The law firms of Blankenship & Blankenship and the Law Office of John P. Doyle, along with Murfreesboro lawyer Tommy Sante, were honored with awards for public and pro bono service at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Conference last weekend.
The bar association recognized the two firms for adopting formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation.
The Pro Bono Policy Initiative is one element of a multi-faceted bar association campaign to educate the legal profession and the public on the need for increased free legal services in the state, and find new ways for lawyers to participate in pro bono service.
Ten other firms also were recognized.
The awards were presented at the bar association’s annual Public Service luncheon, which featured remarks by bar association President Jackie Dixon and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.
Earlier in the weekend, the Star of the Quarter Award was presented to lawyer Tommy Santel by Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division President David Veile, who practices at Schell Binkley & Davies LLC in Franklin.
Santel, chairman of the YLD Continuing Legal Education Committee, was recognized for his work planning two educational programs for young lawyers across the state over the last few months.
Santel earned his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2004. He practices with Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary PLLC in Murfreesboro.