This award is given to a Tennessee lawyer who has been of outstanding service to the profession, legal system and the community. The award is named for former Attorney General William M. Leech and was given to him posthumously in 1997. The Fellows of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division select the recipient of this award, which is presented at the Lawyer's Luncheon during the association's annual convention.

2019 — Hal Hardin
2018 — Charlie Newman
2017 — Robert L. Childers
2016 — Pamela Reeves
2015 — Claudia Swafford Haltom
2014 — Janice M. Holder
2013 — Elizabeth T. Collins (posthumously)
2012 — Larry D. Wilks (posthumously)
2011 — Howard H. Vogel
2010 — Karl F. Dean
2009 — Ross E. Alderman (posthumously)
2008 — Frank F. Drowota III
2007 — Bernice B. Donald
2006 — Donald F. Paine
2005 — S. Shepherd Tate
2004 — Richard H. Dinkins
2003 — Julia S. Gibbons
2002 — Barbara N. Haynes
2001 — E. Riley Anderson
2000 — Not awarded
1999 — Gilbert R. Campbell
1998 — Richard S. Wirtz
1997 — William M. Leech  (first year named for William M. Leech)
1996 — Lamar Alexander
1995 — Not awarded
1994 — Howard H. Baker
1993 — Walter P. Armstrong Jr.
1992 — Roy B. Herron