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Posted by: on May 12, 2016

(From the Nashville School of Law)

The Nashville School of Law will honor two graduates, Brenda Franks Hale and Douglas S. Hale, one of its professors, Hal Hardin, and a trailblazer in the legal community, Senior Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, at its 23rd Annual Recognition Dinner.

The event, the proceeds from which provide scholarships to students attending NSL, will take place June 10 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner following at 7 p.m.

Brenda Franks Hale (NSL class of 1977) and Douglas Hale (NSL class of 1978) have been married for 42 years and have practiced real estate law together in their office on the Public Square of downtown Franklin for 38 years. The couple will receive the Distinguished Graduates Award in recognition of their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and support of the school and its students.

Hardin, a former Davidson County Circuit Court judge and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, will receive the Distinguished Faculty Award in recognition of the effectiveness of his work in the classroom. He has taught courses in criminal procedure and federal sentencing at NSL for more than a decade. Hardin, who has earned a position as one of the top attorneys in Tennessee though his decades-long practice in the areas of criminal, civil and corporate litigation, also made an impact on the state outside of the courtroom when his actions set up the ouster of then governor Ray Blanton and the resulting early swearing in of Lamar Alexander.

NSL will also honor Judge Daughtrey with its Community Service Award. Judge Daughtrey, the sixth person to receive this award, will be recognized for her unparalleled career and the opportunities she has pioneered in the legal profession for other women. She was the first female assistant U.S. attorney in Nashville, the first female assistant district attorney in Nashville, the first female member of Vanderbilt Law School’s faculty, the first woman to serve on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and the first woman to serve on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

“The story of our school is the story of our graduates and their teachers,” Dean William C. Koch Jr. said in announcing the award recipients. “Brenda and Douglas Hale personify our students’ tenacity and commitment to their community. Throughout his career, Hal Hardin has dealt courageously with important legal issues and has tirelessly shared his experience and wisdom with our students and other members of the bench and bar.”

“Judge Daughtrey has not only served as a role model but has paved the way for many of the successful women who are now leaders in the legal profession,” Dean Koch said. “We are delighted to recognize her accomplishments and to honor her with our Community Service Award.”

Tickets to the June 10 event can be obtained by contacting Beth McDonald, 615-780-2241.


About Nashville School of Law

Founded in 1911, the Nashville School of Law is a non-profit, independent institution offering a four-year, part-time program of legal education for working men and women. Classes are held exclusively at night. The faculty consists of practicing attorneys and judges. The school is located at 4013 Armory Oaks Drive in Nashville. More information can be found at NSL.law.