NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 16, 2017)—At its annual conference held in Chattanooga, Tenn., on June 10, 2017, the Washington, D.C.-based Civil War Trust recognized the law firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC for providing over $1,500,000 since 2004 in pro bono legal services to battlefield preservation in Franklin, Tenn. The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit organization devoted to the preservation of America’s hallowed battlegrounds.
Jim Lighthizer, president of the 50,000-member Civil War Trust praised the work of Stites & Harbison, stating the battlefield reclamation effort in Franklin has been a model for organizations across the nation. Julian L. Bibb, a Member (Partner) at Stites & Harbison, who has directed the firm’s battlefield preservation work noted that the law firm is committed to the public-private effort in Franklin to reclaim battlefield land and create public parks.
This was the second such recognition recently received by Stites & Harbison. In May, 2017, The Land Trust for Tennessee recognized the law firm for donating over $500,000 in pro bono legal fees to land conservation efforts in Tennessee.
“Our firm’s commitment of over $2,000,000 in pro bono legal services for land conservation and battlefield preservation is unique among law firms,” stated Robert M. Connolly, Chair of Stites & Harbison. “We are honored that both the Land Trust for Tennessee and the Civil War Trust have recognized the firm’s generous efforts.”