4 Apply For Tennessee Circuit Court Vacancy In Nashville

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –

The circuit court vacancy in Tennessee’s 20th Judicial District has gathered 4 applicants for the position. 

After the death of Judge Philip E. Smith on September 4th, the vacancy was created.

Applicants include Nashville attorneys Tusca R.S. Alexis, Audrey Lee Anderson, and Stanley A. Kweller; as well as special master to the 4th Circuit Court in Nashville Stephanie J. Williams. 

Tusca Alexis is a lawyer serving Nashville in Criminal Law. Alexis has over 30 years of experience in Dispute Resolution, Immigration, Family Law, Criminal, and General Practice. 

View Alexis’ redacted application HERE.

Audrey Anderson focuses her practice on representing colleges and universities. She has over 30 years of experience in practice. Her practice involves advising institutions on matters related to Title IX and other investigations.

View Anderson’s redacted application HERE.

Stanley Kweller has been practicing law since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1977. A majority of his work is related to Domestic Relations. 

View Kweller’s redacted application HERE.

Stephanie Williams has been practicing law since 2004 when she was awarded the position of special master to the 4th Circuit Court by the late Philip E. Smith. 

View Williams’ redacted application HERE.

A public hearing will be held by the Trial Court Vacancy Commission on October 18 to interview the candidates, according to the Supreme Court. The hearing will be open to members of the public to allow for the expression of any objections to the applicants. 

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission operates under the authority of TCA § 17-4-301.  When there is a vacancy to be filled in the trial courts, the Commission will accept applications from qualified attorneys, interview the applicants and then recommend three candidates to the governor for consideration.

Members of the Trial Court Vacancy Commission include:

• Bradford Box, Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC- Jackson, TN

• Kim Helper, District Attorney – Franklin, TN

• Dean William C. Koch, Jr., Nashville School of Law – Nashville, TN

• Thomas W. Lawless, Lawless & Associates, P.C. – Nashville, TN

• Gilbert W. McCarter, II, McCarter | East PLLC – Murfreesboro, TN

• Harold L. “Hal” North, Jr., Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. Liberty Tower- Chattanooga, TN

• Brandon Pelizzari, Assistant District Attorney General (8th JD) – Jacksboro, TN

• David W. Purkey, TN Commissioner of Safety & Homeland Security {RTD} – Morristown, TN

• Alexander O. Waters, Long, Ragsdale & Waters, P.C. – Knoxville, TN

• Kesha Waters, CASA of the Tennessee Heartland – Knoxville, TN

Following the interviews, three names will be forwarded to Governor Bill Lee for his consideration. 

About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative  ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career.  Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others.  He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History.  Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com

One thought on “4 Apply For Tennessee Circuit Court Vacancy In Nashville

  • October 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Which are Conservative??


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