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

New Magistrate Sworn in, Starts This Week

Christopher H. Steger has been appointed to the position of U.S. magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the Times Free Press reports. Steger was sworn in Sunday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan during a private ceremony at the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Chattanooga. He will take office Thursday.

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Poll: Public Supports Supreme Court Term Limits, Camera Access

Public support for life tenure for U.S. Supreme Court justices is decreasing, while the notion of allowing cameras in the court is more popular than ever, according to a new poll sponsored by C¬SPAN that was released Tuesday. Only 40 percent of adults agree with the Constitution’s requirement of lifetime appointments according to the poll, compared to 48 percent in 2010. Seventy-nine percent favor 18-year terms for justices, with the possibility of reappointment. A Reuters poll also released this week found 66 percent of respondents favoring 10-year limits for justices. The National Law Journal has more (sub. req.).

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