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Scenes from the 3rd Annual Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Event
Pro Bono Gala recognizes firm, legal department

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Hardison Law Firm of Memphis and the FedEx Legal Department were honored June 16 in Memphis during the annual TBA Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Initiative Gala. The firms were honored for best exemplifying extraordinary commitment to access to justice ideals, pro bono service and the Corporate Counsel Covenant of Service this past year.


Justice Sharon Lee and TBA President Buck Lewis join members of the Hardison Law Firm of Memphis, which was recognized for its longstanding commitment to pro bono work, including participation in the Memphis Bar Association's Attorney of the Day Program and free Saturday legal clinics, the Memphis Advance Directive Initiative, and disaster legal assistance clinics. The firm was also one of the first in Memphis to adopt a formal pro bono policy.


Justice Sharon Lee and TBA President Buck Lewis join members of the FedEx Legal Department, which was recognized for its partnership with Memphis Area Legal Services. Department lawyers donated more than $52,000 to MALS, sponsored 10 CLE programs to provide free training to volunteer and staff attorneys, and made its attorneys available to serve on various boards and committees. Department attorneys also participated in the Federal Court Pro Bono Panel, and the Memphis Bar Association's Attorney of the Day Program and free Saturday legal clinics.
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee, (left) was keynote speaker at the event, motivating attendees to give back to their communities. Also addressing attendees was International Paper General Counsel Maura A. Smith (right) and Bill Young (far right) of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Tennessee, who talked about the Tennessee Supreme Court’s new Access to Justice Commission.



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