NASHVILLE, Tenn.—One Nashville attorney and one former attorney are finalists for this year’s Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELAs). YP Nashville, a young professionals’ organization, issues the awards in partnership with the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
Miranda Christy, a current attorney, and Corinne Martin, a former attorney with Stites & Harbison PLLC, are nominated for a NELA in the Environment and Sustainability category.
Christy and Martin emerged from a pool of more than 400 nominations, thanks to their successes in career and community life. NELAs are awarded to professionals under age 40 who have achieved great impact in both arenas.
Christy, a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Kentucky Wesleyan College, joined Stites’ Real Estate and Banking Group in 2006. She has been named a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers and was selected for the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law program’s Class of 2013.
Christy represents The Land Trust for Tennessee on numerous conservation projects across the state, including the acquisition of 3,000 acres adjoining The University of the South in Sewanee. As counsel for The Nature Conservancy, she worked on Tennessee’s largest conservation transaction since the creation of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She serves as pro bono counsel to the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy. Together with her law partner, Julian Bibb, Christy has contributed more than $1 million in pro bono services supporting battlefield preservation.
Christy co-chairs the steering committee for Gen-C, The Nature Conservancy’s young professionals’ group. She serves on the board of directors for Nashville Classical Charter School and is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s education committee. Christy is also a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee.
“Growing up in the Kentucky countryside taught me the values of stewardship and service,” she said. “I am grateful to my mentor, Julian Bibb, and to Stites and Harbison, for making it possible for me to pursue my passions and to help Tennessee protect its natural treasures.”
Martin, who graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law, the University of Georgia (UGA) and Duke University, is an attorney in Stites’ Environmental, Natural Resources & Energy Service Group. She is accredited as a LEED® Green Associate. She received a graduate certificate in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, along with a Master's degree in Ecological and Environmental Anthropology, from UGA, before attending law school. She has been recognized as one of Nashville Post's “Law Leaders Rising,” and this is her second time as a NELA finalist in the Environment and Sustainability category.
Martin is active in several organizations that focus on environmental issues and sustainability, including The Nature Conservancy and Urban Land Institute. She has served as an officer for Urban Green Lab and as a leader with the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. She is a director on the board of the Lawyers’ Association for Women and an intern on the board of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
“I’m honored to be a NELA finalist, particularly in this category,” Martin said. “Through this platform, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and YP Nashville are shining a spotlight on environmental and sustainability issues in Middle Tennessee, such as encouraging economic development while conserving some of the most beautiful landscape in the country. It’s really exciting.”
All NELA winners will be announced at an August 1 ceremony in Nashville.