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.

Leitner Williams Dooley &...
414 Union Street, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604

Proposed Nashville Courthouse in Jeopardy

Tennessee’s congressional delegation is pleading with House leaders to fund the proposed $182 million Nashville courthouse, even as gridlock over budget negotiations threatens to delay the project for at least another year. “Conditions have been deteriorating in federal courthouses for decades. Nowhere is this more apparent than Nashville, where we've reached a critical situation," the members argue in a letter to leaders, the Nashville Business Journal reports. Although the courthouse proposal has cleared major funding hurdles this year, if a budget agreement is not reached by Dec. 11, the project will be in jeopardy.

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Study says Roberts Favors Justices When Assigning Major Decisions

A new study says U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. plays favorites when assigning the court’s most important decisions. “Not surprisingly, Roberts calls his own number more than anyone else’s and assigns the second-highest number to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the pivotal justice on the ideologically divided court,” The Washington Post writes about the new study published in the Harvard Law Review. The article also says Roberts pays "little regard to seniority" in assigning major decisions. 

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