What is the HLI?

The Holistic Legal Incubator (HLI) provides training and supervision for attorneys interested in both criminal and civil law, and for social workers interested in forensic practice. 


The mission of the HLI is to develop practitioners who are motivated to learn how to engage in client-centered, holistic practice and who intend to offer meaningful and dignified assistance to clients through inter-professional collaboration to ensure the best possible legal and life outcomes. 


The goal is to work toward addressing the “whole client” through a wraparound approach that offers criminal and civil legal services along with social service assistance.


Lawyers participating in the program are committed to developing client-centered, holistic practices that are accessible, socially conscious, and affordable. 


The program provides training, resources, and support to participants in that effort, including monthly lectures from senior members of the bar and mentorship opportunities with local bar members.


In collaboration with the University of Tennessee College of Social Work, the HLI offers field placement opportunities to master’s level social work students.

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