Mickey Barker, Retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice, Endorses Pam Fleenor

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Pam McNutt Fleenor, Republican candidate for Chancellor, Part 1, has received the public support and endorsement of retired Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William M. "Mickey" Barker.

"Along with business and contractual disputes, Pam's experience with difficult cases involving the most vulnerable in our community, those facing dementia, the mentally ill, and victimized children, has prepared her to serve as Chancellor," said Judge Barker. "Possessing the judicial temperament necessary to present a courtroom of respect, Pam is the most qualified candidate.
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Ms. Fleenor practices law with Duncan, Hatcher, Hixson & Fleenor, P.C. She earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law after graduating with her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"I know Pam to be a Conservative politically, but have observed her dealings to be even-handed and objective by avoiding political entanglements," said Judge Barker. "To maintain impartiality as judge, this is key."

A Chattanooga native with a broad legal background, Ms. Fleenor's legal experience includes commercial and transactional work and matters involving real estate. Having accepted Chancery Court-appointed conservatorship cases, she has championed the rights of those who cannot defend themselves.

"The privilege and honor to receive such support from his Honor, Judge Barker, is deeply humbling," said Ms. Fleenor.  "Judge Barker has observed that I am a hard worker in my private practice, and the people of Hamilton County deserve a judge with a proven, diligent work ethic."

Ms. Fleenor and her husband Phillip have been married for 23 years. They have two children: Griff, who attends Hampden-Sydney College, and Michelle, a senior at GPS who will be heading to Washington & Lee University in the fall.

Early voting for the Hamilton County Chancellor, Part 1, begins April 16 with election day on May 6.

Here is the endorsement letter from Judge Barker: 

Friends and Colleagues,

I have known Pam McNutt Fleenor since she was a member of my Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church. Pam is a graduate of UTC and a recipient of the prestigious Chapin-Thomas Scholarship to the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. Pam is an excellent lawyer and possesses all of the qualities required of a good judge. Pam has the key essential trait, the judicial temperament, required of a Chancellor.

Pam is a good listener, and will apply the law fairly and impartially to each case. Pam also has the compassion and patience needed to determine the special cases brought in Chancery Court, involving the most vulnerable members of our community— children in adoption or child custody proceedings and our elderly friends with dementia facing conservatorship.

In the role as Chancellor, there is no room for politics nor partisan pandering. I know Pam to be a Conservative, but I also know her to be even-handed, very objective and possessing the temperament to avoid political entanglements. Chancellor Brown has demonstrated these valuable qualities. His successor should as well.

I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse Pam McNutt Fleenor as Chancellor for Hamilton County Chancery Court, Part 1.

With my best,
Mickey Barker

William M. Barker,
TN Supreme Court Justice (Retired)

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