TBA Annual Public Service Awards Honor Anne Boatner

CHATTANOOGA — Each year, the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) recognizes outstanding service by attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to increasing access to justice for underserved individuals and communities in Tennessee. This year, the TBA’s Access to Justice Committee recognized Legal Aid of East Tennessee Staff Attorney Anne Boatner as the Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year. This award recognizes an attorney for an indigent client in either civil or criminal defense who has provided dedicated and outstanding services. Recipients of the 2023 TBA Public Service Awards were honored Saturday, April 15th, 2023, at a brunch event in downtown Nashville. 

“Everyone should have access to safe and stable housing, and it is a pleasure to help my neighbors find security and comfort in their homes. I’m proud of the work the Eviction Prevention Initiative and Legal Aid have done to promote housing stability for all Chattanoogans and East Tennesseans, and I am excited to continue doing this work.” 

Anne Boatner, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of East Tennessee 


About Legal Aid of East Tennessee 

Across 26 counties — from Chattanooga to the Tri-Cities — Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides civil legal representation for those who need it most. The elderly. Victims of domestic violence. Low-income families. All those who face a legal challenge yet don’t have the vital assistance they need. Every day, we proudly answer the call for high-quality legal services that help change lives and improve communities. 

About Access to Justice Committee 

TBA committees are actively engaged in serving the public, strengthening the profession and ensuring the association remains strong and well connected to lawyers across the state. The Access to Justice Committee develops and implements policy and initiatives to assist lawyers, the organized bar, law schools, legal services organizations & pro bono programs in providing meaningful access to the justice system for poor, vulnerable & underserved individuals. 


For more information about Legal Aid of East Tennessee, please contact their Knoxville office at 865637-0484, email tg*****@la**.org, or visit www.laet.org.