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Resolution RS2020-392

A resolution honoring the Nashville Bar Association’s 2020 Liberty Bell Award recipients.

WHEREAS, the Liberty Bell Award was established over 40 years ago to acknowledge outstanding community service, honoring those who promote understanding of the rule of law, respect for the law and the courts, or a sense of civic responsibility; and

WHEREAS, the Nashville Bar Association has awarded the 2020 Liberty Bell Award to Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson, and Juli Mosley for their outstanding work in creating Votes for Women, a permanent exhibit at the Nashville Public Library on woman suffrage and the legacy of the 19th Amendment; and

WHEREAS, this permanent exhibit will tell the pivotal role and dramatic story of Nashville’s role in winning women the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and will also provide a space to explore the core themes surrounding women’s roles, democracy, and power; and

WHEREAS, together, Margaret, Jeanie, and Juli raised over three million dollars to fund this exhibit and make their vision a reality for all Nashvillians to enjoy; and

WHEREAS, Margaret Behm founded the first all-woman law firm in Nashville, Shipley and Behm, in 1980, and is currently a partner at Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella. She also serves as General Counsel for the Metropolitan Transit Authority as well as Board Secretary; and

WHEREAS, Jeanie Nelson co-founded The Land Trust for Tennessee and led the organization as CEO for 16 years before retiring in 2016. She also served as Chief Deputy Attorney General in Tennessee and General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and

WHEREAS, Juli Mosley was the first woman to chair the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Board of Commissioners and currently serves on the Board of the Nashville Public Education Foundation; and

WHEREAS, Votes for Women is scheduled to open later this year in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment; and

WHEREAS, Nashville Bar Association President Laura Baker said the vision and dedication of Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson, and Juli Mosley will ensure the legacy of woman suffrage and Nashville’s pivotal role in ratifying the 19th Amendment is remembered by generations to come; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognize the outstanding work of Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson, and Juli Mosley.


Section 1. The Metropolitan County hereby goes on record as honoring the Nashville Bar Association’s 2020 Liberty Bell Award recipients: Margaret Behm, Jeanie Nelson, and Juli Mosley.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Kathleen Murphy, Kyonzté Toombs, Jennifer Gamble, Emily Benedict, Nancy VanReece, Tonya Hancock, Erin Evans, Ginny Welsch, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Gloria Hausser, Courtney Johnston, Tanaka Vercher, Delishia Porterfield, Sandra Sepulveda, Joy Styles, Antoniette Lee, Angie Henderson, Burkley Allen, Sharon Hurt, Zulfat Suara

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 16, 2020

AdoptedJune 16, 2020

ApprovedJune 17, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/29/2020 4:59 PM