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Bone McAllester Norton Receives Lipscomb University’s 2019 Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to be the recipient of Lipscomb University’s 2019 Mary Morris Award for Exemplary Service for its legal and philanthropic efforts in greater Nashville. The firm was specifically recognized for our work on behalf of the Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program students Cyntoia Brown and Michelle Martin. This award is given each year to a member of the Lipscomb community who exhibits an exemplary spirit of public service in honor of Mary Morris, a Lipscomb College of Education faculty member who lost her battle with cancer in 2005.

On April 18, the firm was recognized during an award reception with the Morris family and past award recipients at Lipscomb University’s Ezell Chapel. The award includes a $1,000 honorarium which the firm donated to the LIFE program. The LIFE program allows for inmates at the Tennessee Prison for Women to take college classes through Lipscomb University. Traditional undergraduate students join the women in class; both groups of students work towards an Associates Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or a Master’s Degree. 

“From your work with Cyntoia and Michelle to the MLK Day Breakfast to the countless ways your firm has created and sustained a culture of service to our community, your work is exactly the kind of work this award is meant to honor,” said Randy Spivey, academic director of the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice and Society at Lipscomb University.

For more information about Lipscomb University’s LIFE Program, visit their website.

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Charles Bone Slated as a Panelist During Lipscomb’s Tennessee Premiere of Gideon’s Army Documentary

Bone McAllester Norton founder and chairman Charles W. Bone will speak on a panel discussion at the Tennessee premiere of Gideon’s Army during Lipscomb University’s HumanDocs series. A 2013 Sundance selection, the documentary chronicles the lives and work of three public defenders in the South, all mentored by Jonathan “Rap” Rapping of the Southern Public Defender Training Center, or Gideon’s Promise.

The premiere will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 in the Shamblin Theater on campus. Following the film, Charles will join Dawn Deener, public defender for Nashville and Davidson County; and Randy Spivey, academic director for Lipscomb’s Institute for Law, Justice and Society, for a brief discussion.

Screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, call (615) 417-9382.


Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 36 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 17 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit