Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Timothy R. Discenza Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

March 21, 2012

From the American College of Trial Lawyers

Timothy R. Discenza has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. 

The induction ceremony at which Mr. Discenzabecamea Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 614 persons during the recent 2012  Spring Meeting of the College in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship. 

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,838 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial

Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. 

Mr. Discenza is the Disciplinary Counsel for the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary and has served in that capacity since July 1st, 2010. Prior to that time Mr. Discenza served for 33 years with the United States Department of Justice and retired as Senior Litigation Counsel in 2010. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of the University of Memphis School of Law.