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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 14, 2018

What is the Public Service Academy?

The TBA Public Service Academy is a training fellowship to provide attorneys with the tools to run for local political office. It takes place over the course of two weekends in the fall, during which fellows will hear speakers discuss topics like strategy, campaign finance, work-life balance and more. In 2018, the TBA launched the program and trained its inaugural class.

Why is it necessary?

Lawyers are decreasingly represented in elected positions in Tennessee, and resources are not readily available for those who are interested in seeking public office – especially the kind of resources that explain an ever-changing political environment. The TBA PSA aims to provide encouragement to lawyers who want to lead but don’t know where to start, as well as de-mystify the intimidating political process.

Who are we looking for?

In 2018, the program trained 29 individuals as a part of its first class, and seeks to once again train 25-30 individuals in 2019. Attorneys of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply, but we are looking for individuals who wish to seek a public office, not a judicial one. The class will be selected to include a balance of political ideologies.

How can I apply?

The application period will take place from July 9 - August 7. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15. Apply here:



Do I have to be a TBA member to apply?

You do not have to be a member to submit your application, but if selected for the program, you will be asked to become a member.

When are the dates?

Public Service Academy sessions will take place Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 15-16 in Nashville. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

How can I find out more?

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For more information, contact:

Katharine Heriges
Communications Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Ave North, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615) 383-7421