Commission picks nominees for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals

A state panel nominated two Memphis judges and a Memphis attorney to a vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court that will occur next year with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Janice M. Holder, reports the Commercial Appeal.

The Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments submitted the three nominees to Gov. Bill Haslam following a day of interviews and a public hearing in Nashville Wednesday.

The Supreme Court nominees are Shelby County Criminal Court Judge Christopher B. Craft, 62; Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Holly M. Kirby, 57; and John Brook Lathram, 66, a partner in the Memphis office of Bass, Berry & Sims.

On Tuesday in Jackson, the commission also chose three nominees to succeed Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge David R. Farmer of Jackson, whose retirement from the court’s West Tennessee section is effective — like Holder’s — next Sept. 1.

Nominees for that vacancy are Shelby County Chancellor Kenny W. Armstrong, 65; Jackson attorney Brandon O. Gibson, 38, and Memphis attorney Dorothy J. Pounders, 67.

Note: The AOC has posted the applications submitted by the Supreme Court nominees. Christopher Bright Craft’s is HERE; Holly M. Kirby HERE; and John Brook Lathram HERE.

Links to the Court of Appeals nominees are available HERE.