Lawyers Head to Polls as Early Voting Opens

Tennessee lawyers came out in strength today on the first day of early voting in the Aug. 7 judicial, state primary and county general elections. In Memphis, over 100 representatives of the Memphis legal community gathered at the offices of Burch, Porter & Johnson, and were joined by Justice Connie Clark, Justice Sharon Lee and Chief Justice Gary Wade, to mark the beginning of the early voting period. The group was addressed by David McKinney, president of the Ben Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association, and Mary Morgan Whitfield, president of the Association of Women Attorneys, before many headed to the Shelby Election Commission to vote. TBA President Jonathan Steen was an early voter in Jackson, while TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur reported that the voting experience in Nashville took just seven minutes and 12 seconds.

In Knoxville, a committee favoring retention of the Supreme Court justices is encouraging area law firms to participate in early voting on Thursday. The group is asking law firms to allow their attorneys and staff a longer lunch break in order to vote at the City County Building early voting site. Refreshments will also be available on the patio of First Tennessee Plaza at 11:30 am, where participants can meet before voting.

Visit the TBA's 2014 Tennessee Judicial Selection Information Center to learn more.