Venick to receive CommunityNashville Human Relations Award on May 24

Posted on: May 4th, 2012 by The Jewish Observer

Irwin Venick

Nashville attorney Irwin Venick, who chairs the Jewish Federation of Nashville’s Community Relations Committee, is among this year’s recipients of CommunityNashville’s Human Relations Award.

He will receive the award at the organization’s 41st Annual Human Relations Award Dinner, set for Thurs., May 24, at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.  The award recognizes area leaders for their work in human rights. 

This year’s recipients also include V. H. “Sonnye” Dixon, senior pastor of Hobson United Methodist Church in Nashville; Lady Bird, current board chair of The Nashville Food Project and president of Tennessee International Women’s Forum; and Linda and Jim Zralek, in recognition of their lifelong work to promote human rights and social justice.

Venick, a member and past president of The Temple – Congregation Ohabai Sholom, is a partner in the Nashville law firm of Dobbins, Venick, Kuhn & Byassee.  He has worked behind the scenes to fight bias and bigotry in our community.  His law practice has focused on employment discrimination and health care.  In one of his employment cases, the U.S. Supreme Court established a new legal standard for the evaluation of sexual harassment claims.

He has and continues to serve as a board member of agencies which provide or support access to health care. Venick also is a participant of the Circle of Friends, an interfaith group that has been working to foster dialogue between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Nashville.

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