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.

Chair
American Civil Liberties Union of...
PO BOX 120160
Nashville, TN 37212
(615)320-7142
Immediate Past Chair
Ford & Harrison LLP
150 3rd Avenue South, Suite 2010
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)574-6707
Vice-Chair
Ford Harrison LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Ste 200
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)291-1529

Justice Department Has No U.S. Attorneys in Place

Though U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has prioritized aggressive law enforcement, there is not a single U.S. attorney in place across the country one month after Sessions dismissed the remaining Obama-era U.S. attorneys, the Washington Post reports. The Justice Department also lacks many heads of top units, including civil rights, criminal and national security divisions. Filling the vacancies has been complicated by the absence of a deputy attorney general as well. Rod J. Rosenstein has been nominated but not yet confirmed for the role.
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Federal Judge Resigned from Lifetime Post to Pursue Civil Rights Cases

Former U.S. District judge Kevin Sharp of Nashville resigned his post in January to return to private practice and take on civil rights cases, the Tennessean reports. Sharp held a lifetime appointment on the bench, but had issues with certain parts of the system during his six-year tenure, such as mandatory minimum sentences. “As a lawyer I can be more proactive, I can say things I want to say,” said Sharp. “I can advocate for positions that I want to advocate for.”
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