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.
The Honorable Sheila Calloway
Juvenile Court Judge
Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County, Tennessee
along with Invited Guests from the
legal community and LAW
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: