UT Law students named pro bono students of the year

Students from the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Legal Clinic have been named Pro Bono Students of the Year.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee recognized the College of Law students in October at its annual awards event in Knoxville. 

In paying tribute to the students, Legal Aid of East Tennessee acknowledged that for the past two years, students “have volunteered their time at several major clinics … The students also go to a regularly scheduled expungement screening in Knox County. The amount of service these students have done for members of our community most in need in the past two years is immeasurable.”

This is the second such honor that College of Law students have received in the past several months. In June, the Tennessee Justice Center acknowledged and awarded the College of Law Legal Clinic’s pro bono work with the Pro Bono Firm of the Year award. It was the first time the honor had been given to a university group rather than to a private law firm.

Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides civil legal representation to East Tennesseans who would otherwise have no representation. 

The organization raises funds to support its mission and serves approximately 8,000 individuals annually through offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Knoxville, Johnson City, Maryville, and Morristown.

The UT College of Law Legal Clinic is a national leader in clinical education, ranking ninth in U.S. News and World Report’s top legal clinical programs among public universities and 20th among all U.S. law schools.