TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Aug 25, 2014

A recent article in the Tennessee Journal suggests that a number of Republican lawyers are “eyeing the possibility of becoming the first Tennessee attorney general to carry the party’s label since Reconstruction.” Among those being mentioned as challengers to AG Robert Cooper are Bill Young, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts; Herbert Slatery, counsel to the governor; state Sen. Doug Overbey; Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris; Tom Lawless, chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Judicial Appointments; and Safety Commissioner and former Memphis district attorney Bill Gibbons. Of the group, only Overbey has said he plans to apply, according to the journal. Knoxnews reporter Tom Humphrey also looks at the topic, suggesting that the justices likely will have to evaluate attorney general candidates through a political lens and select the applicant in their best political interest.