TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Sarah Hayman on Mar 2, 2012


Efforts to redefine how Tennessee Supreme Court judges are chosen, along with moves to bring judicial oversight into the legislative sphere, would seem to show a certain disdain for the third branch of government by members of the second.

On a lesser scale, that’s sometimes echoed by the general public, which often mistrusts the courts and those who work within them.

This state of affairs needs to be addressed, at least according to the judges and attorneys who make up the Tennessee Judicial Conference and Tennessee Bar Association. To that end, they have created the Gaining Access to Valuable Education about the Legal System, or GAVELS, program.

What GAVELS does is basically send volunteer practicing and retired attorneys and judges into the community to speak to civic organizations and other interested groups. The goal is to provide a shorter version of the civics classes that once were taught in Tennessee schools, says Robert Murrian, a mediator and arbitrator with Reeves, Herbert & Murrian and a retired judge...

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