The Nashville School of Law recognized three leaders in the legal community at its 24th annual Recognition Dinner June 9 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Alumni Mary Frances Rudy and Larry R. Williams are graduate honorees and the Honorable Robert E. Corlew, III is faculty honoree.

Following a reception where nearly 500 alumni, supporters, and members of the legal community mingled, Dinner Committee Chairman Charlie Niewold (1984) kicked off the evening’s festivities. Judge Sam Coleman (1989), newly appointed General Sessions judge in Davidson County, gave the invocation.

After dinner, Dean William C. Koch, Jr. introduced and recognized each of the award recipients:

Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III

Chancellor Corlew, of Milton, served on the faculty from 1999 to 2014, teaching law students in Negotiable Instruments, Remedies, and Secured Transactions. Corlew retired from the bench in 2014 after 30 years in the judiciary and has spent his time in leadership roles with Lions Club International, most recently serving as president of the worldwide organization.

Chancellor Corlew also has been active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Jaycees and the American Red Cross. He served on the city council in Murfreesboro and was a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. Corlew received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College and his J.D.  from St. Mary's University. Chancellor Corlew and his wife, Dianne, have five children and eight grandchildren.

Larry R. Williams

Williams is a graduate of the class of 1974 and president of the Law Office of Larry R. Williams, a Nashville firm focusing on personal injury cases, Social Security disability and business law. Williams was an instructor at the School for 22 years, teaching Local Government and Evidence. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Bar Association.

Williams earned his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and taught at Nolensville Elementary School and Northside in the early 1970’s while attending law school at night. Larry and his wife of 46 years, Marilyn, have two children and four grandchildren. His son Jonathan is also a graduate of the School.

Mary Frances Rudy

Rudy, a 1988 graduate of the School, is founder of Rudy Title and Escrow, a title insurance company that started in Nashville’s Hillsboro Village neighborhood and has now expanded to an office in East Nashville. The firm, which was established in 1999, employs more than 30 people, serves the entire state, and has closed over 45,000 real estate transactions.

Rudy is a lifelong Nashvillian and her family has a rich history in the area. Rudy’s Farm Sausage, from the family farm near today’s Opryland Hotel, was a staple throughout the south. Rudy herself helped promote the sausage, singing with her sister in their red checkered dresses. Rudy, a graduate of Two Rivers High School and Belmont University lives in Nashville with her husband, Joe, and has four children, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.