College offers loan repayment assistance

Recent graduates working in public interest law once again have the opportunity to receive assistance repaying their student debt through a program being offered by the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Four graduates each received $4,000 in 2018 through the Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, PC Loan Repayment Assistance Program.

“Through this program, we have the privilege of recognizing UT Law graduates who are doing amazing work, focusing their attention on the underserved, and representing the University of Tennessee College of Law in excellent ways,” Dean Melanie Wilson said. “We are so grateful to Baker, Donelson, our partner in this effort, for providing the financial support for these deserving graduates.”

Qualified applicants employed in legal positions that benefit non-profit organizations, or local, state or federal government entities may receive up to $10,000 through the program. 

The 2018 recipients included Ashley Adams, a staff attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative; Juan Gutierrez, a staff immigration attorney in New York with the Bronx Defenders’ New York Immigrant Family Unity Project; Maria Hunter, a staff attorney with the Municipal Court of Atlanta; and Willie Santana, a staff attorney in the Knox County District Attorney’s office.

Applicants must meet a number of criteria in order to qualify for assistance. Those whose employment involves legal representation of financially challenged and historically under-represented clients are encouraged to apply.

The application due date is March 15, 2019.