The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Justice Center has honored law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as Pro Bono Firm of the Year.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings was honored by the Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) for the firm’s efforts in representing needy families in their TennCare appeals. In 2008, fifteen (15) attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings were involved in contributing a total of approximately 500 hours of pro bono legal services to clients of the Tennessee Justice Center. As a result of the law firm’s pro bono representation of individuals during their TennCare appeals hearings, many sick and disabled people were able to receive needed health care.
“We are very grateful to Bradley Arant Boult Cummings for their efforts on behalf of TennCare families in need of vital health care services,” said Michele Johnson, managing attorney of the Tennessee Justice Center. “Their generosity in sharing their time and legal expertise has a tremendous impact on the lives of many people.”
The Tennessee Justice Center presented the Pro Bono awards during a reception on the evening of May 7. The firm was presented with a mounted print of “He Ain’t Heavy,” an original piece of art by Erin Brady Worsham, a mother, artist, activist, and TJC client with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Ms. Worsham’s work has been exhibited internationally.
David Taylor, partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and pro bono partner for the firm, said, “We believe that all attorneys have an ethical obligation to provide representation to people who need it, but cannot afford legal services.” He noted that, in 2008, attorneys at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings provided a total of 4,252 hours of pro bono representation to clients referred by the Tennessee Justice Center, the Nashville Bar Association, and other organizations. More than 70 attorneys at the firm are involved in the firm’s pro bono program.