Graduate selected to serve public interest law fellowship

College of Law alumna Tomi Robb has been selected as one of 77 law school graduates from throughout the nation to serve as an Equal Justice Works fellow.

Each year, the Washington, D.C.-based Equal Justice Works selects a class of public interest lawyers who have designed one-of-a-kind projects in partnership with legal services organizations. These projects are funded by law firms, corporations, private foundations and individual supporters.

Robb, a May 2021 graduate who is hosted by Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and sponsored by International Paper, plans to address intergenerational poverty across Tennessee. Her two-year project will provide coordinated wraparound legal intervention and social services to low-income families.

Robb’s aim is to address the interconnected problems of legal issues, economic stability and intergenerational poverty by coordinating a “2Gen” legal services model that provides services to all 95 counties in Tennessee.

“Tomi’s commitment to expanding legal resources and support for low-income families in Tennessee is truly inspiring,” said Kristen Uhler-McKeown, vice president of fellowships at Equal Justice Works. “We are grateful for her service and look forward to celebrating the impact of her work as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.”

Robb was one of 466 applicants for the fellowship. Over the past three decades, Equal Justice Works has awarded more than 2,000 fellowships to lawyers who are committed to ensuring equal access to justice for underserved communities. On average, 85% of Equal Justice Works fellows remain in public service positions.