented individuals who have filed pro se petitions seeking orders of protection. This fall, Professor Lehberger forged a partnership with the area’s Family Justice Center.

Clients Awarded Clemency as Clinic Closes

February 27, 2017 2:13 pm
Our Federal Clemency Clinic, established two years ago by Professors Wendy Bach and Joy Radice, officially ended its work on January 20th. The clinic was established in response to the Obama administration’s interest in identifying non-violent drug offenders who might merit commutation. The Federal Clemency Clinic at UT submitted fourteen petitions to the Office of the Pardon Attorney.

Clinic Administrator Works to Combat Sexual Assault on Campus

February 27, 2017 2:12 pm
In 2015, after receiving a Department of Justice Grant to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus, the Center for Health Education and Wellness at the University of Tennessee created a Coordinated Community Response Team. Lisa Holden is a member of the team, representing the Legal Clinic.

Rivkin Continues Leadership on Juvenile Justice Issues

February 27, 2017 2:12 pm
Former Clinic Director and UT Professor Dean Rivkin has been serving as on Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Realignment Taskforce. The taskforce began meeting in August of 2016 and was tasked with studying new approaches to the administration of juvenile justice. The taskforce met over several months and recently delivered a report to the legislature.

New Upper-Level Experiential Course Offerings

February 27, 2017 2:10 pm
Former Clinic Director Val Vojdik has been hard at work bringing her experiential teaching knowledge to bear outside the clinic. Last summer she received a UT Teaching Impact Grant to redesign her Civil Rights Actions Course to focus on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Bach Launches Studies of Tennessee’s Fetal Assault Prosecutions

February 27, 2017 2:08 pm
In the fall of 2016, in response to a request from some Tennessee advocates, Wendy Bach began looking into a series of prosecutions against women in Tennessee for what was, at the time, the only law in the nation explicitly criminalizing in-utero opiate transmission as an assault against the fetus.

Wills Clinic Expands Services

February 27, 2017 1:38 pm
Although our estate planning clinic is called the Wills Clinic, students in the clinic provide do much more than draft wills. Each semester, the students represent about eighty clients on issues ranging from drafting basic wills to drafting wills with minor’s trusts and special needs trusts.

Trademarking a Makerspace

February 27, 2017 1:36 pm
Our Trademarks Clinic has been busy this year representing organizations like Knox Makers, a non-profit makerspace described as “community centers with tools.” Knox Makers combines woodworking, metalworking, electronics, and crafting equipment for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype, and create works that would not be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.

Appellate Litigation Clinic Litigates ACCA Issue in Light of Johnson

February 27, 2017 1:10 pm
Two students in the Appellate Litigation Clinic, Christine Ball-Blakely and Andrew Fels, experienced an exciting victory over winter break. Under the supervision of Professor Lucy Jewel, Ball-Blakely and Fels were representing a client who, following burglary convictions, received a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA).