The following awards will be presented at the 2021 TBA Convention in Memphis. For more information on each award recipient click on the link in each story.
Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award
Chief District Judge Pamela L. Reeves will be honored posthumously with the TBA's prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award. Her family will accept the award in her honor during the Lawyers Luncheon at the TBA Convention on June 18. Named in honor of former Tennessee Chief Justice Frank Drowota, the award is the TBA’s highest honor for service to the judiciary and has been given annually for more than a decade.
Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing
Nashville lawyer Todd Pinckley will be presented with the prestigious Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing during the TBA's Annual Convention. The award was established nearly 40 years ago and is given each year to the lawyer “who writes the most outstanding article that is published in the ... Tennessee Bar Journal for the preceding year." This year’s winning article is “The Right to Remain Silent: Law Enforcement and the Duty to Intervene,” which was published in the November/December 2020 issue. The award will be presented at the annual Lawyers Lunch.
Judge Pamela L. Reeves Tennessee Professionalism Award
Major General Albert Harvey will be honored with the Judge Pamela L. Reeves Tennessee Professionalism Award from the TBA and Tennessee’s American Inns of Court. The award was recently renamed in honor of the late Judge Reeves, who was also the first recipient of the award in 2020. Harvey will be recognized during the Lawyers Luncheon, which will be held June 18 in Memphis. Harvey was chosen for his decades of leadership and service to the legal profession. He is a past president of both the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations and is the immediate past chair of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyers Division. Prior to his legal career, Harvey was active duty in the U.S. Marines. He recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of major general. He is respected by his peers at the local, state and national levels and unquestionably displays the character and integrity required for this award.
Claudia Jack Award
The award will be presented at the Lawyers Luncheon on June 18. More information coming soon.
Fourth Estate Award
The TBA will honor Marc Perrusquia with its Fourth Estate Award for his reporting on complaints of excessive use of force by the Memphis Police Department. The award will be presented June 18 during the TBA’s Annual Convention in Memphis. A long-time reporter at the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Perrusquia is currently the director of the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis. His reporting on this issue in the Daily Memphian resulted in policy changes at the MPD and greater transparency in its reporting on complaints of excessive use of force.
YLD Fellows William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award
Memphis attorneys AC and Ruby Wharton will be honored with the presentation of the TBA YLD Fellows William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award. “AC and Ruby Wharton are the embodiment of excellence in service to the profession, the legal system and our community,” Fellows President and Memphis attorney Danny Van Horn says of the pair. “Each has contributed in their own way to the life of our profession, our community and the people we serve. They are the embodiment of 1+1 can equal 3.” The Leech Public Service Award will be presented during the Lawyers Luncheon on June 18.
TBA President’s Awards
Awards will be presented at the Lawyers Luncheon on June 18. More information coming soon.