Federal Practice Section

This section was formed in 2005 to serve the needs of Tennessee attorneys whose primary practice is in the federal courts. Its purpose is to further the knowledge of its members and to act as an advocate for those attorneys.

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Nashville Judicial Nominee Appears Before Senate Panel

Eli J. Richardson appeared before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this week as it considered him for one of two vacant federal judgeships in Nashville, the Nashville Post reports. The Bass, Berry & Sims attorney introduced his family at the hearing and thanked President Donald Trump for the nomination. He faced few tough questions, other than a line of inquiry about a Rule 11 sanction he received.
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Video of Judicial Nominee Struggling Over Basic Legal Terms Goes Viral

A clip of federal judicial nominee Matthew Spencer Petersen going up for questioning against a U.S. Senate panel has gone viral, the ABA Journal reports. The video depicts Sen. John Neely Kennedy, R-Louisiana, asking Peterson about his experience. Kennedy asked Peterson to explain concepts like the Daubert standard and motion in limine. “My background is not in litigation,” Peterson said. “I haven’t had to do a deep dive.” Peterson was an associate for three years at Wiley Rein, worked as counsel to the Republican National Committee and worked for the Federal Election Commission prior to his nomination to federal court.
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