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ETLAW celebrates
30 years!

ETLAW founders Patty Wheeler and Margaret Klein, as well as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court Sharon G. Lee, and the first-ever woman on the Tennessee Supreme Court, Martha Craig “Cissy” Daughtery.

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2019 Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon

ETLAW’s 2019 Tennessee Supreme Court Luncheon: Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court and ETLAW members gather at this annual luncheon event that honors the high court.  The 2019 justices and ETLAW Board members are featured in this photo.

2018 YWCA Holiday Toiletry Drive Luncheon

ETLAW’s 2018 YWCA Holiday Toiletry Drive Luncheon: ETLAW members come together at this annual toiletry drive event to collect and assemble several hundred’s worth of toiletries for residents of the YWCA, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women in the local community, much like ETLAW.  The 2018 ETLAW Board and representatives of the YWCA, including its CEO, are featured in this photo.

2019 YWCA Keys of Hope Luncheon

2019 YWCA Keys of Hope Luncheon: ETLAW members attend this  annual luncheon event to show support for the YWCA, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing women in the local community, much like ETLAW.  ETLAW members in attendance are featured in this photo.

2018 Spirit of Justice Award

ETLAW’s 2018 Spirit of Justice Award: The 2018 recipient for this annual ETLAW award was none other than longtime member Kathryn St. Clair Ellis (featured in the middle of the photo alongside the 2018 president and president-elect), who is the director of the Legal Aid of East Tennessee and who was selected for her contribution toward the advancement of women in the legal profession.

2018 Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure ETLAW Team

2018 Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure ETLAW Team: ETLAW regularly participates in this annual Susan G. Komen 5K race by forming a team to support women who have been affected by breast cancer.  The 2018 team is featured in this photo.

    East TN Lawyers’ Association for Women

    Founded in 1983

    ETLAW is a professional legal organization that fosters personal and professional development and espouses a desire to advance women in the legal profession and in society as a whole. The organization was founded in 1983 by a group of pioneering women who sought to organize and connect female attorneys in the East Tennessee area. Today, there are ETLAW members spanning a wide variety of legal practice areas, including the judiciary. There are many benefits of being an ETLAW member, including professional development, continuing legal education, and networking.

    In addition to its monthly CLE presentations on a variety of legal topics, ETLAW regularly hosts speakers ranging from politicians to judges to civic leaders to educate its members on current issues. ETLAW also takes an active voice in the legal community, and hosts a variety of programs, from book studies to judges’ panels, to give its members a forum to discuss ideas. ETLAW’s biggest event of the year is its annual Supreme Court Luncheon where the entire Tennessee Supreme Court and the judiciary from the East Tennessee area gather with ETLAW members and others in the legal community to network and celebrate Tennessee’s highest court. ETLAW also sponsors scholarships at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and actively provides judicial endorsements.

    Finally, ETLAW also has a significant impact in the community, including its annual participation in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, annual toiletry drive for the YWCA, and strong collaborative partnerships with the University of Tennessee College of Law, the Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law, and the YWCA.