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Front Page - Friday, June 2, 2023

TBA honors Fowler with legal writing award

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Russell Fowler is set to receive the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. The Tennessee Bar Association will present the honor to him during its annual convention in Knoxville June 16.

Established nearly 40 years ago, this accolade recognizes Fowler’s article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal, a distinction the TBA awards annually to the lawyer who authors the most exceptional piece in the preceding year.

The TBA published Fowler’s contribution, “Tennessee Lawyers Impact America: A History of Advancing the Right to Vote,” along with its companion piece, “Dunn v. Blumstein: A Young Tennessee Lawyer Wins Expansion of the Right to Vote,” in the March/April 2022 issue of its journal.

The Joe Henry Award pays tribute to the former chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, who was renowned for his forthright and clear writing style. Its purpose is to foster a culture of scholarly yet practical legal writing among Tennessee lawyers.

A committee comprising the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court or their representative, designated deans from prominent law schools in the state on a rotating basis and the president of the Tennessee Bar Association mutually select the recipient.

This year’s panel of judges included Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger A. Page, Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law Dean Matthew Lyon, University of Tennessee College of Law Dean Lonnie Brown and TBA President Tasha Blakney.

Fowler, who serves as the director of litigation and advocacy at Legal Aid of East Tennessee, has been an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga since 1999.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to Chancellor C. Neal Small in Memphis and obtained his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1987.

Fowler has written numerous publications on law and legal history and is a regular columnist for the TBA’s Journal.

Source: Legal Aid of East Tennessee