NJC Recognizes Tennessee Lawyers, Judges

NASHVILLE, March 31, 2014 -- The National Judicial College presented “Advancement of Justice Awards” to the Tennessee Supreme Court, the court’s Access to Justice Commission, the Frist Foundation, Senior Judge Don R. Ash and UT Law Professor Penny White during an event Monday in Nashville. The awards were presented following the “Access to Justice: Tearing Down the Barriers” program hosted by Baker Donelson.

The Tennessee Supreme Court and the ATJ Commission were recognized for their roles in advancing the mission of improving access to the courts through a number of innovative programs and initiatives over the past five years. Justices Connie Clark and Janice Holder accepted the awards on behalf of the court and commission. The commission's chair, George T. “Buck” Lewis, also was on hand to speak about the commission's work.

The Frist Foundation was recognized for its support of significant access to justice initiatives including, most recently, a grant to support a comprehensive, statewide study of the legal needs of low-income and homeless Tennesseans. Peter Bird, president and CEO of the Frist Foundation, accepted the award.

Ash and White were recognized for their contributions to judicial education, especially as related to developing curriculum designed to educate members of the judiciary about key access to justice issues such as self-represented litigants.

NJC Board of Trustees Chair Mark Tratos introduced the awards, which were presented by NJC President Chad Schmucker. The Advancement of Justice Award is presented to a distinguished person or entity that has demonstrated dedication to improving justice in the judiciary. Photos by Liz Todaro.

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Justices Janice Holder and Connie Clark were among panelists at the Access to Justice: Tearing Down the Barriers. Also taking part were (from left) Tennessee Senior Judge Don Ash, National Judicial College President Chad Schmucker and UT Law Professor Penny White.

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Frist Foundation President and CEO Peter Bird (left) acepts an award from NJC President Chad Schmucker.

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Justices Janice Holder and Connie Clark accept an award from NJC President Chad Schmucker.

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Tennessee Senior Judge Don Ash (left) accepts his award from NJC President Chad Schmucker. Ash is the NJC Faculty Council chair-elect. He is an alumnus of The National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 2001.

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UT Law Professor Penny White, Director of the Center for Advocacy and the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, has served on the faculty of NJC since 1993. White is a past chair of the NJC Faculty Council.

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Dewey Branstetter (left) with TBA Vice President and Nashville attorney Bill Harbison.

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Former TBA President and Chattanooga attorney Marcy Eason (left) with Judge Richard Dinkins of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

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Former TBA President and Nashville attorney John Tarpley (from left) with Russell Carparelli of the American Judicature Society, Justice Janice Holder and program moderator Matt Sweeney, who is a member of the NJC Board of Trustees.

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

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The full panel at the "Tearing Down the Barriers" program.

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Nashville attorneys Darkenya Waller (left) and Russell Perkins.

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Former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell (left) with Judge Dan Eisenstein.

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Panelists Colin Calhoun (left) and Tennessee Senior Judge Don Ash.

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Panelists Heather Cohen (left) and Martha Lafferty of Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark (left) and ATJ Commission Chair Buck Lewis.

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TBA Access to Justice Committee member Carrie McCutcheon (left) and Committee Chair Alex MacKay.

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Tennessee Bar Foundation Executive Director Barri Bernstein (left) with Judge Dan Eisenstein.

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Matt Sweeney (left) with Don Williamson.

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Nashville attorneys Susan (left) and Martha Lafferty.

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TBA President-elect Jonathan Steen (left) with Scott Carey, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Nashville office.

 

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