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In the news: Sherley Cruz

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In the news: Sherley Cruz
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Former Boston resident Sherley Cruz has been selected to join the University of Tennessee College of Law’s Legal Clinic. Cruz began work with the college this semester and will lead students in the Advocacy Clinic. She is a past practitioner-in-residence with American University’s Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic where she supervised law students on economic justice cases such as wage theft, debt claims, and related housing matters.

She also served as the director of litigation and education and as a clinical fellow at Suffolk University Law School. There she supervised law students handling housing discrimination cases and conducted community legal education regarding fair housing duties and responsibilities. Her scholarship explores the intersections of access to justice, low-wage workers’ rights, and cross-cultural competency. Prior to her academic career, Cruz practiced employment law as a staff attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services. She earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and was born in the Dominican Republic.

Cruz is the college of Law’s first Latino faculty hire.

The University of Tennessee 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.

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