Ann Jarvis Pruitt is Executive Director of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS), a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the delivery of civil legal help to vulnerable Tennesseans. Pruitt joined TALS after six years at Baker Donelson in the firm’s litigation section, followed by thirteen years at Dell Inc. where she served in the Legal Department as Executive Director supporting Worldwide Operations and later Ethics Investigations. In 2007, she was named Dell’s Volunteer of the Year for the Americas in recognition of her pro bono legal work. Pruitt describes her role at TALS as the intersection of her passion and expertise. Pruitt earned her law degree from the University Of Tennessee College Of Law in 1993 where she served as a Student Materials Editor of the Tennessee Law Review. She became interested in poverty law issues through participation in the UT legal clinic and was awarded the Charles A. Miller Award for clinical achievement.
An active member of the bar, Pruitt was the founding chair of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section and is currently a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee. In 2013, she was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission where she co-chairs the Public Awareness Committee. Pruitt is a Leadership Nashville alumni, served as Secretary of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for six years and is past Board Chair for the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee. Pruitt is a Nashville CABLE Spirit of Leadership Award recipient, and has been recognized as a Women of Influence by the Nashville Business Journal in the Non Profit Leader category. She was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy for Women of Achievement in fall 2017.
Photo: Ann Pruitt (right) with Civil Rights Leader Diane Nash.