CAHA Program on Schoolfield Trial February 1

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Chattanooga Area Historical Association and the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Public Library invite all to a talk by Jerry Summers.  The event will be held on Monday, February 1, at 6pm at the downtown Public Library located at 1001 Broad Street.

According to former Hamilton County Executive Dalton Roberts, Raulston Schoolfield “was one of the best legal minds in Tennessee.” In 1958, however, Judge Schoolfield was impeached and convicted by the Tennessee State Senate on charges of bribery and extortion.

He was disbarred and removed as a County Judge but later served Hamilton County as a General Sessions judge. Mr. Summers will present the story of Judge Schoolfield’s trial and conviction...was his conviction a rush to justice?

Jerry Summers is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. He has served as President of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Mr. Summers has also served on the national boards of the American Association for Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a regular contributor of local history articles.



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