TBA Presents Inaugural Judicial Service Award to Justice Frank F. Drowota

June 21, 2006

Award named for Drowota to be given each year to a Tennessee judge

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota was awarded the naugural Justice Frank F. Drowota III Award for Outstanding Judicial Service during the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual convention in Memphis last week.

This past year Drowota chaired the TBA’s committee working to ensure fair and ethical judicial campaigns. He helped develop a code of conduct to govern judicial campaigns (a copy of which is available at http://www.tba.org/judicialcampaign) and personally contacted each judge and judicial candidate in the state to encourage them to abide by the code during the coming election cycle. Drowota retired from the Supreme Court in 2005 after serving 35 years on the bench, including service on the Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. He began his career in the law after graduating from the Vanderbilt University Law School in 1965.

This award for judicial service will be presented each year to a Tennessee judge who demonstrates outstanding and dedicated service to the bench and the bar.

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is the largest professional association in Tennessee with more than 9,000 members. Founded in 1881, the TBA provides opportunities for continuing legal education, professional development and public service. The TBA's dedication to serving the state's legal community is evidenced by its membership roll, which represents the entire spectrum of legal practice: plaintiff and defense lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, government lawyers and legal services attorneys.