The Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award
The Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award was established in 1989, on the 10th anniversary of the founding of the AWA, to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to women in the legal profession. The award originally was designated the “Frances Grant Loring Award,” and the recipient was Frances Grant Loring in recognition of her courage, vision, humor, faith and dedication. At Ms. Loring's request, the award was designated the “Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award” in honor of the first woman elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
the Honorable Claudia Haltom
2018 Marion Griffin-Frances Loring
Past Marion Griffin-Frances Loring Award Recipients
1989 Frances Grant Loring
1990 The Honorable Martha Craig "Cissy" Daughtrey
1991 Gail O. Mathes
1992 The Honorable Julia S. Gibbons
1993 The Honorable Karen R. Williams
1994 The Honorable Bernice B. Donald
1995 Blanchard E. Tual
1996 The Honorable Penny J. White
1997 Dorothy J. Pounders
1998 Ellen B. Vergos
1999 The Honorable Janice M. Holder
2000 Veronica F. Coleman
2001 The Honorable Carol J. Chumney
2002 Linda L. Holmes
2003 The Honorable Kay Spalding Robilio
2004 Susan Clark
2005 The Honorable Rita L. Stotts
2006 Barbara Zoccola
2007 Amy J. Amundsen
2008 Ruby R. Wharton
2010 Professor Janet L. Richards
2011 The Honorable Donna M. Fields
2012 Amy P. Weirich
2013 The Honorable Paulette J. Delk
2014 Linda Warren Seely
2015 The Honorable Holly Kirby
2016 Maureen Holland
2017 Mary Wolff
Originally from Marion County Tennessee, and now a longtime Memphis resident, Claudia Haltom has built a prolific resumé over the years having been a former Judicial Magistrate for Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court, an Assistant County Attorney for Shelby County Government and the Primary Attorney for the Health Department, Juvenile Court and Shelby County Board of Education. Before that, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Judge Charles Nearn of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. She also served as Special Chancellor for Shelby County Chancery Court and worked within the world of academia as a member of the adjunct faculty at Rhodes College where she coordinated legal seminars. Today, she is CEO and founder of the nonprofit, A Step Ahead Foundation, dedicated to providing long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC), such as implants, to prevent unintended pregnancies.
After 17 years as a Juvenile Court Judicial Magistrate, Ms. Haltom took early retirement to seek a solution to unplanned teen pregnancy, which she sees as believes is one of the root causes of poverty in our state. A Step Ahead was formed in 2011. Before that, women and especially teens did not have easy access to effective methods of long acting, reversible birth control. By paying for the most effective methods of birth control, A Step Ahead Foundation intends to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for women. Furthermore, by encouraging birth spacing, it will increase positive pregnancy outcomes for the mother and the child, lower infant mortality, and decrease poverty by reducing economic strain.
Since its beginnings, A Step Ahead has provided birth control for more than 5700 women and has provided half a million dollars in scholarships so that women can focus on their education instead of worrying about unwanted pregnancies.
Ms. Haltom’s awards as related to her work with A Step Ahead include: Women of Achievement Determination Award, 2016; Common Table Health Alliance Population Health Impact Leader, 2016; Girls Inc. of Memphis BOLD Award, 2016; and Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association Humanitarian Award, 2016. She also was the recipient of The Tennessee Medical Association Community Service Award, 2015; The Memphis Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award, 2015; and The Tennessee Bar Association Public Service Award, 2015.