Judicial Speakers Bureau

The judges on this page have agreed to make presentations about a variety of topics pertaining to the law and our court system. This list includes the topics each judge is willing to speak  and where they are willing to travel.

If you would like a judge to speak to your school or community group, please click on the judge's name to get their contact information. If you have questions or need additional assistance, you may contact Mary Rose Zingale at 615-741-2687.

To find an attorney to speak in your area, please click here.

The list of judges is separated by section of the state. Click on the links below to view the judges in your area.

East Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

West Tennessee

East Tennessee

JudgeLocationTopics
Justice Janice M. Holder
Supreme Court
Memphis, TN
(will speak statewide)

Access to Justice
Judicial Selection
Contempt of Court
Appellate Procedure

Judge Skip Frierson
Court of Appeals

Knoxville, TN
(will speak within 50 miles)

Tennessee judicial system
History of Chancery courts in Tennessee
History of adoptions in Tennessee
Judicial Ethics
Other law related topics

Judge Thomas J. Wright
3rd Judicial District Circuit Court

Greeneville, TN
(will speak within 75 miles)

General law-related topics

Judge David R. Duggan
5th Judicial District Circuit Court

Maryville, TN
(will speak within 50 miles)

Tennessee judicial system
Drug Courts
Criminal Procedure

Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz
6th Judicial District Criminal Court

Knoxville, TN
(will speak within 50 miles)

Ancient and modern legal ethics
Any law-related topic

Judge Dale Workman
6th Judicial District Circuit Court

Knoxville, TN
(will speak statewide)

Any law-related topic

Chancellor Jerri Bryant
10th Judicial District Chancery Court

Athens, TN

Ethics
Chancery Court
Any law-related topic

Judge Jeff Hollingsworth
11th Judicial District Circuit Court

Chattanooga, TN
(will speak statewide)
Court System Structure
Juries
Domestic Law Issues
Domestic Violence
 
Judge Don Poole
11th Judicial District
Chattanooga, TN

Criminal Law
Function of Various Courts
Sentencing Considerations

Judge Dwight Stokes
Sevier County General Sessions Court
Sevierville, TN

Criminal Law
Judicial Ethics
Juvenile Law 
Constitutional Law

Middle Tennessee

JudgeLocationTopics
Justice Janice M. Holder
Supreme Court
Memphis, TN
(will speak statewide)

Access to Justice
Judicial Selection
Contempt of Court
Appellate Procedure

Judge Robert Wedemeyer
Court of Criminal Appeals
Nashville, TN

Tennessee Plan (Judicial Selection)
Any law-related topic

Judge Frank Clement
Court of Appeals
Nashville, TN

Any law-related topic (except criminal, domestic or tax law)

Judge Paul Summers
(Senior Judge)
Nashville
(will speak within 3 hours of Nashville)

Judicial System
Appellate Courts
Office of Attorney General
Tennessee Constitution
Criminal Law
Legislature
Executive and Judicial Branches

Judge David Durham
15th Judicial District Criminal Court
Lebanon, TN

Criminal law

Judge Jerry Scott
(Retired - call AOC for contact info)
Murfreesboro, TN
(will speak statewide)

Mediation and Arbitration
Criminal and Civil Law Issues
Jury Selection and Service

Judge M. Keith Siskin
16th Judicial District Circuit Court

Murfreesboro, TN
(Cannon and Rutherford Counties)
Circuit Court or Juvenile Court Issues
Judge Ross Hicks
19th Judicial District Circuit Court
Clarksville, TN
(will speak within 75 miles)

How the Judicial System Works
Importance of Jury Service
Allocation of Judicial Resources

Judge Hamilton Gayden
20th Judicial District Circuit Court
Nashville, TN
(will speak within 50 miles)

Tennessee’s Role in the 19th Amendment (Women’s Suffrage)
Any law-related topic

Chancellor Carol McCoy
20th Judicial District Chancery Court
Nashville, TN
(will speak within 100 miles)

Women’s Rights
Courtroom Procedures (civil rules)
How to Run a Judicial Campaign
Case Management
Summary Judgments and Motions to Dismiss
Trial Tips
Administrative Appeals

Judge Monte Watkins
20th Judicial District Criminal Court
Nashville, TN
(will speak within 100 miles)

Judicial System
Ethics
Motivational Matters

Judge Timothy Easter
21st Judicial District Circuit Court

Franklin, TN

Drug Courts
SCALES
Tennessee Judicial System
Judicial Ethics

Judge James Martin
21st Judicial District Circuit Court

Franklin, TN

The job of a circuit court judge

Judge Jim Hamilton
22 Judicial District Circuit Court
Columbia, TN

Court system in Tennessee
History of a lawsuit
War stories from 40 years of law practice and 8 years as a judge

Judge John T. Gwin
Wilson County General Sesions Court
Lebanon, TN
(will speak within 75 miles)

Domestic Relations
Orders of Protection
Child Custody
Judicial Ethics

Judge Bill Higgins
Davidson County General Sessions Court
Nashville, TNGeneral legal topics

 
 

West Tennessee

JudgeLocationTopics
Justice Janice M. Holder
Supreme Court
Memphis, TN
(will speak statewide)

Access to Justice
Judicial Selection
Contempt of Court
Appellate Procedure

Judge Bill Acree
27th Judicial District Circuit Court

Union City, TN
(will speak within 50 miles)

Drug Courts

Chancellor Tony Childress
29th Judicial District Chancery Court

Dyersburg, TN
(will speak in NW Tennessee)

Any law-related topic

Judge Chris Craft
30th Judicial District Criminal Court

Memphis, TN

Any law-related topic

Judge Charles Cary
Hardeman County General Sessions court
Bolivar, TN

Juvenile Court
General Sessions Court
Judicial System
Gangs
Responsibility of Parents
Children in Foster Care
Dependent and Neglected Children