News release from the lieutenant governor’s office:
(September 6, 2011, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of attorney Forrest Shoaf to the Post-Conviction Defender Oversight Commission.
“Forrest Shoaf is an attorney, an executive and a military veteran,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “I’m confident the breadth and depth of his experience and insight will immediately enrich this commission and ensure that justice is being served by the office of the Post-Conviction Defender.”
A graduate of West Point, Shoaf served 12 years of active duty in the United States Army retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before beginning his career in law and business.
Shoaf currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association (NRA).
Prior to joining Cracker Barrel, Shoaf served as Managing Director of Investment Banking for Avondale Partners, LLC. Shoaf has also been an investment banker with J.C. Bradford and was a law partner at the firm Bass, Berry & Sims. (Note: Nathan Bedford Forrest Shoaf also made a brief run for Congress back in the 2002 Republican primary won by Marsha Blackburn.)
The Post-Conviction Defender Commission is an independent agency that was created to oversee the operating budget of the post-conviction defender. The oversight commission’s duties are administrative in nature and do not include assisting the post-conviction defender in providing legal representation.