Pro Bono News

Black-Pierce Award Recognizes Law Student’s Pro Bono, Public Interest Work

Carl Pierce, left, looks on as Jerry Black presents the Black-Pierce Award to Brooke Burke.

Law Professors Jerry Black and Carl Pierce retired this summer and, in their honor, an award was established to recognize a third-year law student who is active in pro bono and public interest work and intent on pursuing a career in the field. The 2014 award was presented to recent graduate Brooke Boyd.

UT’s Brittany Thomas is State Bar’s Law Student Volunteer of the Year

Third-year law student Brittany Thomas is busy planning for spring break. But she won’t be hitting the beach. Rather, she’ll be overseeing projects around the state to help women immigrants renew their visas and help soldiers write their wills. For years of efforts like these, Thomas has been named Law Student Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association.