The University of Tennessee College of Law hosted the 14th annual Julian Blackshear, Jr., Scholarship Gala on Friday, Feb. 28. The event began with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tenn. The dinner and formal program began at 7 p.m.
Paulette Brown, president-elect of the American Bar Association, gave the keynote address. All proceeds from ticket sales and money raised at the event provide direct support to the college’s Blackshear Scholarship, which benefits students of color.
Brown is a member of Edwards Wildman’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She has held a number of positions throughout her 35-year career, ranging from in-house counsel for Fortune 500 companies to serving as a municipal court judge. However the majority of her career has focused on labor and employment law and commercial litigation. In addition to working at Edwards Wildman, Brown was president of the YWCA of Central New Jersey. She is an avid writer and speaker on diversity issues facing women in the legal profession. During her time as president of the National Bar Association she led a delegation to monitor the first democratic elections in South Africa. She has received many national recognitions for her work in the legal field. Brown has completed five 3-day 60-mile walks to raise money through the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
UT College of Law wants to especially thank our sponsors. The supporting sponsors for this year’s Gala were Merchant & Gould and Pilot Corporation. The table sponsors included Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, Black Law Students Association, Boston, Holt, Sockwell & Durham, PLLC, Husch Blackwell LLP, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, Kramer Rayson LLP, Law Office of Ursula Bailey, Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C., Richard L. Rose, Sherrard & Roe, PLC, Student Bar Association, the Family of R.B.J. Campbelle, Jr., Williams Teusink, LLC, and Woolf, McClane, Bright, Allen & Carpenter, PLLC.