The Tennessee Bar Association presents a number of awards to recognize attorneys and others who have provided outstanding service to the profession, the American justice system or their communities. Here is information on the individual awards.

TBA Access to Justice Awards

Each year the Tennessee Bar Association recognizes outstanding service by attorneys and law students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to increasing access to justice for underserved individuals and communities in Tennessee. Awards are presented at the Annual Public Service Awards Luncheon, which is typically held as part of the TBA Leadership Conference.

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Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award

The Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award is given to a judge or judicial branch official of a federal, state or local court in Tennessee who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, our legal system and the administration of justice as exemplified by the career of Justice Frank F. Drowota, III.

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Claudia Jack Award

The Claudia Jack Award honors an outstanding public defender or court-appointed private practitioner who has served the legal community and their clients in an exemplary fashion. It is named after the late Claudia Jack, a public defender and long-time champion of the poor and underprivileged.

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Tennessee Professionalism Award

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.

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TBA Fourth Estate Award

This award from the Tennessee Bar Association honors courageous reporting on justice and the law. Tennessee-based journalists who have shown exemplary courage in exercising First Amendment rights in the promotion of public understanding of the Rule of Law and how our legal system works or should work will be considered.

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