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Lee recipient of Webb Alumnus Award

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee
Tennessee Supreme Court Justice and Webb School of Knoxville Class of 1971 alumna, Sharon G. Lee, has been named the recipient of Webb School’s Distinguished Alumnus/na Award for 2010. This award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna whose business or professional accomplishments and service to others exemplify the goals of Webb School of Knoxville in the spirit of its motto, “principes non homines” – leaders not men.

Webb School will welcome Justice Lee back to campus with a ceremony in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium, beginning at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22. to present her with her award. Prior to Chapel, Lee will speak with Webb Lower and Middle School students about her career and her role as a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court, the state’s highest court.

Justice Lee grew up in Madisonville. She completed her bachelor's degree in business administration with high honors from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a doctor of jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law where she graduated in the top 15 percent of her class.

Following law school, Lee returned to her hometown to practice law with her uncle. She soon started her own practice and stayed a solo practitioner for 26 years. Lee also served in various positions in the area – county attorney for Monroe County, Madisonville city judge and city attorney for Vonore and Madisonville – before she was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in June 2004. Lee became the first woman to serve as judge on the Eastern Section of the Tennessee Court of Appeals in its 79-year history.

During her tenure on the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Lee also was an adjunct faculty member at the College of Law where she taught trial advocacy. In October 2008, Lee was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court, becoming the third woman on the five-member court.

In 2010, Lee was named a YWCA of Knoxville Tribute to Women honoree. She also received a Woman of Achievement Award from the Girls Scouts of the Appalachian Council. Lee is membership chair and past president of the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women, and a previous member of the board of the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. She also served as secretary and member of the executive board of the Knoxville Executive Women’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Monroe County.

Lee has two daughters, Sarah Alliman, a Webb Class of 2002 graduate, and Laura Alliman, who graduated from Webb in 2004.


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