The Judicial Nominating Commission met on June 28, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn., to hold a public hearing and conduct interviews of candidates for the upcoming Court of Appeals vacancy in the Middle Grand Division.
After interviewing the 10 candidates and conducting several rounds of voting, the commission has submitted the following two panels of nominees to Gov. Bill Haslam for the upcoming vacancy created by Judge Patricia Cottrell's notification that she does not plan to seek retention in the 2014 election.
Robert Lee Holloway, Jr
Circuit Court Judge
22nd Judicial District
William Neal McBrayer
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC
Christina Henley Duncan
Rogers, Duncan & North
Linda W. Knight
Gullett, Sanford, Robinson & Martin, PLLC
Kathryn Ann Stephenson
Assistant General Counsel
Corrections Corporation of America
With appeals court openings, the governor has the option to reject the first panel of names and request a second panel from the JNC. Because of the time constraints in the current situation, the commission has submitted both panels.