Justice Honored for Contributions to Access to Justice, Faith-Based Coalition
NASHVILLE, May 17, 2018 — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark will be honored next month with the Tennessee Bar Association’s prestigious Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award. Named in honor of former Tennessee Chief Justice Frank Drowota, the Drowota Award is the TBA’s highest award for service to the judiciary and has been given annually for more than a decade.
Clark was chosen for her decades of service to the legal profession in Tennessee, including the implementation of the Access to Justice Commission’s first-ever strategic plan in 2010, and creation of the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance (TFJA) in 2011. The TFJA aligns volunteer attorneys with faith-based social justice programs to help those in need.
“No one in Tennessee knows more about the Tennessee judicial system than Justice Clark,” said Margaret Behm of Nashville’s Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella PC. “Her entire professional life has been devoted to the service of others and the promotion of the rule of law.”
A native of Franklin, Clark earned her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard University. She completed her law degree at Vanderbilt University in 1979. After practicing law for 10 years, she was appointed Circuit Court judge for the 21st Judicial District in 1989. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court in 2005, she served as director of the Administrative Office of the Courts for six years.
She will accept the award during the Tennessee Bar Association’s Lawyers Luncheon on June 15 at its annual convention in Memphis.
Justice Cornelia Clark
(Administrative Office of the Courts Photo)