Two 2014 Appeals Court Vacancies Draw 25 Applications

News release from Administrative Office of the Courts:
Nashville, Tenn. – Three judges, one magistrate and 21 attorneys have applied to fill anticipated 2014 vacancies on the Tennessee Court of Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals.
The openings are the result of announcements by Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Cottrell and Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph Tipton that they will not seek re-election in August 2014, creating vacancies effective Sept. 1, 2014. Because statutory provisions for the Judicial Nominating Commission expire June 30, 2013, the commission will meet this month to select a slate of candidates for Gov. Bill Haslam to choose from.
…The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Thursday, June 27 in Chattanooga to interview and hear public comments regarding the 15 applicants who have applied to fill the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Friday, June 28 in Nashville to interview and hear public comments regarding the 10 applicants who have applied to fill the vacancy on the Court of Appeals Middle Division.
(The panel is still accepting applications for a third 2014 vacancy — the seat now held by West Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Alan Highers.)
Note: List of the applicants is below.

The Court of Appeals opening is for the Middle Tennessee Grand Division. The candidates are:
Christina Henley Duncan.
Rogers, Duncan & North
Manchester, Tennessee
Robert Lee Holloway, Jr
Circuit Court Judge
22nd Judicial District
Columbia, Tennessee
Robert L. Huskey
The Huskey Firm
Manchester, Tennessee
John D. Kitch
Solo Practioner
Nashville, Tennessee
Janet M. Kleinfelter
Deputy Attorney General
Office of Tennessee Attorney General
Nashville, Tennessee
Linda W. Knight
Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee
William Neal McBrayer
Attorney Member
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Nashville, Tennessee
Forrest Shoaf
Lebanon, Tennessee
Kathryn Ann Stephenson
Assistant General Counsel
Corrections Corporation of America
Nashville, Tennessee
Matthew J. Sweeney
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Nashville, Tennessee
The Court of Criminal Appeals opening is for the Eastern Tennessee Grand Division. The candidates are:
Charles Edward Atchley. Jr.
Assistant United States Attorney
Eastern District of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
William Jackson Brown
William J. Brown & Associates
Cleveland, Tennessee
Sandra N. Craig Donaghy
Deputy District Attorney
Seventh Judicial District
Clinton, Tennessee
Michael A. Faulk
Solo Practitioner
The Faulk Law Office
Church Hill, Tennessee
Mark A. Fulks
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Johnson City, Tennessee
Jason Lee Hunnicutt
Assistant District Attorney
6th Judicial District
Knoxville, Tennessee
Kenneth F. Irvine, Jr.
Assistant District Attorney General
Sixth Judicial District
Knoxville, Tennessee
Donald Marty Lasley
Solo Practioner
Law Office of D. Marty Lasley
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Samuel K. Lee
Ridenour & Ridenour Law Firm
Clinton, Tennessee
William Troy McDougal
Juvenile Court Magistrate
Hamilton County Juvenile Court
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Robert H. Montgomery, Jr.
Criminal Court Judge
Second Judicial District
Blountville, Tennessee
Boyd M. Patterson, Jr.
Assistant District Attorney General
11th Judicial District
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Porsche Lyn Shantz
Staff Attorney, Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Division
Knoxville, Tennessee
Ann Claudia Short
The Bosch Law Firm, P.C.
Knoxville, Tennessee
Thomas J. Wright
Circuit Court Judge
Third Judicial District
Greeneville, Tennessee
Completed applications of all the candidates can be found on

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