Press Releases

Durard Replaces Crigler on 17th District Circuit Court Bench

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 11, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Forest A. Durard Jr. as circuit court judge for the 17th Judicial District, replacing Judge Robert Crigler, who retired effective May 30.

“Forest brings valuable experience to the bench from a career that includes both the public and private sectors,” Haslam said. “I know he will serve the citizens of the 17th district well in this role.”

Durard, 51, has been in private practice since 2004. Prior to that, he was a partner in the firm Bramlett & Durard, beginning in 1992. Durard served in the district attorney’s office of the 17th Judicial District from 1989-1990 and in the public defender’s office of the district from 1990-1992.

“I am both flattered and honored to have been chosen by Gov. Haslam for this position,” Durard said. “I would like to thank the governor and his staff for placing their trust in me to fill the judicial vacancy and, also, to those who encouraged and supported me to seek the position. I look forward to serving the people of Bedford, Marshall, Moore and Lincoln counties now and into the future.”

Durard’s work as a sole practitioner has included criminal law, domestic matters, probate, personal injury/workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, Social Security disability and real estate. Prior to his career in law, Durard was an insurance claims adjuster.

Durard graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1989. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in political science with an emphasis on pre-law, and minoring in criminal justice and history. He is a lifelong Tennessean and has lived in Bedford County 21 years.

Durard has been active in his community as an assistant coach for middle school softball and as a volunteer at Shelbyville Bedford County Animal Control and board member of the Middle Tennessee Spay & Neuter Clinic. He and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters, Taylor and Kendall.

Press Releases

Haslam Names DUI Prosecutor as 17th Judicial District Attorney

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 13, 2012:

17th Judicial District includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Robert Carter as the District Attorney General to the 17th Judicial District, which includes Lincoln, Bedford, Marshall and Moore counties.

Carter will replace current 17th Judicial District Attorney General Charles Crawford, who is resigning effective July 31.

“Robert represents the full picture of what we were looking for as the new district attorney general, and I appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of the 17th District,” Haslam said.

Raised in Lincoln County, Carter has been an assistant district attorney since 2010, working in the child support division and, most recently, as the state DUI grant prosecutor. In the child support division, he established, prosecuted, enforced, reviewed and, when appropriate, modified all child support matters for the district.

As the DUI prosecutor for the district, he prosecutes in all courts and has responsibility for all criminal charges associated with each DUI defendant.

“I’m humbled and excited about the opportunity before me, and I appreciate the governor’s confidence in me,” Carter said. “I look forward to any challenges that lie ahead and serving the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.”

Before working as an assistant district attorney, Carter was with the firm Smith Cashion & Orr, PLC from May 2006 to December 2010, handling complex construction disputes and litigation. He has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and he is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations.

Carter, 31, is a magna cum laude graduate of Cumberland University and earned his law degree from the University of Memphis, Cecil B. Humphreys School of Law in 2006.

He lives in Fayetteville with his wife Kristin, four-year-old son, Bruce, and one-year-old daughter, Sophie. He is an assistant baseball coach at Fayetteville high and middle schools.