TBA Press Releases

Free Legal Assistance Helped More than 1,000

Collaboration among lawyers resulted in 40-plus events across the state

NASHVILLE, Nov. 4, 2011 — Tennessee lawyers helped 1,109 state residents by providing free legal advice throughout the month of October as part of the Tennessee Bar Association's Celebrate Pro Bono initiative.

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Sumner Co. Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of Year

Tony Janco honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2009 -- Tony Janco of Gallatin has been named the 2009 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Each year, the YLD selects a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer from nominations made by Tennessee's local CASA agencies. The award recognizes a court appointed special advocate who goes the extra mile in his or her work with a CASA program in the state.

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Nashville Lawyer Named Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Attorney of the Year

Award presented to Charles Grant at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2009 — Nashville attorney Charles K. Grant, a shareholder with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, was honored today with the state’s top award for pro bono work at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual public service luncheon. Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon at the state capitol featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

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Nashville Lawyer Named Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year

Award presented to family of Ross Alderman at capitol ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 17, 2009 — Ross Alderman was honored as the state’s top public service attorney by the Tennessee Bar Association at its annual public service luncheon today at the state capitol. Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon featured award winners in several categories as well as a keynote address by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Janice Holder.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2009 Leadership Law Class

35 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Nov. 20, 2008 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is pleased to announce that 35 attorneys have been selected for the TBA Leadership Law program.

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Nashville and Memphis Corporations Recognized for Legal Assistance Programs

Baker Donelson, Caterpillar Financial and International Paper receive awards at annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Gala

NASHVILLE, May 29, 2008 — At a dinner and gala last Thursday night in Nashville, the Tennessee Bar Association presented its inaugural 2008 Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Award to two companies – Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and International Paper – whose legal departments have shown extraordinary commitment to providing legal services at no cost to those in need. The TBA also presented its inaugural 2008 Law Firm Pro Bono Award to the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz for its work on a specific pro bono project and its overall commitment to encouraging pro bono work among its attorneys.

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TBA Announces 2008 Law Day Contest Winners

Annual contest challenges students to explore concept of 'rule of law'

NASHVILLE, May 29, 2008 -- Justin Carrasco, a fifth-grade student at Cedar Bluff Elementary of Knoxville, has won first place in a Law Day Art Contest sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. It was his second year to take the top award. In the TBA's essay contest, Monte Cole Flowers, a senior at Memphis Catholic High School, won first place.

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Schools From Across the State to Compete at State Mock Trial Competition

Two-day event to be held in Nashville

NASHVILLE, March 12, 2008 -- High school teams from across Tennessee will put their legal skills to the test during the Tennessee Bar Association's annual competition in Nashville this weekend, March 14-15. This year's competition is being held at the newly renovated, historic Davidson County Civil Courthouse downtown. To reach the state competition, the 16 teams had to win district competitions by playing the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case developed by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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Greene Co. Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

Don Merzlak honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Feb. 5, 2008 -- Don Merzlak of Mosheim has been named the 2008 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

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Kingsport Child Advocate Named CASA Volunteer of the Year

Toni New honored for work on behalf of Tennessee children

NASHVILLE, Jan. 23, 2007 — Toni New of Kingsport has been named the 2007 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She was recognized for her work with CASA for Kids Inc. in Sullivan and Hawkins counties, and her long-standing commitment to the mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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