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Posted by: Elizabeth Todaro on Oct 29, 2015

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Members of the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Commission honored the pro bono work of attorneys, law students and law firms in a ceremony at Belmont College of Law yesterday. Justices Connie Clark and Jeffrey Bivins presented certificates to honorees following welcomes from ATJ Commissioner David Esquivel and Belmont School of Law Dean Alberto Gonzales.

This was the second year for the event and over 40 attorneys and law students were honored for providing 50 or more hours of their time over the last year to Tennesseans in need of free legal assistance. Nashville law firm Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC also was recognized for averaging more than 50 hours of pro bono per year per attorney. Representatives from the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization and the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility were honored for their organizations’ commitment to pro bono.

The recognition program was announced in 2013, as part of a recommendation by the court’s Access to Justice Commission, which is tasked with making such recommendations to the Supreme Court of projects and programs necessary for enhancing access to justice.

The court’s recognition carries with it a designation of “Attorney for Justice” or “Law Student for Justice,” which recipients may use on their web sites or in marketing materials. Honorees also are included in an Honor Roll published on the court’s website. The program is entirely voluntary and based on self-reporting to the Board of Professional Responsibility. Learn more about the recognition program and upcoming ceremonies on the AOC website. (TBA photos by Liz Todaro.)

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event

Pro Bono Recognition Event