Young Lawyers Recognized with Awards

At a dinner and awards ceremony on the last night of the TBA Convention, outgoing YLD President David Veile recognized several young lawyers with awards for their service to the organization, the profession and the community. Those honored included Shauna Billingsley of Franklin, Ian Hennessey of Knoxville, Brad Carter of Clarksville, Troy Weston of Knoxville, Will Holloway of Franklin, Adam Moore of Knoxville, Stacie Winkler of Memphis, Joe Fanduzz of Knoxville and Nathan Shelby of Jackson. Read more about their awards.

Shauna Billingsley, city attorney for Franklin, received the President’s Award for tireless dedication to the improvement of the legal profession and to the TBA YLD. She was recognized for her public outreach activities during the year, which included collecting stuffed animals for police to use when they encounter children in frightening situations, presenting a Civics & Law Academy to an area Boys and Girls Club, coordinating the local Law Day art and essay contest, coordinating the local high school mock trial competition and chairing the Children’s Subcommittee of the TBA’s Public Education Committee. She also served the state’s legal profession through a variety of activities. Billingsley was elected to the TBA House of Delegates this year and will serve two years as the representative from Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties. She also was elected treasurer of the Williamson County Bar Association and was instrumental in creating a Young Lawyers Division of the group.

Knoxville lawyer Ian Hennessey, an attorney with London & Amburn, received the Public Service Day Project of the Year Award for organizing the “May You Serve” initiative – a series of volunteer projects held throughout the Knoxville area in May. Attorneys helped run bingo, horseshoes and other games for men suffering from mental illness; helped residents of a transitional housing program with job searches and mock interviews; and helped children in an after-school program with homework and reading.

The President’s Special Recognition Awards went to Clarksville lawyer Brad Carter and Knoxville lawyer Troy Weston. Carter was honored for five years of service to the YLD and two years of service as chair of the Wills for Heroes Committee. Under Carter’s leadership, more than 300 lawyers have volunteered to prepare free wills and other end of life planning documents for 750 first responders in the state. Weston was honored for four years of service to the YLD and two years as chair of the Mock Trial Committee. He also was named a “Star of the Quarter” for his work on this year’s competition.

Other lawyers named “Stars of the Quarter” were Franklin lawyer Will Holloway for his work as vice chair of the Mock Trial Committee; Knoxville lawyer Adam Moore for his consistent production of E-DICT; Memphis lawyer Stacie Winkler for her service as chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and leading efforts to update the YLD’s Long Range Plan; and Knoxville lawyer Joe Fanduzz and Jackson lawyer Nathan Shelby for leading the Membership & Law School Outreach Committee, organizing this year’s Judicial Internship Program and serving on the TBA Mentoring Task Force, which developed a new mentoring program to help new lawyers.