Bredesen Names Daughter to Replace Father as Judge

Gov. Phil Bredesen Friday named Amy V. Hollars to replace her father, John A. Turnbull, as a Circuit Court judge in Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties.

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“Amy Hollars has developed extensive civil trial experience in her career, and I’m confident her skills, education and practice experience will serve her well in this capacity,” said Bredesen.  “I am pleased to appoint Amy to this seat, and I appreciate her willingness to serve the citizens of the Thirteenth Judicial District.” 
Hollars previously served as a solo practitioner in Overton County as well as attorney for the City of Livingston from October 2007 through October 2008.  She is a former partner in the Knoxville firm Hodges, Doughty and Carson. 
“I’m honored to receive this appointment and appreciate the confidence Governor Bredesen has shown in me,” Hollars said.  “I look forward to working with the litigants, attorneys and the public at large, and I will endeavor to do the work of a trial judge with integrity, fairness and diligence.”
Hollars was appointed as special circuit court judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District by Governor Bredesen in October 2008 after Judge Turnbull submitted a notice of physical disability.  Tennessee law provides a process for the appointment of a special temporary judge in the event sickness or disability prevents a state judge from carrying out his or her duties.
Hollars, 42, holds degrees from the University of the South and Vanderbilt University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. She and her husband James Hollars have three children.

3 thoughts on “Bredesen Names Daughter to Replace Father as Judge

  1. CookevilleLawyer

    The Governor had three folks to choose from in filling this vacancy on a CIVIL bench:
    Judge Hollars, who has actually been on the bench in question for a year, former Judge Sells, who was a CRIMINAL court judge, and Wes Bray, a rising young attorney. Given those choices and the fact that the seat will be up for election the next cycle, it appears a prudent choice.

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