Eight Apply for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

Nashville, Tenn. – Eight West Tennessee attorneys have applied to fill the judicial vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 24, to interview the following candidates:

Mischelle Alexander-Best
Assistant Public Defender
Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
Eads, Tenn.
Richard Joseph Averwater
Managing Member
Law Offices of Richard Averwater, PLLC
Bartlett, Tenn.
J. Robert Carter, Jr.
Criminal Court Judge
30th Judicial District
Memphis, Tenn.
J. Ross Dyer
Senior Counsel & Managing Attorney for the Memphis Office
of the Tennessee Attorney General
Memphis, Tenn.
Elizabeth Garland Ingram Ergüden
Shelby County Assistant District Attorney General
30th Judicial District
Memphis, Tenn.
Roger A. Page
Circuit Court Judge
26th Judicial District
Medina, Tenn.
John D. Stevens
Law Office of John D Stevens
Huntingdon, Tenn.
James Edward Thomas
Law Office of James E. Thomas
Bartlett, Tenn.
The application for each candidate is available on our website at www.tncourts.gov.
The public hearing will be held on Monday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m. at the Supreme Court building in Jackson, Tenn. During the public hearing, attorneys and members of the public may express their approval or objections to the candidates.
Following the public hearing, the commission will interview each applicant before recommending three candidates to the governor. Members of the public are invited to attend both the public hearing and the interviews.

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