Harwell Names 2 to Judicial Nominating Commission

News release from House Speaker Beth Harwell’s office:
(June 30, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today announced the appointments of Dyersburg attorney Leo Arnold and Hohenwald attorney Michael Spitzer to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.
“Mr. Arnold and Mr. Spitzer are both uniquely qualified to serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission,” said Speaker Harwell. “They are dedicated members of the legal community, and will be able to provide insight into issues and nominees that come before the commission. Their strong commitment to the highest principles of ethical conduct will maintain the quality of our judicial branch, and I am honored they have offered to serve.”

The Judicial Nominating Commission reviews applicants for judicial vacancies on the state trial and appellate courts. From the applicants, the commission makes recommendations to the Governor, who makes an appointment to fill the vacancy. Eight of the seventeen members of the commission are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate. Eight members are appointed by the Speaker of the House, and one member is jointly appointed by the Speakers of the Senate and House.
S. Leo Arnold
Currently practicing in Dyersburg, Tennessee at Ashley, Ashley & Arnold, Leo Arnold attended the University of Mississippi and Union University, and graduated from Memphis State University in 1981 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.
He was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts and Secured Transactions in 1982. At Ashley, Ashley & Arnold, Mr. Arnold focuses on general civil practice, construction law, and property and contracts law. He is a member of the Dyer County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the Western Dredging Association.
Michael Spitzer
Michael E. Spitzer has been engaged in the practice of law in Hohenwald, Tennessee since 1984. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Memphis State University in 1981. Mr. Spitzer also holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science with concentration in Educational Psychology from University of Tennessee at Martin.
Mr. Spitzer has been involved in general practice of law since 1984, first as a partner in the firm formerly known as Keaton, Turner & Spitzer and then as a solo practitioner when he established The Spitzer Firm in 2004. Throughout his career, Mr. Spitzer has been involved in a general practice of law with focus on such areas of law as insurance defense, personal injury, business law, probate and estate, real estate, and family law.
Mr. Spitzer is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association as well as a member and on the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an organization that provides grants for organizations directly and indirectly involved in legal causes, such as crisis centers, abuse shelters, and legal aide societies. He is City Attorney for the City of Lobelville and City of Hohenwald, represents the Lewis County Board of Education, the Hohenwald Housing Authority, and is the delinquent tax attorney for Lewis County.

One thought on “Harwell Names 2 to Judicial Nominating Commission

  1. Eric Holcombe

    “…the highest principles of ethical conduct…”
    Well, hopefully they don’t have to make any kind of oath related to the state Constitution or else they won’t take the job of selecting judges for the qualified voters of the state.

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