TBA Press Releases

TBA Pro Bono Campaign Wins Third Award

Second nationwide honor recognizes impact of initiative

NASHVILLE, Feb. 23, 2010 — The Tennessee Bar Association's yearlong Justice 4ALL initiative has received an "Associations Advance America" (AAA) award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Center for Association Leadership — just one of 24 programs selected nationwide for the honor. It is the second national award for the program and the third overall.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2010 Leadership Law Class

32 lawyers from across state start 6-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Jan. 21, 2010 — The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is pleased to announce that 32 attorneys have been selected for its 2010 Leadership Law program. Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. This year's class was chosen from across the state.

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Nashville Attorney Named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Award to be presented to Michael Abelow at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 15, 2010 — Nashville attorney Michael G. Abelow with Sherrard & Roe will be honored with the state's top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's annual public service luncheon this Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon features award winners in several categories and a keynote address by former ABA President Robert Grey.

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Nashville Attorney Named Public Service Attorney of the Year

Migrant workers' advocate to be honored at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 15, 2010 — Nashville lawyer Douglas L. Stevick will be honored as the state's top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at its annual public service luncheon this Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon features award winners in several categories and a keynote address by former ABA President Robert Grey.

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Memphis Law Student Named Student Volunteer of the Year

Award to be presented to Diana Comes at luncheon ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 15, 2010 — Diana Comes, a student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, will be honored with the state's top award for law student pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association's annual public service luncheon this Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the luncheon features award winners in several categories and a keynote address by former ABA President Robert Grey.

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Northeast Tennessee Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

All nominees honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Jan. 15, 2010 — Daniel Rowland of Johnson City has been named the 2010 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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TBA Launches 'Tacky for Teens' Campaign

Initiative asks legislators to show support for youth courts during special session

NASHVILLE, Jan. 12, 2010 — As the Tennessee General Assembly gathers this week for a special session on education reform, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is offering legislators an opportunity to have a little fun and raise money for an important youth program in the state.

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TBA Programs Nominated for National Award

Two initiatives in 2009 provided needed legal services for Tennessee's poor

NASHVILLE, Dec. 10, 2009. Two Tennessee Bar Association community service programs have been nominated for the American Society of Association Executive's "Associations Advance America Awards." The programs - Justice 4 All and Tennessee Celebrates Pro Bono - were major initiatives undertaken during the year to enhance volunteer legal services by lawyers across the state.

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TBA Announces Statewide, Month-Long Pro Bono Push

Tennessee lawyers to offer free legal services at events throughout October

NASHVILLE, Sept. 30, 2009. Tennessee attorneys will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer at events throughout the month of October. The effort is part of Celebrate Pro Bono Month. Activities will include legal clinics, training for attorneys who handle pro bono work, and events celebrating milestones in Tennessee’s legal aid history. More than 30 events will take place across the state.

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Nashville Lawyer Takes Office as TBA President

Will focus on access to justice, civics education, diversity, green initiatives

NASHVILLE, June 29, 2009 — Nashville lawyer Gail Vaughn Ashworth recently took office as the Tennessee Bar Association’s 127th president, pledging to continue helping those in need obtain access to justice and working to improve diversity in the profession. Ashworth, a Vanderbilt University Law School graduate and founding partner of Gideon & Wiseman PLLC in Nashville, received the oath of office from Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder on June 19 during the TBA’s annual convention in Memphis.

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