Justices Help Honor Pro Bono Work in East Tennessee

May 13, 2013

Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court gathered earlier this month in Johnson City to participate in a special dinner and awards ceremony hosted by Legal Aid of East Tennessee. “Dinner with the Tennessee Supreme Court” was served May 1 at The Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City.

Chief Justice Gary R. Wade was joined by Justices Cornelia A. Clark and Sharon G. Lee to honor members of the Tri-Cities legal community who volunteer their time by helping others through Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Project. 

“On behalf of our Supreme Court, I thank Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the outstanding attorneys in the Tri-Cities area who have donated their time, talents, and treasure to serve those Tennesseans who are unable to afford much-needed legal services,” said Justice Wade. “Our profession is unique in that the bench and bar recognize a responsibility, as written in the Book of Proverbs, to offer to ‘speak for the poor and needy.’"

The Justices were introduced by David R. Yoder, Executive Director of Legal Aid. Deborah Yeomans, Managing Attorney for the Johnson City office presented plaques to area attorneys, law firms, and local Bar Associations who donated time & legal services during the past year.

Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary R. Wade speaks at the Legal Aid of East Tennessee "Dinner with the Supreme Court."

East Tennessee attorneys recognized include: Art Fowler III, Mark Skelton, Charles London, Tony Seaton, James Janaitis, snd Jewel Green

East Tennessee attorneys recognized include: Charles London, James Janaitis, McKenna Cox, Jewel Green, and Amber Lee