TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Feb 17, 2012

The Napier-Looby Bar Foundation Thursday night recognized community leaders, law firms and lawyers during its 8th Annual Barristers' Banquet. Former ABA President Dennis Archer was keynote speaker at the event.

Honored with the Justice A. A. Birch Outstanding Service Award was Robin Harris Kimbrough, who is the legal counsel for the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. Along with her professional work there, she is also pastor of Scott United Methodist Church and an active volunteer in the community. Presented the J. C. Napier Trailblazer Award was the Hon. Keta Barnes, who is currently the Smyrna Municipal/General Sessions Court judge. She is the city's first African-American elected official and the first African-American female judge elected in Rutherford County. Also recognized with a J. C. Napier Trailblazer Award was General Sessions Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton, who was the first African-American woman elected to a judgeship in Nashville.

In addition to these awards, the organization also presented the Z. Alexander Looby Lifetime Achievement Award to Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins.