B. Riney Green Award: Access to Justice Award
This award is a way to recognize and emphasize the value the access to justice community has for a particular kind of accomplishment – one that promotes inter-program cooperation and strengthens access to justice across the state. It is important to recognize that the Green Award is not just a “good person” award, or a way to recognize outstanding advocacy. There are many outstanding advocates in Tennessee, and many of them have outstanding accomplishments every year.
One of the strengths of the provision of legal service in Tennessee has been the historic tradition of working together, across program lines, to address common problems that clients and programs face. To recognize and encourage those efforts, a person who promotes inter-program cooperation or otherwise strengthens the provision of legal aid in Tennessee is annually named the B. Riney Green Award recipient.
In the late 1990s B. Riney Green, a Nashville attorney, relentlessly led Tennessee’s effort to prevent the U.S. House and Senate from adopting provisions that would reduce funding to legal services and increase restrictions on legal aid programs. As a corporate lawyer and a Republican, he was a new and credible voice in this effort. He successfully engaged others in his effort and had access to representatives from across the party and ideological spectrum. His efforts in this state not only improved relations with the Congressional delegation, but were essential to the successful national effort to resist these legislative attacks. This award is named to honor his contribution at a critical time in the history of legal services in Tennessee and the nation.
HOW TO NOMINATE SOMEONE
To nominate someone via email, you may submit this form or send a narrative answering the question: What contributions has the nominee made to state-wide collaboration for the benefit of our clients or our programs? If not using the form, please ensure your nomination includes the name of the nominee, their agency and title, and their email address and telephone number along with your contact information. Up to three additional supporting nominations or letters can be submitted by individuals or programs for each nominee. Email your nomination packet to Joy Reed.
The 2019 nomination period is now open. The submission deadline is July 1, 2019, by end of business day.
1999 Bonnie King, Gloria Samuels & Christine Wolfe
2000 Linda Seely & Patti George
2001 Stewart Clifton, Bill Haley & Mike Murphy
2002 Pat Mock
2003 Doug Blaze
2004 Mary Michelle Gillum
2005 Jennifer Jean Rosenbaum & Steve Xanthopoulos
2006 Sherry Wilds
2007 Frank Cantrell
2008 Pam Ford Wright & Bill Bush
2009 Adinah Robertson
2010 David Tarpley
2011 Beth Bates & Russ Overby
2012 Margaret Behm
2013 Gordon Bonnyman & Harrison McIver III
2014 Theresa Vay-Smith
2015 Lenny Croce
2016 Craig Barnes & Russell Fowler
2017 Carol Gish & Ashley Holliday
2018 Marcia Eason & Gary Housepian