10 Apply for Court of Appeals Western Section Opening

June 19, 2013

The Judicial Nominating Commission will consider ten applicants when it meets later this month in Jackson to select nominees for the upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Court of Appeals Western Section.

The opening is the result of Court of Appeals Judge Alan E. Highers informing Gov. Bill Haslam that he will retire at the end of his term, August 31, 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 candidates are:

Frank S. Cantrell
Deputy Director/General Counsel
Memphis Area Legal Services
Memphis

Robert Lawson Childers
Presiding Judge, Circuit Court
30th Judicial District
Memphis

Dale Conder, Jr.
Partner
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell
Jackson

Brandon Owen Gibson
Attorney/Partner
Pentecost & Glenn, PLLC
Alamo

Arnold B. Goldin
Chancellor
30th Judicial District
Memphis

William H. Haltom, Jr.
Attorney/Partner: Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell
Memphis

Rhynette Northcross Hurd
Co-founder
Ridder Hurd PLLC
Memphis

Hubert Bailey Jones
Private Practice
Dyersburg

Melissa Ann Maravich
Member
Burch, Porter & Johnson
Memphis

Lawrence A. Pivnick
Faculty Ombudsperson
University of Memphis
Memphis

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Saturday, June 29 in Jackson at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1770 Highway 45 Bypass,to interview and hear public comments regarding the 10 applicants. A public hearing will start at 9 a.m. and be followed by individual interviews of all the candidates.

The commission is expected to make their selections immediately following the interviews. They will send two slates, each with three names, to the governor for his consideration.

Completed applications of all the candidates can be foundby clicking on their names above.