TBA Announces 2016 Pro Bono Awards

Two distinguished Tennessee pro bono attorneys and a recent Belmont University Law graduate will be honored with the state’s top pro bono and public service awards at a Nashville ceremony in January. Clarksville attorney Elizabeth “Libby” Sykes, who retired in 2014 from leading the Tennessee Administration Office of the Courts, will receive the Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award for commitment to providing free legal advice to low-income Tennesseans through the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services’ statewide legal helpline, HELP4TN. David Yoder, who is set to retire at the end of the year as executive director of Legal Aid of East Tennessee, will receive the Ashley T. Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year Award. Yoder is being recognized for 40 years of commitment to expanding access to justice. And Sara Page, a 2015 graduate from Belmont University College of Law, will be recognized as the Law Student Volunteer of the Year for her work with numerous pro bono organizations including Belmont Legal Aid Society, Justice for Our Neighbors and Magdalene Clinic. Read more about the honorees.

The awards will be presented at the TBA’s 2016 Public Service Luncheon Jan. 23 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. Held each year as part of the association’s Leadership Conference, the luncheon also will feature remarks by TBA President Bill Harbison and other leaders from the legal community. 

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