Access to Justice Awards

From left to right: DarKenya Waller, J. Houston Gordon, Justice Janice M. Holder, Zulfat Suara, Laura Brown, and Herman Hicks

Each fall, TALS presents the Access to Justice Awards to recognize individuals who have contributed to Tennessee's equal justice community. 

The deadline for 2023 Access to Justice Awards nominations is June 30, 2023.

Award Descriptions

The Janice M. Holder Award recognizes a professional whose work in private practice, corporate practice, public service or other social service has made significant contributions in advancing the quality of justice statewide by ensuring the legal system is open and available to all. This award is intended for professionals not focused on daily legal aid advocacy.  

To nominate an eligible individual for the Janice M. Holder Award, click here.


The B. Riney Green Award recognizes and emphasizes the value the access to justice community has for a particular kind of accomplishment – one that promotes state-wide collaboration on a project beyond one organization and strengthens access to justice across the state.

To nominate an eligible individual for the B. Riney Green Award, click here.


The New Advocate of the Year Award recognizes those who use their legal skills in an active, creative way that produces outstanding benefits for individual clients and the communities in which they live. Eligible nominees are attorneys and paralegals who work with a provider (LSC or non-LSC funded) of civil legal aid to low-income people, who have been employed by their program less than five years. 

To nominate an eligible individual for the New Advocate of the Year Award, click here.

Nomination Timeline

2023 nominations are due by Friday, June 30, 2023.

Selection and Presentation of Awards

An ad hoc awards committee selects award winners. The awards will be presented in conjunction with Equal Justice University.


Visit the Equal Justice University page.





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