Legal Aid Society, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, today announced Frank Garrison and Leigh Walton as the co-chairs for its 2022 Campaign for Equal Justice. Garrison will oversee fundraising throughout the community, while Walton will lead efforts aimed at law firms and attorneys.
Walton, a member at Bass, Berry & Sims, has more than 40 years of practice in the areas of corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and securities offerings. Garrison has more than 40 years of management and legal experience in both private and public companies in the financial and business service sectors, and presently serves as a Director of M3-Brigade Acquisition Corp II, a public company headquartered in New York.
“Frank and Leigh are longtime friends and supporters of Legal Aid Society, and we’re so pleased that they’ve agreed to co-chair this year’s Campaign for Equal Justice,” said DarKenya W. Waller, executive director of Legal Aid Society. “Thanks to our recent Breakfast of Champions event, we’re off to an amazing start on this year’s campaign, and we hope that their strong relationships throughout Middle Tennessee and in the legal community will help gain us the support of donors new and old.”
The Campaign for Equal Justice, held annually since 1987, supports Legal Aid Society’s mission to advance access to justice across Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau. This year’s campaign goal is $1 million. In 2021, Legal Aid Society raised $1,133,732, exceeding its $870,000 goal.
“I’m proud to put my efforts into supporting Legal Aid Society’s 2022 Campaign for Equal Justice,” Garrison said. “I hope to encourage others in the community to support Legal Aid Society’s important work in helping Middle Tennessee residents overcome unfair circumstances and gain access to the justice system. ”
“The legal community has always generously supported the work of Legal Aid Society, and I’m thrilled to spearhead those efforts this year as a co-chair of the Campaign for Equal Justice,” Walton said. “The challenges of the past couple of years have illustrated the continued need for Legal Aid Society’s advocacy for low-income residents of our area.”
Legal Aid Society officially launched the 2022 Campaign for Equal Justice with its signature event, Breakfast of Champions, held on Wednesday, April 6. The virtual event, featuring Tennessee State University head football coach Eddie George as keynote speaker, has so far raised a total of $126,826 toward the campaign.
About Legal Aid Society
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands advocates for fairness and justice under the law. The nonprofit law firm offers free civil legal representation and educational programs to help people in its region receive justice, protect their well-being and support opportunities to overcome poverty. It serves 48 counties from offices in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. Legal Aid Society is funded in part by United Way. Learn more at www.las.org, or by following the firm on Facebook.