Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Legal Community Mourns Loss of Francis Guess

July 25, 2015

Francis Guess, a Nashville community leader who served the legal profession in many ways, died Friday in Nashville.

Mr. Guess served both the Access to Justice Commission and the Board of Professional Responsibility. As a non-lawyer, he provided a distinctive viewpoint to issues that faced the legal community.

“Francis Guess brought a unique and unwavering voice in issues of justice,” said Chief Justice Sharon Lee. “His service to the professional and advocacy of issues important to those in need of legal assistance will always be remembered.”

Access to Justice Commission Chair Doug Blaze served on the commission while Mr. Guess was a member from 2009-2014.

“Francis brought an excellent perspective to the Access to Justice Commission. His insights regarding self-represented litigants and how to best get the word out about the Commission’s initiatives was invaluable to our mission,” Blaze said.

Mr. Guess also served on the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility from 2012-2014. The BPR investigates complaints against attorneys and administers the disciplinary process for the Supreme Court.

“His insight, passion and service to the justice system will long be remembered,” said BPR Chief Disciplinary Counsel Sandy Garrett.

Francis Guess, second from left, is introduced along with other members of the Access to Justice Commission by Justice Janice Holder in 2009.