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CMAT Awards Luncheon
February 24, 2011

Fourth Annual
Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Awards

2011 Press release



At its Feb. 24, 2011 luncheon event in Nashville, CMAT is pleased to honor two ADR pioneers from East Tennessee, Bob Murrian and Shelby Grubbs, to recognize their innovative and lasting contributions to public service through alternative dispute resolution in Tennessee.  They will receive the Grayfred Gray Public Service in Mediation Award, named after Grayfred Gray, emeritus University of Tennessee School of Law professor and founder of the University's outstanding Mediation Clinic.  Past recipients of the award are Grayfred Gray, Hon. Janice Holder, and Marietta Shipley. 

When & Where:  The luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management, Ezell Center, Nashville TN. The program includes the Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators, followed by CMAT honoring Shelby Grubbs and Bob Murrian.

Members of the public may purchase luncheon tickets for $30 online at www.tennmediators.org/pg17.cfm

Shelby R. Grubbs is a member of the law firm Miller & Martin PLLC and practices in the firm's Chattanooga and Atlanta offices.  His outstanding public service includes chairing both the Tennessee Commission on Dispute Resolution in 1994-1996 and the Tennessee ADR Commission in 1996-1999.
Robert P. Murrian practices at Reeves, Herbert & Murrian, P.A. in Knoxville.  He was an early adopter of ADR, conducting mediations in the 1980s as a settlement judge while on the bench as a U.S. Magistrate Judge.  He co-chaired the committee that established Tennessee's first court-annexed federal mediation program and chaired the Federal Court/ Knoxville Bar Association Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1994-2002. 

Event Sponsors

Miller & Martin, PLLC

Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute
Margaret Huff Mediation
Mediation Services of Jackson
Memphis Bar Association
The Mediation Group of Tennessee
University of Tennessee College of Law
host of the 2011 ABA Advocacy in Mediation Regional Competition

Special thanks to:
Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management
for generously hosting the event
Tennessee Association for Professional Mediators
for partnering on this event


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