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Memphis Lawyer Shepherd Tate Receives Award for Outstanding Legal Service
Award presented during Tennessee Bar Association annual convention
KNOXVILLE, June 17, 2005 — Memphis lawyer S. Shepherd Tate received the William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award today during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention in Knoxville.
The Leech Award is presented each year to a Tennessee lawyer who has given outstanding service to the legal profession, the legal system and the local community. It is awarded by the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division, a nonprofit organization formed to support the development of young attorneys in the state. The award winner is chosen by the Fellows board.
Tate is a member in the Memphis law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC where he practices in the areas of trusts, estate, business and corporate law.
Tate served as president of the TBA from 1963-1964 and as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) from 1978-1979. He has held a seat in the ABA House of Delegates since 1968. On the local level, he held the position of president of the Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association from 1959-1960. His community service includes sitting on the Rhodes College Board of Trustees, serving as president of the college’s alumni association, holding the position of president of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America and serving as president of the Memphis Rotary Club.
The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 11,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA’s dedication to serving the state’s legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.