Law students working in the Domestic Violence Clinic represent actual clients in contested hearings and trials in Knox County’s Fourth Circuit Court. Students represent victims of domestic violence in gaining and enforcing orders of protection and in related matters.
In addition to appearing in court, students meet weekly as a firm with their faculty supervisor, Jo Ann Lehberger, who served as a family court judge for thirteen years and worked as a family law attorney for more than twenty years.
In order to participate in the Domestic Violence Clinic, students must have taken Legal Profession or be currently enrolled. The three-credit, one-semester course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Partnership with College of Social Work
The Domestic Violence Clinic is able to partnership with the UT College of Social Work as a result of a generous gift from Lee Ann Tolsma and John T. Tolsma. The College of Social Work places an intern from the Master of Science in Social Work program in the Domestic Violence Clinic. Through this partnership, the Domestic Violence Clinic and the College of Social Work collaborate in order to address the multiple needs of clients who are domestic violence victims.