About Us

About Us

The Tennessee Bar Foundation was founded in 1982 with a mission to honor distinguished attorneys as “Fellows”, support law-related public interest projects, and administer Tennessee’s IOLTA (Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program.

Board of Trustees

The Foundation is governed by a 12-member board. The Chair, Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair serve one-year terms. Geographic distribution is ensured by the election of three Trustees per Grand Division (east, middle, west) who serve three-year terms and whose terms are staggered.


Judge John W. Whitworth, Camden


Jacqueline B. Dixon, Nashville

Immediate Past Chair

Angelia M. Nystrom, Knoxville

East Tennessee Trustees

Sam D. Elliott, Chattanooga
Robin L. Miller, Chattanooga
Judge D. Kelly Thomas, Maryville

Middle Tennessee Trustees

Patrick M. Carter, Columbia
Judge Cynthia C. Chappell, Nashville
Charles K. Grant, Nashville

West Tennessee Trustees

Jeffrey P. Boyd, Jackson
C. Barry Ward, Munford
Molly A. Glover, Memphis



Barri Bernstein

Executive Director


Therese Byrne

Assistant Executive Director

Office Location

The Foundation’s office is located in the Historic Castner-Knott Building, at the corner of Church Street and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard (formerly known as Capitol Boulevard) which is between 6th and 7th avenues, North, in downtown Nashville.