Press Releases

Judicial Appt. Commission Accepting Applications for Shelby Co. Chancery Court Vacancy

Press release from the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts; August 14, 2014: 

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the chancellor vacancy in the 30th Judicial District Chancery Court (Shelby County). The vacancy has been created by the appointment of Chancellor Kenny Armstrong to the Tennessee Court of Appeals, effective September 1.

Any interested applicant must be a licensed attorney who is at least 30 years of age, a resident of the state for five years, and a resident of the 30th Judicial District. Applicants must complete the designated application, which is available at, and submit it to the Administrative Office of the Courts by 3 p.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014.

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments will interview all qualified applicants in Memphis at a location to be announced. The meeting will include a public hearing, during which members of the public may express their opinions about the applicants. The interview and public hearing will be open to the public.

More information and the application can be found here.

Press Releases

Wright Named 30th District Criminal Court Judge

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 28, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Glenn I. Wright as Criminal Court Judge in the 30th Judicial District, which serves Shelby County. Wright is filling the vacancy created by the death of Judge W. Otis Higgs in February.

“Glenn has a distinguished career with 30 years of experience in Shelby County, and I know he will make an outstanding judge,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for his willingness to serve the people of the 30th Judicial District.”

Wright, 57, has been in private practice in Memphis since 1992, in the Law Office of Glenn I. Wright since 2009 and at Stokes, Wilson & Wright from 1992-2009. Previously, he served as assistant district attorney in the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office from 1984-1991 and assistant public defender in the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office from 1983-1984.

“I would like to thank Gov. Haslam for the opportunity to serve the people of Shelby County in this capacity,” Wright said. “The legal community suffered a tremendous loss with the death of Judge Otis Higgs. I intend to honor his legacy with my hard work and dedication.”

Wright has handled more than 150 jury trials and has handled death penalty cases both as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Wright received his juris doctorate from Memphis State University, now known as the University of Memphis, in 1982, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Memphis State in 1979.

He is a volunteer with the Saturday Legal Clinic program sponsored by Access to Justice. He is also a member of Cummings Street Baptist Church.

Wright and his wife, Linda, live in Memphis and have two grown children.