Saturday, January 5, 2013


The Administrative Office of the Courts has received 24 applications for the seat on Judicial Nominating Commission created by the retirement of commission member Theresa Lee.

The comment period is now open and the Administrative Office of the Courts invites public comment regarding the applicants. Comments will be open until 4:30 p.m. CST Friday, January 18. The public may submit comments via email to or via mail to:

AOC/Judicial Nominating Commission
Attn: Debbie Hayes
511 Union St Suite 600
Nashville, TN 37219

After the comment period, the Lieutenant Governor will have 14 days to fill the vacancy on the commission. The newly appointed commissioner will serve out the remainder of commission member Lee’s term, which expires June 30, 2015

The applicants are:

William J. Carver, Attorney, Blount County
Carl E. Colloms, Retired, Bradley County
Duncan V. Crawford, Attorney, Blount County
John P. Dreiser, Attorney, Knox County
John E. Eldridge, Attorney, Knox County
David A. Golden, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Hawkins County
Ray H. Jenkins, Attorney, Knox County
Roger E. Jenne, Attorney, Bradley County
Edward L. Kershaw, Attorney, Greene County*
John K. King, Attorney, Knox County
McKinley S. Lundy, Jr., Associate Attorney at Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, P.C., Hamilton County
Sean W. Martin, Attorney, Hamilton County
William E. Mason, Attorney, Knox County
Dale J. Montpelier, Sr., Attorney, Knox County
Carrie O'Rear, Partner at Norton, Spangler & Cramer, P. C., Knox County
Martin L. Pierce, Attorney, Hamilton County
Rick L. Powers, Senior Attorney, Arnett, Draper and Hagood, Loudon County
Robert E. Pryor, Sr. Attorney, Pryor, Flynn, Priest & Harber, Knox County
John T. Rice, Attorney, Hamilton County
Charles Riggs, UTC Police Department/Private Process Server, Rhea County
J. Randall Shelton, Attorney, Hamblen County
William Arthur Simms, Civil Trial Lawyer, Knox County
Wanda G. Sobieski, Attorney, Knox County
Douglas C. Weinstein, Attorney, Knox County
*Application received after deadline

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