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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Sen. Grassley Doesn’t Expect Imminent Supreme Court Vacancy

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chair of the U.S. Senate committee that handles Supreme Court nominations, said he does not expect an imminent court vacancy, Reuters reports. The statement signals that Justice Anthony Kennedy will not retire this year, despite earlier speculation. "Evidently that's not going to happen," Grassley said. "I don't have any expectation we will have a vacancy as I thought there would be" earlier this year.
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U.S. Attorney Jack Smith to Leave Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney Jack Smith announced today that he will leave the Department of Justice, the Tennessean reports. Smith said that he was not looking to leave the department, where he has been for 16 years, but another opportunity came up. He has been leading the Nashville office since David Rivera announced his resignation in March. Belmont law professor Donald Cochran was nominated in June to lead the office. His nomination is currently pending Senate confirmation.
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