Jason Pannu Sworn-in as President at TBA Convention

Nashville lawyer Jason M. Pannu was sworn in as president of the Tennessee Bar Association today during the TBA’s annual convention in Memphis, with Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins administering the oath of office. Pannu said his top priorities this year will be Access to Justice, launching the TBA Public Service Academy, and establishing the Uniform Statewide Filing Incubator, which will work to implement electronic court filing statewide. The luncheon also featured recognition of Senior Counselors and the outstanding work of several members throughout the past year: Bob E. Lype was honored with the Justice Joe Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing for the best article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal in 2017. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark was presented with the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award. Memphis attorney Charles F. Newman was honored with this year's prestigious William M. Leech Jr. Public Service Award, presented by the TBA's Young Lawyers Division Fellows. The Leech Award is presented each year to a Tennessee lawyer who has given outstanding service to the legal profession, the legal system and the local community. The TBA’s Fourth Estate Award was given for the first time and was awarded to the News 4 I-Team of WSMV in Nashville. President’s Awards were given to Bill Haltom, Gov. Bill Haslam, Amber Shaw, Gail Vaughn Ashworth, Julie Sandine and Bill Koch. See photos from the event

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