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.

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell...
100 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 200
Johnson City, TN 37604
Immediate Past Chair
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell...
P O Box 3038
Johnson City, TN 37604
Leitner Williams Dooley &...
414 Union Street, Suite 1900
Nashville, TN 37219

U.S. Senate Approves Lynch Nomination

The five-month battle to choose President Barack Obama’s next attorney general came to a close today when the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Loretta Lynch, CNN reports. Ten Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats in the 56-43 vote to make Lynch, 55, the first African-American female attorney general in U.S. history. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, was the only senator not to vote. Lynch, a two-time U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will replace Eric Holder.

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Judge OKs Commission’s Opening Prayers

U.S. District Judge Harry Mattice has rejected a constitutional challenge to the prayers that open Hamilton County Commission meetings, though he will allow a local man to sue over his expulsion from a commission meeting. Thomas Joseph Coleman says he was forced to leave a commission meeting in July 2012 after complaining he was not allowed to deliver the opening prayer, WDEF reports.

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