As part of its annual speaker series for the GLBT community, The Brooks Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has slated attorney-mediator Ben Papa to discuss family law issues on Thursday, March 26.

The free session will be at The Community Foundation office at 3833 Cleghorn Ave in Nashville at 5:30 p.m. with refreshments and the presentation at 6:00 p.m. There is no fee to attend. RSVP to Ava Gold at or 615-321-4939.
Papa, of Papa & Roberts, PLLC, is an attorney and mediator trained in law, psychology, and religion. A lifelong resident of Tennessee, Papa earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), a Juris Doctor from the highly ranked law school at Ohio State University, and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Papa is the only attorney-mediator in Middle Tennessee to currently hold the distinction of Advance Practitioner through the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, a national alternative dispute resolution organization.

Papa serves his clients in the areas of divorce/child custody, other family law issues, basic estate planning and probate, as well as mediation services of all kinds.

The Brooks Fund exists to protect the dignity, the safety and the health of Middle Tennessee’s GLBT community. By supporting and encouraging the development of programs, The Brooks Fund increases philanthropic options and opportunities within the GLBT community.

Created in 1995, The Brooks Fund is named for H. Franklin Books, a Vanderbilt University associate professor in the Department of French and Italian, faculty sponsor for the first lesbian and gay student organization on campus, and an instrumental leader in the dialogue that eventually helped include gays and lesbians in Vanderbilt’s anti-harassment policy in the late 1980s.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 695 charitable funds. In the past 17 years, The Community Foundation has distributed $408 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, in Nashville.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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