Dixon Takes Office; Lawyers Honored at Luncheon

Lawyers Luncheon Highlight of 131st Annual TBA Convention

Nashville lawyer Jacqueline B. Dixon took office as the Tennessee Bar Association's 130th president at the association's annual convention in Memphis today. After being sworn into office by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark (above), Dixon laid out her vision for the year, which will include a focus on civics education, civility in the profession, pro bono efforts and working to preserve an impartial judiciary. "I love our profession and I love being a lawyer," she said, adding that when she started practicing she didn't have to worry about school debt and finding a job like recent graduates do. She introduced a mentoring initiative that will coordinate with programs already available and encouraged lawyers to consider reaching out to a new lawyer. She also said she would work to help improve the image of lawyers "by making us visible. It will take all of us to change how people see us."

TBA Annual Convention 2012

TBA Annual Convention 2012



TBA Annual Convention 2012

The TBA Young Lawyers Fellows' William M. Leech Public Service Award was given posthumously to Larry Wilks, a former TBA president who died last year. The award was presented by YLD Fellows President Cindy Wyrick and was accepted by his widow, Jan Wilks.

TBA Annual Convention 2012

The Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award was given to Memphis Circuit Court Judge Robert L. Childers for his work with the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program (TLAP), and his leadership with lawyers' assistance programs nationally.

TBA Annual Convention 2012

The Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing was given to two writers this year, Nashville lawyer Andrée S. Blumstein (above) and Knoxville lawyer Scott Griswold (below).

TBA Annual Convention 2012

• A President's Award was presented to Knoxville lawyer Deborah Stevens (below) for her work with the Task Force on Women in the Profession

TBA Convention 2012

• A President's Award was presented to TBA staff member Lynn Pointer (below) for her work in implementing the TBA's first Diversity Job Fair last fall. A President's Award was also presented to Nashville lawyer B. Riney Green for his work as chair of the Tennessee Business Corporation Act Revision Committee. He was unable to attend the ceremonies.

TBA Convention 2012

• Winner of the Middle School division of TBA's YouTube Video Contest was Ben Panak (below) of Murfreesboro.

TBA Convention 2012

• Winner of the high school division of TBA's YouTube Video Contest was Vivian Hughbanks (below) of Signal Mountain.

TBA Convention 2012