For the 25th time, the Nashville School of Law will recognize leaders in the legal community as it celebrates the silver anniversary of the Recognition Dinner, the state’s largest gathering of attorneys in Tennessee each year.
The event will honor Charles R. Niewold, a 1984 alumnus of the School, and faculty member David L. Hudson, Jr. Festivities will take place Friday, June 8 in the newly renovated Renaissance Nashville Hotel ballroom.
“The contributions these two gentlemen have made to Nashville School of Law through their combined decades of service to the School and the legal community are remarkable,” Dean William C. Koch, Jr. said. “The School, its students, and its alumni are better for having Charlie Niewold and David Hudson as a part of its institution. We look forward to celebrating them as we mark 25 years of this time-honored tradition in the legal community.”
Charles R. Niewold, Jr. practices law in Nashville. Like many students here, he was attracted by the ability to work while attending school at night. Niewold has been an active supporter of NSL for decades, and has spearheaded efforts surrounding the annual recognition for many years.
His practice on Second Avenue is just one block away from the building at 214 3rd Ave. North, which was “like a second home” to him as he embarked on his legal career with the likes of Harry Lester, Joe Loser, Don Hildebrand, John Nolan, Bill Underhill, Norman Lane, and Mike Mondelli, among many others who mentored him. He was a clerk, or – as Niewold refers to it – a runner, for the attorneys who worked together.
“If it weren’t for that group of guys in that law office, I probably would not have stayed in Nashville,” he said. Niewold is native of El Paso, Texas, and moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University.
Niewold, who most people call Charlie, spends time in his office seven days a week, often meeting with his clients on weekends, when it’s convenient for them. He has two paralegals who have worked a combined six decades for him, sharing the responsibilities for keeping up with his heavy schedule.
Niewold’s wife, Laura Goodall, is an attorney who also graduated from Nashville School of Law in 1984, the same year the two were married. Their daughter, Ann Ralls Niewold, recently became an attorney and works in Nashville. Charlie Niewold earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1980. He attends West End United Methodist Church, where he’s an usher and a greeter.
David L. Hudson, Jr. joined the faculty of Nashville School of Law in 2005 and became a member of the staff in 2014, serving since then as Director of Academic Affairs in addition to his teaching duties. He has had a profound impact on the School and its students in the 13 years of his tenure, earning the respect and trust of hundreds of students who have had him in class.
Hudson’s teachings focus on beginning and advanced legal writing and, for the last several years, bar exam preparation. He also teaches Tennessee Constitutional Law and First Amendment Law. A noted expert on First Amendment issues, Hudson recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on First Amendment protections on public college university campuses. He also serves as the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Fellow.
The entire library of Hudson’s writings – from books to online pieces – are too numerous to mention. He is the definition of a prolific writer who often appears in the law reviews and law journals, as well as general circulation newspapers and magazines.
He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Duke University. In his free time, Hudson judges boxing and mixed martial arts, and is a big sports fan. He is a native of Murfreesboro, and he and his wife, Carla, live in Nashville.
“I’d like to thank Dean Koch and the NSL Board of Trust for this honor. I appreciate every NSL student I have had the opportunity to teach,” Hudson said.
The 25th annual Nashville School of Law Recognition Dinner will be held Friday, June 8, 2018 at Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce St, Nashville, TN 37203. A reception begins at 5:30 and dinner is served at 7 p.m.