Chappell To Be Named Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation

Cynthia Chappell has been selected for membership in the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

The Foundation honors attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them to membership as “Fellows.” Their contributions are used to support selected, law-related public interest projects. Selection is limited to lawyers with who have demonstrated an uncompromised dedication to integrity and high personal and professional ethical standards; made outstanding and recognized contributions to the legal profession and to the public good; and demonstrated a strong commitment to the published objectives and purposes of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.”

A class of new Fellows, apportioned among the state’s three Grand Divisions, is chosen each year.

Suggestions for new Fellows are solicited from the current membership. Names are then forwarded to the appropriate committee for that Grand Division, which whittles the submissions to the required number. The Board of Trustees makes the final decision as to the members of the class.

Chappell will be inducted into membership on May 5, 2018.

Chappell Inducted as Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation

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.

Chappell Serves as Legal Commentator, Discusses Kentucky School Shooting

Cindy Chappell appeared on Nashville’s ABC affiliate, WKRN, to provide legal commentary related to the January 23, 2018 school shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky. Chappell discussed the nature of the offenses and the potential charges the shooter could face, along with an analysis of whether there is a potential for the high school student to be charged as an adult.

Chappell Appointed Chair of Nashville Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee

Cindy Chappell has been selected to serve as chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee.  She was appointed by NBA President Erin Palmer Polly.  Her one-year term began January 1, 2018. The NBA’s Continuing Legal Education Committee is responsible for developing and providing approximately 600 hours of live and distance learning programming for Tennessee lawyers.  CLE programs focus on relevant substantive law and practice skills needed to support and enhance attorney practice and professionalism.

Chappell Named Finalist for 20th Judicial District Criminal Judgeship

The state’s Trial Court Vacancy Commission selected Cindy Chappell as one of three finalists to assume a judgeship in the 20th Judicial District Criminal Court, which serves Davidson County.  Chappell was chosen out of a field of seven after an application process followed by a public hearing and vote by the Commission.  Her name will be submitted to Governor Bill Haslam, who will make the final appointment from among the three selected candidates. Read the Nashville Post’s write-up here. 

Chappell Joins NBA Continuing Legal Education Committee

Cindy Chappell has joined the Nashville Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. The Nashville Bar Association provides more than 600 hours of live and distance learning programming each year. The CLE Committee develops and sponsors a wide range of CLE programs on diverse topics in a variety of time frames including one, two, and three hours, half-day, and full day courses. CLE programs focus on relevant substantive law and practice skills needed to support and enhance attorney practice and professionalism.

Chappell Interview Featured in Nashville Business Journal

In conjunction with the release of its annual “Best of the Bar” issue, the Nashville Business Journal interviewed Cynthia Chappell, who was included on this year’s list.

Chappell addressed questions ranging from lighthearted (“What is your favorite way to entertain a client in Nashville?”) to more serious, such as inquiries about lag time between the advent of new technology and the effect on the law.

You can read her interview here. (Paywall).