Committee on the Judiciary

This committee was formed in 2013.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
211 Commerce St. Ste. 800
Nashville, TN 37201
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Board of Judicial Conduct Reprimands Atherton

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has publicly reprimanded Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton regarding an order he issued on Aug. 28 in a divorce case. Atherton initially denied a heterosexual couple’s request to divorce, saying it was up to the U.S. Supreme Court to define what was not a marriage after the Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges same-sex marriage case. The Dec. 18 letter says that in a meeting with the Disciplinary Counsel, Atherton indicated that he may have been in error entering the Order and that the error “could have been misunderstood by the public as undermining its confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the Judiciary…” 

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CBA Poll Results Praise Local Judges

Judges Don Poole, Barry Steelman and Tom Greenholtz received positive reviews from a recent Chattanooga Bar Association poll, the Times Free Press reports. CBA members rated each judge on their legal ability, good moral character, diligence and judicial temperament. Poole had the highest superior rating at 87 percent. 

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