Purpose

The Tennessee Professionalism Award is awarded each year to a lawyer or judge whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity, coupled with ongoing dedication to the highest standards of the rule of law and the highest standards of the legal profession in Tennessee.

Overview

The Tennessee Professionalism Award is awarded annually at the TBA's Annual Convention. Candidates for the award are nominated by letter through an open nominations process. Nominating letter should be addressed to the chair of the selection committee and should include sufficient supporting documentation, including either a C.V. or resume, to enable the selection committee to make a reasoned judgment.  Supporting letters may accompany the nomination and should be addressed to the chair of the selection committee. 

The award will be presented to a lawyer or judge residing in the Grand Division of Tennessee where the TBA's Annual Convention is held. Nominees must be alive when their nomination is submitted but need not be an active member of an American Inn of Court or the TBA. Nominations of lawyers are given preference in the selection process.  The TBA Annual Convention is scheduled to be held in the Eastern Grand Division (Knoxville) this year.

• 2020 Nominations Open: March 25
• 2020 Nominations Close: May 1