Suzie Edwards Press Release

Posted December 21, 2017

Suzie Edwards, intake paralegal for West Tennessee Legal Services’ (WTLS’) Huntingdon Office was honored with the first annual “Steve X” award for her outstanding work promoting access to justice in West Tennessee. 

For the last forty (40) years, WTLS has provided civil legal help to low-income, vulnerable individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance in 17 West Tennessee Counties, including Carroll County.   More information about WTLS’ services, including downloadable factsheets and brochures regarding legal issues affecting senior citizens and low-income individuals, can be found at www.wtls.org.

Steve Xanthopoulos, former Executive Director of WTLS from 1988-2014, first joined WTLS in 1980 as the Managing Attorney in the Huntingdon office.  Xanthopoulos was a creative innovator in the delivery of civil legal assistance to vulnerable populations and was recognized nationally, as well as statewide, for his collaborative efforts to ensure justice for all.  Excellence was the standard by which he led.  In honor of his dedication and leadership, current Executive Director, Catherine B. Clayton, established the "Steve X" award to be given annually to a WTLS staff member whose work ethic and dedication to WTLS clients exemplifies the standard Xanthopoulos established.  According to Clayton, “The Constitution opens with its stated goal:  ‘We the People, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice  . . .’ Suzie Edwards helps makes the Constitutional promise of ‘justice for all’, as also stated in the Pledge of Allegiance,  possible for  vulnerable West Tennesseans every day. There is no one more well-deserving of Steve Xanthopoulos’ legacy to receive the first Steve X award than Suzie.”