Candidates Selected for 2 Appeals Court Vacancies

The Judicial Nominating Commission this weekend selected candidates for Middle and Western division appellate court vacancies, giving the governor two panels of nominees for each. Since the commission was not authorized to operate after June 30, it held hearings in Nashville and Jackson on Friday and Saturday, then named the panels. Learn more about the candidates on the AOC website.

For the Court of Appeals, Western Grand Division, the commission selected Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers of Memphis, Brandon O. Gibson with Pentecost & Glenn in Alamo and Chancellor Arnold B. Goldin of Memphis for the first panel. The second panel consists of Frank S. Cantrell with Memphis Area Legal Services, Dale Conder Jr. with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell in Jackson and Hubert Bailey Jones of Dyersburg.

For the Court of Appeals, Middle Grand Division, the commission selected Circuit Court Judge Robert L. Holloway Jr. of Columbia, William Neal McBrayer with Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada in Nashville and former Cracker Barrel lawyer Forrest Shoaf of Lebanon. The second panel consists of Christina Henley Duncan with Rogers, Duncan & North in Manchester, Linda W. Knight with Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin in Nashville and Kathryn Ann Stephenson with Corrections Corporation of America in Nashville.

The Chattanoooga Times Free Press looks at the uncertain future facing these vacancies and others than might come up in the next year.