GAVELS Speakers Bureau

DistrictCounty(ies)PositionContact InfoAdditional Info
20DavidsonAttorneyThomas Hayden Lee
Frost Brown Todd LLC
150 3rd Ave So Ste 1900
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: (615)251-5575
Fax: (615)251-5551
20DavidsonAttorneyJacqueline Belle Dixon
Weatherly McNally & Dixon PLC
424 Church St Suite 2260
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615)986-3377
Fax: (615)635-0018
20DavidsonAttorneySean Lewis
Law Offices of Sean Lewis, PLLC
5010 Linbar Drive, Suite 169
Nashville, TN 37211-5064
Phone: (615)646-6002
Fax: (866)495-1214
20DavidsonAttorneyCatherine Yvonne Brockenborough
6440 Lee Ave
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-8119
Phone: (615)260-0002
20DavidsonAttorneyKevin Balkwill
TN Board Professional Responsibility
10 Cadillac Drive, Ste. 220
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: (615)695-0943
20DavidsonAttorneyThomas Bryant Norris
Thomas B. Norris Jr
P.O. Box 330610
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615)321-5594
Fax: (615)242-4232
0StatewideJudgeJanice M Holder
Private Legal Solutions
P O Box 3244
Memphis, TN 38173-0244
Phone: (901)527-3765
20DavidsonJudgePaul G. Summers
Jason Foundation
258 Windsor Terrace Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
Phone: (615)557-4577
Fax: (615)264-0188
20DavidsonJudgeHon. Frank G Clement
Tennessee Court of Appeals
401 Seventh Ave N #215
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615)741-2206
Fax: (615)741-9880
20DavidsonJudgeRobert Wiley Wedemeyer
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals
401 7th Ave. N., Ste 211
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615)532-7967
Fax: (615)741-9880
20DavidsonJudgeHamilton Virgil Gayden
20th Judicial District Circuit Court
1 Public Sq Ste 502
Nashville, TN 37201-5002
Phone: (615)862-5901
20DavidsonJudgeHon. Carol Louise McCoy
780 Harpeth Trace Drive
Nashville, TN 37221
Phone: (615)862-5700
Fax: (615)862-5702
20DavidsonJudgeWilliam E Higgins
Metro General Sessions Court
408 2nd Ave N Po Box 196300
Nashville, TN 37219-6300
Phone: (615)862-8313
Fax: (615)862-8308
20DavidsonJudgeMonte Dwight Watkins
20th Judicial District Criminal Court, Div. V
408 2nd Ave N
Nashville, TN 37201-1201
Phone: (615)880-3404
Fax: (615)880-3423

20DavidsonAttorneyJack Akin Butler
Butler & Associates
12 Redbud Drive
Nashville, TN 37215-2423
20Davidson, Williamson, Montgomery, DicksonAttorneyJulie Dyess
Realty Title & Escrow
5111 Maryland Way Ste 101
Brentwood, TN 37027-7513
Phone: (931)896-2533
Fax: (855)397-9901

The Tennessee Bar Associations' Public Education Committee’s GAVELS Program is working to educate Tennesseans about the legal system, including significant foundational topics such as Separation of Powers, The Rule of Law, a Fair and Impartial Judiciary and Judicial Selection.

GAVELS is seeking judges and lawyers interested volunteering to speak to civic and other groups about these or related topics. Training and materials are provided for volunteers. 

Individuals interested in volunteering can watch the brief video below that provides additional information about GAVELS, the process of registering and the many resources that are available for presenters.

To register as a volunteer speaker or to obtain additional information about the GAVELS program, please contact Katharine Heriges, Public Education & Young Lawyers Division Coordinator at or (615) 383-7421. 


GAVELS Volunteer Registration

GAVELS is seeking judges and lawyers throughout the state to speak to a variety of groups, such as schools, seniors, business and civic clubs, to name a few. Presentation topics, length and format may be adapted based on volunteer interest and the needs of the audience. 

Individuals interested in volunteering as part of the GAVELS Speakers Bureau are invited to complete a "Volunteer Registration Form" and return it to Katharine Heriges via email at or via fax at (615) 297-8058. 


GAVELS Volunteer Registration Form

GAVELS Program Materials

These resource materials were selected from a variety of sources and should provide volunteer speakers with a wide range of topic options for presentations.  Some topics most relevant to "the Judicial System in Action" include the Rule of Law, a fair & impartial judiciary, Judicial Selection Process and separation of powers. Speakers will be able to tailor the presentation topics that are specifically requested or to points of interest relevant to the local community and rely upon these resources as a guide. 

Law Rules Materials - Memphis Bar Association

Q&A - Fair and Impartial Courts

DRI Judicial Task Force Report

Article-Remarks on Judicial Independence by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The Tennessee Plan - Keeping the Influence of Politics and Money Out of Our Courts 

Sample Presentations:
Option 1 - A History of Judicial Independence 
Option 2 - Consitutional Protections of Judicial Independence
Option 3 - Judicial Independence, the Rule of Law and the Importance of Litigation in America 

Requesting a GAVELS Speaker

The GAVELS Speakers Bureau offers presentations designed to explain, in everyday language, just how your judicial system works. Topics are available to fit the interests of any organization and presentations can be adapted from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the needs of the group. 

To request a speaker, you may contact Katharine Heriges at or 615-383-7421, or you may directly contact a judge or lawyer from our list of speakers found by clicking the desired county on the map below.



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