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Public Service Awards Luncheon 2013
Former Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Tate told the crowd at the Tennessee Bar Association's Public Service Luncheon in Nashville to keep their work in perspective. "Your family is more important than any case you try," she said, "or even your nonprofit work." Tate was the keynote speaker at the Saturday event held at the Hermitage Hotel where awards were given to the Law Student Volunteer of the Year, the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year and the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year. Tate gave the advice to the room full of "double-A personalities, success-driven attorneys," asking each to consider what people will say about them once they die: "That we worked all the time? Or will someone say your presence on this earth made a difference?"
Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteers of the Year John Farringer, Phil Cramer, Bill Harbison and Elliott Ozment join Harris Gilbert and Jackie Dixon.
Harris Gilbert addressing the luncheon.
Jean Crowe was honored as Public Service Attorney of the Year. Joining her are Jackie Dixon, Jeff Levy and Ashley Wiltshire.
Jean Crowe with Ashley Wiltshire.
Chris Martin with Chris Zawisza.
Chris Martin, here with Jackie Dixon, was honored for his volunteer service as a student at the University of Memphis School of Law
Firms who have adopted pro bono policies were honored at the luncheon.
Access to Justice Committee Chair Alex MacKay addressing the audience.