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Marion Griffin Chapter - NASHVILLE, TN

In 1901, the Tennessee Supreme Court told Marion Griffin that women were not entitled to practice before the court. Today, the Lawyers' Association for Women - Marion Griffin Chapter, invites you to support its purposes and to share the camaraderie of women in the legal profession.

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100 Years of Woman Suffrage

Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future




August 13, 2020 | 1:30-4:00 pm

Support the NBA & LAW by Becoming a Suffragist

Sign up now at NashvilleBar.org/Suffrage | $250

Recognition as a Suffragist in the event program

Opportunity to honor a special person in the event program

One ticket for the event, which includes 2.0 Dual Continuing Education Credits

Recognition as a Suffragist in at least one NBA member communication

Recognition as a Suffragist in at least one LAW member communication

Post-Event recognition as a Suffragist in the Nashville Bar Journal

Post-Event recognition as a Suffragist in LAW Matters

A commemorative event poster

Opportunity for seating on the floor of the House Chamber*

A cocktail reception at the iconic Hermitage Hotel following the program*


*May be limited due to social-distancing requirements

STATEMENT ON RACISM

The Lawyers’ Association for Women – Marion Griffin Chapter is committed to identifying, discussing, addressing, and dismantling racism.  We acknowledge that racism permeates throughout our society, and perhaps nowhere more pervasively than the legal system with which we, as lawyers, interact on a daily basis.  In order to practice law in Tennessee, each applicant swears an oath which includes the following promise: “In the practice of my profession, I will conduct myself with honesty, fairness, integrity, and civility to the best of my skill and abilities.”  LAW recognizes that we as individuals cannot operate either personally or professionally with honesty, fairness, or integrity without acknowledging and confronting the systemic discrimination and unfairness that racism has built into our society.  Racism includes the horrendous acts of violence and hatred that our nation has seen in the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others before them.  Racism also includes bias, even unconscious or unintentional bias, which results in unequal access to justice, representation, and resources.

Black Lives Matter.  Black voices must be heard.  LAW stands committed to exploring and examining the ways bias and discrimination are reflected in the legal profession and legal system.  LAW stands committed to working to eradicate racism in all forms. Please join us as we join others in this work.

The Lawyers' Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter was formed on February 24, 1981, in Nashville, Tennessee. The association emphasizes and addresses issues of concern to women within the legal profession. In particular, we strive:

  • to promote the efficient administration of justice and the constant improvement of the law, especially as it relates to women;
  • to advocate for increased numbers of qualified women on the bench and to work for improvement of the overall quality of the bench;
  • to encourage the participation of women in local, state, national and specialty bar associations, particularly at leadership levels;
  • to monitor and to participate as amicus curiae in litigation involving issues of concern to women;
  • to promote the participation of minority attorneys in the Association;
  • to promote the participation of new attorneys in the Association;
  • to promote career opportunities for women within the legal profession, including the dissemination of job availability information and the exploration of alternative work options;
  • to promote diversity in the legal workplace and within the legal profession generally;
  • to foster public dialogue about unjust societal discrimination and bias;
  • to enhance the quality of life in the community by active participation in community service;
  • to explore the impact of and keep pace with technology relative to the workplace and the practice of law; and
  • to enhance the legal knowledge and skills of attorneys in the Association.


LAW 2020 Annual Award Winners

Martha Craig Daughtrey Award

Rising Star Award


Chancellor Anne C. Martin

Shellie Handelsman





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