Judicial Conferences, Supreme Court Name Appointees To New Board Of Judicial Conduct

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The current Board of Judicial Conduct will sunset on June 30 and a new board will take its place on July 1, per Tennessee Public Chapter 496, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Bill Lee. Under the new law, four of the Tennessee judicial conferences appointed one or two members to the new board and the Tennessee Supreme Court appointed one member. The new board members are:

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Camille R. McMullen (Western Grand Division)

Judge McMullen was first appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2008 by Governor Phil Bredesen. She won election to a full term in that position in 2014. Judge McMullen previously served as Assistant District Attorney General in Shelby County and as Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She was appointed to the board by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

18th Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Dee David Gay (Middle Grand Division)

Judge Gay was first elected to the 18th Judicial District Criminal Court in 2006. He was reelected in 2014. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Gay was an assistant district attorney for 27 years, mostly in Sumner County. He is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Judge Gay is a member of the current board and was appointed by the Tennessee Trial Judges Association.

11th Judicial District Chancellor Jeffrey M. Atherton (East Grand Division)

Chancellor Atherton was elected to the 11th Judicial District Chancery Court in 2010 and reelected in 2014. He was in private legal practice before becoming a judge. Chancellor Atherton is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is new to the board and was appointed by the Tennessee Trial Judges Association.

Stewart County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge G. Andrew Brigham (Middle Grand Division)

Judge Brigham joined the bench as a General Sessions and Juvenile Court judge in 2003. He has been reelected twice to that position, most recently in 2014. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is a member of the current board and was appointed by the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference.

Municipal Court Judge H. Allen Bray (East Grand Division)

Judge Bray has been the sitting municipal judge for the City of Alcoa since 1972. He also maintains a private legal practice in Maryville. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is a member of the current board and was appointed by the Tennessee Municipal Judges Conference.

Benton County General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge John Whitworth (West Grand Division)

Judge Whitworth was appointed to the bench in 2009 and won election in 2014. In addition to his work in the judiciary, Judge Whitworth also owns and practices at Whitworth Law Firm, in Camden. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is a member of the current board and was appointed by the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

In addition to the judicial members, the new board will also include appointees from Governor Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly. According to the new law, Governor Lee will appoint two attorneys who are not current or former judges to the Board. The Speaker of the Tennessee House of Representatives and the Speaker of the Tennessee Senate will each appoint four people to the Board, three of whom are neither judges nor attorneys, and one of whom is a current or former judge.



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