ABOUT THE COMMITTEE:

The focus of the Public Education Committee is to develop an array of educational outreach programs for students and adults designed to improve public awareness of the law and our legal system and enhance the public perception of the profession.

Public Education Committee Leadership

  • Chair

    Amy Bryant

    State Trial Courts

  • Immediate Past Chair

    Curtis Bowe

    Bowe & Associates Pllc

     

  • Division Coordinator

    Stephanie Vonnahme

    Tennessee Bar Association

    svonnahme@tnbar.org

     

Public Education Programs

 

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RECENT NEWS

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September  2019 Report

The Public Education Committee has recruited 8 members to serve during the 2019-2020 year. We have members from each grand region. 

The Public Education Committee has formed a partnership with the law firm of Nelson Mullins, the Association for Corporate Counsel and the Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands to implement an initiative to bring pro bono legal services to families with children in public schools to help them establish conservatorships. The Public Education Committee is committed to disseminating information about the program directly to public school systems, providing additional trainings for newly interested lawyers and hosting a webpage to provide information to the public about how to access the program. This program currently services Middle TN and the Public Education Committee hopes to expand the program statewide.

The Public Education Committee Chair, Amy Bryant, hosted a screening of Nashville Public Television Reports: Aging Matters Legal Help in July 2019. The program was very successful and well attended. Following the screening, there was a panel of four Elder Law lawyers (Karl Warden, Travenia Holden, Adam Hill and Sonya Bellafant) that answered questions for the audience. The program was sponsored by Elder Lawyer Michelle Poss (lunch) and Lee Chapel AME Church (facility). There were 50 people in attendance and the panelists were well received. 

Additionally, the Public Education Committee chair helped to secure lawyers for four additional NPT Screenings. 

Another goal for the Public Education Committee is to promote free online training for conservators as a new TBA initiative. The committee will establish a process for providing this resource to the public.

The Public Education Committee met on July 16, 2019 and August 29, 2019. The next scheduled meeting is October 24, 2019. The committee is excited about the programs and the energy of the group is dynamic.


June 2019 Report

The Public Education Committee is collaborating with the Elder Law Section to generate volunteers for the Nashville Public Television Reports: Aging Matters series. The NPT Aging Matters series will collaborate with many other TN State constituents including TennCare, TN Justice Center, and Legal Aid Society. NPT anticipates 36 courses to be held around the state by completion date of May 2020.

The Public Education Committee is proud to announce Amy Willoughby Bryant as the 2019-2020 Chair. Amy Willoughby Bryant is the Director of the Office of Conservatorship Management for Nashville and Davidson County. Amy has already stepped up to recruit volunteers for the 2019 Lipscomb Law Camp held June 17-21. Those volunteers will teach high school students who are interested in law and law-related fields.

In the 2019-2020 bar year, Amy plans to reinvigorate the Public Education Committee with new committee members and new opportunities. One of her many goals is to promote free online training for conservators as a new TBA initiative. We are all excited to see where Amy takes us in the new year!