Tennessee Bar Celebrates Past President Marcy Eason Among Female Leaders on International Women's Day
March 08, 2021
The Tennessee Bar Association celebrated the organization's strong female leaders from the past three decades on International Women's Day March 8, 2021. Miller & Martin Attorney Marcy Eason, who served as TBA president in 2007 and 2008, was recognized for her leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion within the association and in the legal profession.
Below is an excerpt from the TBA's website:
"Marcy Eason knew the legal profession was facing change when she took office in 2007, and she embraced the challenge. Recent membership surveys and Long Range Planning Committee reports told her that the TBA needed to not just be concerned with the system of justice and attacks on lawyers and judges, but also on the wellbeing of our professionals and the need for racial diversity within our profession. To address that, the TBA launched a Well-Being Task Force — which today has evolved into the very active TBA Well-Being Committee — and a Diversity Task Force, with Justice Aldolpho Birch and former Attorney General Michael Cody serving as honorary co-chairs. That effort continues today with a new task force recently launched by TBA President Michelle Greenway Sellers to continue the work of building racial diversity in the profession.
Another change, also relevant today, was the selection of the first woman to serve as Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Justice Janice Holder was selected for the position in September 2008. For Eason, the year also brought personal change. She wrote in her last Tennessee Bar Journal column that she was “no longer just a ‘desk jockey,’ tapping out endless e-mails.” She wrote, “I have met many of our members and volunteers, and newly licensed attorneys or law students. Meeting each of you has been a renaissance. My perspective has been immutably changed.”
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