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Alumnus Dooley ’69 Receives the Top Pro Bono Award from the Tennessee Bar Association
The January 2014 edition of the Tennessee Bar Journal announced Charles W. “Buz” Dooley, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Class of 1969 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, as the Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award recipient. The award recognizes private attorneys who have contributed significant amounts of pro bono work and have demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to the poor. The award is named after Gilbert, a Nashville attorney and past Tennessee Bar Association president, who exemplifies this type of commitment.
The Tennessee Bar Journal published "Commitment to Public Service Honored: Lawyers and Law Students Doing Their Part," an article on Dooley and others. In the article Dooley notes, “It was just part of [his] duty as an attorney, to help out.”
Charles McDaniel nominated Dooley for the award. McDaniel, Southern Region pro bono project director for LAET, said the following about Dooley in the article: “Buz Dooley is exponentially the most active pro bono attorney in Chattanooga, both in terms of time donated and clients served…Buz is truly the best friend low-income, elderly and abused Chattanoogans have.”