Tony Seaton inducted into new Tri-Cities pro bono hall of fame

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 12, 2018 at 6:34 PM

Legal Aid of East Tennessee has inducted Johnson City attorney Tony Seaton into a new Tri-Cities pro bono hall of fame established in his honor.

The latest of numerous LAET awards presented to Seaton in recognition of his work to improve low-income Tennesseans access to the courts, the inaugural Tony Seaton Pro Bono Hall of Fame induction was announced at LEAT’s annual Heritage of Justice Jubilee, held Aug. 23 at the Tipton Haynes Historic Site.

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Roger Page was the keynote speaker at the event and presented LAET awards to Seaton and other Tri-Cities attorneys recognized for their pro bono service.

A sixth-generation resident of Northeast Tennessee, Seaton has been practicing law in the Tri-Cities area for nearly 40 years. He is a board-certified specialist in civil trial practice and a faculty member and co-dean of Deposition College of the Keenan Trial Institute, where he helps fellow attorneys develop state-of-the-art trial skills.

In his pro bono service, Seaton was instrumental in the establishment of the free legal clinic at Good Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City, through which local attorneys provide legal assistance to people who cannot afford legal counsel on the first Saturday of each month.

He has served on the Tennessee Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission since 2012, traveling the state to recruit other attorneys for service with free legal clinics available in most of the state's judicial districts.

Seaton is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis School of Law. He is a senior partner in the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates.

In addition to his hall of fame induction, Seaton also received the LAET’s 2017 Access to Justice Award for his work with the free legal clinic at Good Samaritan.

Others honored for their pro bono service at the Aug. 23 event include Mike Forrester, an attorney with the Hunter, Smith & Davis law firm of Kingsport, and attorney Evan Anderson of Morristown, who also received 2017 Access to Justice Awards for their work with free legal clinics in their communities.

Kabelah Bennah, a former volunteer at LAET office in Johnson City now employed as a paralegal in Atlanta, received the LAET Above and Beyond Award for volunteer case research performed for LAET lawyers

Holston Habitat for Humanity and attorneys with the legal department at Eastman Chemical Co. were honored for partnering with LAET to provide wills to protect the property of Habitat homeowners.

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