Community Outreach/Boards and Commissions

Firm’s Pro Bono Service Honored by Tennessee Supreme Court

(l-r) Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeff Bivins, Margaret L. Behm, Tyler Chance Yarbro, Candi Henry, Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark

The Tennessee Supreme Court held its annual “Attorneys for Justice” Middle Tennessee awards ceremony at Belmont University College of Law on October 18, 2017.  The event recognizes lawyers, law students, and law firms for achievements in pro bono service.

Dodson Parker attorneys Margaret L. Behm, Donald Capparella, Candi Henry, and Tyler Chance Yarbro have each been named 2017 Attorneys for Justice based upon their pro bono service during the calendar year 2016.  The firm as a whole also received recognition for the fourth year in a row, reflecting an average of more than 50 hours of pro bono service per attorney in the firm.



Jillian Mastroianni Speaks at Murfeesboro Estate Planning Council

Jillian Mastroianni was the featured speaker at the August 16 meeting of the Murfreesboro Estate Planning Council.  Jillian led a discussion on updates in the law of probate and estate planning and offered tips and best practices. The Council consists of Murfreesboro-area attorneys, trust advisors, and other professionals who focus on estate planning matters.

Mastroianni focuses her practice on estate planning, real estate law, and business entities.

Capparella Presents CLE to benefit Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

On August 9, Donald Capparella presented another installment of his popular Continuing Legal Education Seminar on ethics to benefit the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. The CLE featured professional actors from the internationally-renowned Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Actors re-enacted scenes from some of Shakespeare’s plays to bring to life some of the most famous ethical dilemmas, which can still arise in today’s legal environment. Area lawyers who attended were challenged to apply the modern Rules of Professional Conduct to the timeless ethical quandaries presented by “the Bard.”

The CLE was presented at Cumberland University in Lebanon. Capparella is pictured with Travenia Holden of Holden Law Offices and Nashville-based actor Brian Russell.


Behm Speaks on Nashville School of Law Professionalism Panel

During the July 27, 2017 orientation for new students at Nashville School of Law, Margaret L Behm served as a panelist for a discussion on professionalism in the field of law. She is pictured below with fellow panelist Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr., Presiding Judge, Middle Section, Tennessee Court of Appeals.

Behm Delivers Speech to JSA Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The JSA Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1982, held its annual scholarship luncheon on May 10, 2017.  Margaret L. Behm, a founding board member of the organization, spoke to recognize the scholarship participants and honor Dr. June S. Anderson, who established the scholarships to encourage women who are returning to school to pursue nontraditional fields of study such as science, engineering, and business administration. The JSA Foundation Scholarships enable women to attend Middle Tennessee State University. The school’s Center for Women and Nontraditional Students is named in honor of June Anderson.

Nashville Bar Foundation Fellows Dinner Honors Professionalism, Charitable Contributions

The Nashville Bar Foundation’s annual Fellows dinner was held March 11 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.2016 NBF FEllows dinner2 At this year’s dinner, Mayor Megan Barry presented the group’s highest honor to Nashville attorney Hal Hardin.

The Nashville Bar Foundation’s Fellows Program was established to recognize bar members who foster devotion to client service and the public interest.  The Nashville Bar Foundation issues grants and support awards to support community affairs, diversity programs, and free and reduced legal services to those in need.

Firm members Margaret Behm, Harlan Dodson, Paul Parker, Donald Capparella, and Tyler Yarbro have been inducted as Fellows of the organization.

Legal Aid Society Kicks off 2017 Campaign for Equal Justice; Firm Joins 2017 Leadership Cabinet


Representatives of the 2017 Legal Aid Leadership Cabinet

The Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands kicked off its annual fundraising initiative, the Campaign for Equal Justice, at a luncheon on Thursday, March 9.

The kickoff luncheon also celebrated the efforts of law firms, attorneys and community partners in advancing the work of Legal Aid Society, including the 2016 Leadership Cabinet – a group of 45 Nashville-area law firms and in-house legal departments that have committed to giving $400 per attorney.   Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella, PC is pleased to join the Leadership Cabinet for the eighth consecutive year.

Capparella Leads CLE Benefit in Jackson

Donald Capparella led the continuing legal education seminar, “A Comedy of Ethics” in Jackson, Tennessee on March 3.  The program, which used the plays of William Shakespeare to teach principles in legal ethics, served as a benefit for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and the Lawyers’ Association for Women–Anne Schneider Chapter.  The seminar was also sponsored by West Tennessee Legal Services.

Capparella was joined by the Honorable J. Steven Stafford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Honorable James F. Butler, Chancellor for the 26th Judicial District, and Jackson attorney Catherine Clayton.

Sitgreaves to Co-Chair Circuit & Chancery Court Committee

Elizabeth Sitgreaves, along with Nashville attorney Bart Pickett,  has been named Co-Chair of the Nashville Bar Association’s Circuit and Chancery Committee for the 2017 calendar year.   The group monitors activity of the Chancery and Circuit Courts of Davidson County and makes recommendations regarding improvements in these courts.  The Committee also functions as a liaison between the courts and the local trial bar.

Sitgreaves was appointed to the position by the President of the Nashville Bar Association.  She has previously chaired the NBA’s Appellate Practice Committee.

Mastroianni Trains Vanderbilt Law Students to Help Veterans with Legal Needs

Mastroianni-264247--resizedJillian Mastroianni led a training Vanderbilt Law students at the school’s legal clinic serving veterans. The January 31 program provided instruction on estate planning services for veterans.  Through their clinic work, the Vanderbilt Law students provide legal services to low-income patients at Nashville’s VA Hospital.

Mastroianni focuses her practice on estate planning, real estate law, and business entities.  Mastroianni co-authors, along with Harlan Dodson, the Introduction to Estate Planning and Administration in Tennessee textbook, a source of reference for attorneys throughout the state