LAW DAY 2014
In recognition of the approaching 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters" calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges that remain to ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.
CHATTANOOGA BAR ASSOCIATION
Presents The Annual Law Day, USA Celebration
Law Day LUNCHEON 2014
Honored Featured Speaker
DR. FRED GRAY
Veteran Civil Rights Attorney, Alabama
Veteran civil rights attorney Fred Gray's legal career began in the midst of America's modern day civil rights movement. Gray began his legal career as a sole practitioner, less than a year out of law school, and at age twenty-four, he represented Mrs. Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus, the action that initiated the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray was also Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first civil rights lawyer. This was the beginning of a legal career that now spans over forty-five years.
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Marriott at the Chattanooga Convention Center
$45.00 CBA Members (Price includes lunch and .50 Hour DUAL CLE Credit)
$55.00 CBA Members (includes Dr. Gray's Book, "Bus Ride To Justice", lunch and .50 CLE Credit)
Liberty Bell Award
Hamilton County Herald
LEXUS of Chattanooga
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel
Chattanooga Bar Foundation
City of Chattanooga
Duncan Hatcher Hixson & Fleenor
Federal Bar Association
The Justices Ray L. Brock, Jr. and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court
A Special Thank You to all the sponsors!
Get To Know Your
Judicial, District Attorney, Public Defender and Court Clerk
HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
The Purpose of this information on our website is to help educate voters on how to make independent, informed decisions about candidates for public office. However, it can sometimes be hard to decide among judicial candidates because most voters do not know much about their local judges. This is because most citizens do not routinely interact with judges in their communities, so they tend to know very little about how judges conduct themselves in the course of doing their jobs. In addition, state rules do not allow judicial candidates to discuss their views on controversial issues because judges must be impartial on the bench; if they discuss their personal beliefs, they might appear to be prejudiced toward a particular viewpoint.
SOME SAMPLES QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT A JUDICIAL CANDIDATE:
- As an attorney, has the candidate handled a variety of cases such as tax law, divorce, etc.?
- If the candidate is a judge, has he/she presided over a variety of trials?
- What is the opinion of practicing attorneys and/or the local bar association regarding the candidate?
- Is the candidate considered impartial?
- Does the candidate possess a deep commitment to the law?
To learn about candidates for judge in your area, read their campaign literature, attend candidates’ forums, or invite them to speak to your group or organization. Talk to people who know the candidates, such as your attorney.
INFORMATION SOURCES on VOTING and ELECTIONS
Hamilton County Election Commission
Administrative Office of the Courts
Tennessee Secretary of State
National Association of Women Judges’ “Informed Voters – Fair Judges” Project
League of Women Voters
HAMILTON COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION
MAY 2014 BALLOT
CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1-4
DIVISION 1 CANDIDATES:
J. B. Bennett
Catherine Cate White
DIVISION 2 CANDIDATE:
Judge Jeff Hollingsworth
DIVISION 3 CANDIDATE
Judge L. Marie Williams
Judge W. Neil Thomas, III
CHANCERY COURT CHANCELLOR - PART 1 & 2
PART 1 CANDIDATES
Pam McNutt Fleenor
Joe E. Manuel
PART 2 CANDIDATE
Judge Jeff Atherton
CRIMINAL COURT JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 - 3
Judge Barry Steelman - Division 1
Judge Rebecca Stern - Division 2
Judge Don Poole - Division 3
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
CRIMINAL COURT CLERK
JUVENILE COURT JUDGE
Yolanda E. Mitchell
Judge Rob Philyaw
CHATTANOOGA CITY JUDGE - DIVISIONS 1 & 2
Judge Sherry Paty - Division 1
Judge Russell Bean - Division 2
Chattanooga Bar Association
Friday, March 7, 2014
Hamilton County Commission
Hamilton County Courthouse
Honorable Edward A. “Butch” Snyder
Ralph Russell Armstrong
John Lee, III
J. Guy Beatty, Jr.
Pro Bono Night
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bessie Smith Hall
Doors open at 5:30.
This year, LAET will feature, for the first time ever,
co-hosts Chancellor Frank Brown and Judge Jaqueline Bolton.
We hope you can join Legal Aid of East Tennessee to honor the work all volunteer attorneys have done this past year in Chattanooga.
More information and award announcements will follow.