Hinton receives Inaugural Walter F. Williams Achievement Award

Wade A. Hinton, Esq. Recipient of Inaugural Walter F. Williams Achievement Award

First Barristers’ Ball by S. L. Hutchins Bar Association

Officers of S.L. Hutchins Bar Association, from left, Kisha Cheeks, Esq.– reasurer; Crystle Carrion, Esq.–Recording Secretary; Martin Trimiew, Esq.– President; Michael Jones, Esq.– Vice President; Harolda Bryant, Esq.–Corresponding Secretary; Ariel Anthony, Esq.– Past President (not pictured).

Chattanooga, TN – The S. L. Hutchins Bar Association held its First Barristers’ Ball on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at the WTCI-TV studio. It was an elegant affair consisting of entertainment and fellowship and attended by over 100 local attorneys and professionals and concluded following an evening of dancing and music provided by Herculean Entertainment.  The sold-out event was sponsored by local law firms, with Chambliss and Luther Anderson as premier sponsors, and table sponsorship by The Ware Law Firm; Husch Blackwell; Miller Martin; and the Tennessee Alliance for Black Lawyers; and the Napier-Looby Bar Association.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Walter F. Williams Achievement Award recognizing an individual that has been significantly involved in the Chattanooga area community and has excelled in their role as an attorney. Demonstrating the same  principles of activism and community service embodied in the legacy of the award’s namesake, Judge Walter F. Williams, the ideal award recipient has impacted the legal profession by exemplifying high ethical standards, excelled in the application of the law and demonstrates a true understanding of advocacy and representation of clients. The 2023 Walter F. Williams Achievement Award was presented to former City Attorney and founder of Hinton & Company, Wade A. Hinton, Esq.

At left, S.L. Hutchins Bar Association Past President Ariel Anthony, Esq. and Yasmin Stiggons, Esq.

The S.L. Hutchins Bar Association was founded to honor and preserve the legacy of Chattanooga’s first African-American attorney, Styles L. Hutchins. As the only active minority bar association in Hamilton County, Tennessee, the association is dedicated to growing and maintaining a diverse voice in the legal profession and community. The S.L. Hutchins Bar Association is an affiliate chapter of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest association of attorneys of color in the world. For more information on the S. L. Hutchins Bar Association, please contact the organization at slhutchinsbar@gmail.com or visit our website www.slhutchinsbar.com – Submiited by Attorney Kisha L. Cheeks