Federal Judge Curtis Collier will be moving to new and improved quarters soon as Chief Federal Judge Allan Edgar takes senior status.
Judge Collier will be moving from offices and courtroom on the Federal Building's first floor to the spacious ornate courtroom on the third floor as he becomes the senior judge.
Judge Edgar, who turns 65 this week, will be honored by court colleagues and local attorneys at a luncheon on Friday.
It will be at the Convention Center in Ballroom E at noon.
Tickets are available through the Chattanooga Bar Association at $25 each.
Judge Edgar will keep a full caseload until hearings are held by the U.S. Senate on U.S. Attorney Sandy Mattice for a judgeship here and until Mr. Mattice is confirmed.
Judge Edgar will be moving to office space on the second floor of the Federal Building.
Judge Collier is set to move upstairs Oct. 13 and 14 after new wallpaper and carpeting is installed, officials said.
Judge Edgar has served since April 29, 1985.
Here is the bio on Judge Collier:
Curtis L. Collier
United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Tennessee
Born: Marianna, Arkansas-October 4, 1949
Education: Tennessee State University (B.S. 1971); Duke University School of Law (J.D. 1974).
Judge Collier was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee by President Clinton on May 8, 1995.
Judge Collier began his legal career in 1974 as an Assistant Attorney with the Judge Advocate Staff in the United States Air Force. He presently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserves. In 1979, he became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, serving in that position until 1987. From 1987 to 1995, Judge Collier held the position of Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He was appointed to the federal bench in 1995.
Judge Collier has participated in numerous professional associations, including the Arkansas Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Chattanooga Bar Association. He is also an active member of many civic organizations such as serving on the Board of Directors for the Children Advocacy Center and the Moccasin Bend Girls' Scout Council. He is a member of the NAACP, the Urban League, and the Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Judge Collier is the recipient of many honors and awards. He is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Beta Kappa Phi Scientific Honor Society.