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.

121 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Immediate Past Chair
Pratt Aycock, PLLC
705 Gate Lane, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37909
Immediate Past Chair
Schell & Oglesby, LLC
509 New Highway 96 W Ste 201
Franklin, TN 37064

California Set to Get its 1st Latino AG

California Gov. Jerry Brown has picked U.S. House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, to be the state’s next attorney general, the Los Angeles Times reports. If confirmed by both houses of the state legislature, Becerra would be the state’s first Latino attorney general and would succeed Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate. Becerra, 58, has served 12 terms in Congress. He previously worked in the civil division of the state attorney general’s office.

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Public Defender Sought for 24th Judicial District

Twenty-fourth Judicial District Public Defender Guy Wilkinson is retiring on Dec. 31. To fill the vacancy, the state is seeking applicants to serve until the next biennial election in 2018. Applicants must have an active Tennessee law license, have lived in the state for five years and have lived in the district for one year. Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter to Counsel to the Governor Dwight Tarwater at State Capitol, 1st Floor, 600 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37243 or by email to by 5 p.m. CST on Dec. 30. Read the job announcement. The 24th District serves Decatur, Henry, Carroll, Benton and Hardin counties.

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