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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Sep 24, 2018
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank W. Drowota III and Memphis attorney Amber Floyd were announced as the winners of the 2018 Janice M. Holder Award at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’s Equal Justice University. Former Justice Holder, the award's namesake, was on hand to present the honors, which go to attorneys who have advanced the quality of justice statewide by ensuring that the legal system is open and available to all. “Frank was all about access to justice before we ever began describing our efforts in those terms,” she said of Drowota. "He promoted pro bono before it was cool and he supported legal aid organizations when it was not popular to do so.” Floyd, a young lawyer with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP, was honored for work spearheading a series of expungement clinics across the state which have served thousands. “It is fitting that someone whose pro bono service is the heart of her work as a lawyer should share this award with a pioneer for whom such service was a ministry.” Holder said.