Judge Barry A. Steelman has been elected a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 855 attorneys across the state.
Invitations to membership, which is a position of honor, were extended to 32 attorneys this year by the board of trustees. The introduction of new fellows took place in May at the annual Fellows' Dinner in Nashville.
The Bar Foundation's purpose is two-fold: to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession and community and to administer a grant making program. That project, known by its acronym “IOLTA” (Interest On Lawyers' Trust Accounts), has awarded grants in excess of $21,000,000 to law-related, public interest projects throughout Tennessee.
Judge Steelman is a graduate of Carson Newman University and The University of Tennessee College of Law. He practiced law in Chattanooga for 17 years and since 2006 has served as Judge of Division I Criminal Court.