Criminal Justice Section

The section was established to serve all elements of the criminal justice system, including state, federal and municipal prosecutors, judges with criminal jurisdiction, state and federal public defenders and those lawyers in private practice.

Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064
(615)550-2800
Immediate Past Chair
PARKERSON | SANTEL PLLC
121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615)956-7938

4 Apply for 30th District Judicial Vacancy

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission will consider four applicants when it meets on Nov. 6 in Memphis to select nominees for the Criminal Court vacancy in the 30th Judicial District, representing Shelby County. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Judge James C. Beasley Jr. The applicants are Dean DeCandia of Memphis, Robert Harris of Germantown, Jennifer J. Mitchell of Memphis and Jennifer S. Nichols of Memphis. The commission will interview the applicants at the Marriott Memphis East, 5795 Poplar Avenue. The meeting will include a public hearing starting at 9 a.m. The commission is expected to vote immediately following the interviews and forward three names to Governor Bill Haslam for his consideration.
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DSC Moves to Protect Records in Brentwood Academy Suit

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is fighting Brentwood Academy’s efforts to obtain documents, correspondence and records related to allegations made by a boy who is suing the school and other students accused of assaulting him, the Tennessean reports. The department has a statutory obligation to maintain the confidentiality of its records, a DCS spokesman told the newspaper. School officials say they should have access to the information as part of the discovery process. A court hearing on the DCS motion is scheduled for Nov. 9. 

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