Eleven Apply for Court of Appeals – Eastern Section Vacancy

October 22, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. Eleven attorneys have applied to fill the vacancy on  the Tennessee Court of Appeals Eastern Section, which serves 13 judicial districts in east Tennessee. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Court of Appeals Judge Herschel P. Franks on December 31, 2012.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting to interview the following candidates, identified below by information contained in their applications:

Brian K. Addington
Worker’s Compensation Specialist
State of Tennessee
Kingsport, Tennessee 

Esther L. Bell
Chief Executive Office
Global Intellectual Property Asset Management, PLLC
Knoxville, Tennessee 

Jerri S. Bryant
10th Judicial District
Athens, Tennessee

Jesse Dewayne Bunch
Circuit Court Magistrate
10th Judicial District
Cleveland, Tennessee

Michael A. Faulk
Solo Practice/State Senator
The Faulk Law Office
Church Hill, Tennessee

Thomas Radcliffe Frierson
3rd Judicial District
Morristown, Tennessee 

David Edward Long
Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC
Knoxville, Tennessee

Jimmie Alice Carpenter Miller
Hunter, Smith & Davis, LLP
Kingsport, Tennessee

Hugh J. Moore, Jr.
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, PC
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Sarah Yarber Sheppeard
Sheppeard and Mynatt, PLC
Knoxville, Tennessee

Daniel P. Street
County Attorney
Sullivan County
Blountville, Tennessee

The application for each candidate is available at www.tncourts.gov.

The public hearing will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 9 a.m., EST. at the Sheraton Read House Hotel, 827 Broad Street, Chattanooga. 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.