On March 10, 2018, Cynthia Chappell was inducted as a member of the 2018 Class of the Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows. Fellows are selected by their colleagues, and each class is limited to approximately two percent of the Nashville Bar Association membership.
The NBF Fellows Program was established in 1991 as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community. Its objective is to raise an endowment that will allow the organization to have an impact on initiatives in the Nashville legal community.
The Nashville Bar Foundation has made contributions to such programs as Hurricane Katrina Relief for attorneys who were forced out of their law practices and funding of the NBA Modest Means Program to provide reduced fee legal services to qualified low income individuals. The NBF also supported the NBA Law Day activities celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Sit-In Trials. Each year, the NBF issues grants to several organizations that have mission statements relative to the Nashville Bar Foundation. Additionally, the NBF made a substantial grant for nine years to support the community affairs and diversity programs of the Nashville Bar Association. Since 2002, it has re-directed those same funds to the Nashville Pro Bono Program.