The recipients for 2010 are:
Judge Jennie Davidson Latta, a 1978 alumna, is a graduate of the University of Memphis (BA English 1981); the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (JD 1986); and Saint Meinrad School of Theology (MA Catholic Thought and Life 2003). She practiced law in Memphis for 11 years before she was appointed in 1997 by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to a fourteen-year term as Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee. She served on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit from 2003 until 2007. She is a fellow of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Foundations, and a member and past president of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers' Guild of West Tennessee. She chairs the Public Outreach Committee of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. Jennie has been actively involved in promoting financial literacy education and bankruptcy prevention strategies in the Memphis community for a number of years. Most recently she helped to form the Memphis Bankruptcy Pro Bono Initiative, which is funded by a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy and is a collaboration between the Bankruptcy Court, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis Area Legal Services, and the Memphis Bar Association to provide free legal services to those persons who would benefit from a bankruptcy discharge but cannot afford to hire an attorney. She is an active Catholic and a member of St. Peter's Church where she serves in the choir and as a cantor and catechist for adult faith formation. She has been married to Dr. Jim Latta, a Pastoral Counselor in Memphis, for thirty years. They had six children, five of whom are living: Robert (28), Kenny (22), David (20), Evelyn (16) and Judy (14). Their second son, John, was killed in an automobile accident in 2006. Judge Latta is a breast cancer survivor and occasionally sings in the Memphis Symphony Chorus.
Mrs. Leigh Anne Roberts Tuohy is a Memphis, Tennessee native who graduated from Briarcrest in 1978 then graduated from Ole Miss with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. There Leigh Anne met Sean Tuohy, her husband of 27 years. Both were active and ambitious college students: Leigh Anne was a cheerleader, campus favorite, homecoming maid and active member of her sorority; Sean became a record-breaking SEC basketball champion and still holds several SEC assist records. They are the proud parents of daughter Collins (23) and sons Michael Oher (23) and Sean, Jr. (16). Both Collins and Michael graduated from Briarcrest in 2005. Sean, Jr. is currently a junior at BCS. Leigh Anne owns “Flair I,” an interior design firm with her mother and partner, Virginia Roberts. Her work has been featured on HGTV, in numerous publications, and she has designed for such clients as Peyton Manning, Scottie Pippin, Isaac Bruce and OJ Mayo. After recently appearing in the season finale of ABC’s Emmy-Award winning series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Leigh Anne will be joining the design team for Season 8 in the 2010-11 season. The Tuohy family is actively involved in many civic and faith-based organizations, including Grace Evangelical Church, of which they are founding members. The Tuohy family’s life, as chronicled in Lewis’ New York Times number one best-seller The Blind Side, went on to become a record-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that earned more than $300 million at the box office and became the number-one opening weekend for a sports film in history. Almost two years after The Blind Side burst onto the scene, breaking box office records and inspiring individuals nationwide, Leigh Anne continues to make an impact. In July 2010, Leigh Anne and her husband, Sean, released the New York Times best-seller, In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving, and established their charity, Making it Happen. Through both projects, Leigh Anne continues her mission to inspire hope, ignite generosity, and make it happen for the deserving, but underserved youth. At the podium, Leigh Anne inspires audiences to recognize the full potential of individuals in their community—and to find value in those who society has deemed valueless. She shares her personal Blind Side observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her as a person—and the Tuohys as a family. “He had a much greater impact on our lives than we did on his life,” says Leigh Anne.