Press Release from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, Aug. 16, 2011:
(Nashville) – Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey today announced the appointment of attorney J. Gregory Grisham to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.
A highly qualified and experienced attorney, Grisham is currently a partner at Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan in Memphis. Admitted to practice before both the Tennessee and United States Supreme Courts, Grisham has represented employers in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies and arbitrators in 27 states.
“Maintaining a quality judiciary in Tennessee is of paramount importance,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “The reality is that our laws are only as good as those interpreting them. Having great legal minds like Mr. Grisham on this commission go a long way to keeping judges accountable to the law and to voters.”
Mr. Grisham is very involved in the judicial selection issue, having organized several public programs on the subject and most recently participated in a panel discussion for the Conservative Heartland Leadership Conference.
Active in his local Federalist Society chapter, Grisham has served as a leader of the Tennessee State Court Project and as a member of the organization’s executive committee on labor and employment practices.
Grisham is a graduate of both the Cecil Humphreys School of Law and the University of Mississippi’s Masters of Business Administration program. Since 2007, Grisham has sat on the Tennessee Advisory Committee for to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has twice been recognized by Law & Politics Magazine as one of the Mid-South’s “Super Lawyers.”
Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) was effusive in his praise of the appointment.
“The lieutenant governor has made an excellent selection,” said Kelsey. “Mr. Grisham is an outstanding attorney, well-versed on the issues surrounding judicial evaluation. I’m happy to see his talents put to service for the state.”
The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission reviews the performance of appellate judges using surveys, interviews and other information, as required by law. The Commission uses these evaluations to publish a report in which the Commission recommends appellate judges for retention or replacement. Of the nine members of the Commission, two are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate, two are appointed by the Speaker of the House and five are appointed by the Judicial Council.
Among the qualities the commission looks for in the judges are integrity, knowledge and understanding of the law, an ability to communicate, preparation and attentiveness, service to the profession, effectiveness in working with other judges and court personnel.