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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.

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Haslam Appoints Rambo as 1st Judicial District Chancellor

Press release from the office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 6, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed John C. Rambo as chancellor in the 1st Judicial District, replacing Chancellor G. Richard Johnson, who resigned effective June 30. The 1st Judicial District serves Washington, Unicoi, Carter and Johnson counties.

“John’s depth of experience and diverse background will help him do an excellent job on the bench,” Haslam said. “I am pleased to make this appointment, and the people in the district will benefit from his service.”

Rambo, 43, has served as Washington County attorney since 1999 and as municipal judge in Jonesborough since 2003. He worked as a solo practitioner from 2008-2012, after work as a partner at Rambo, Wheeler & Seeley in 2005-2008, at Herrin, Booze Rambo Wheeler & Jenkins 2001-2005 and at Herrin, Booze & Rambo 1996-2001.

“I’m humbled by and grateful to Governor Haslam for the confidence he has placed in me with this appointment,” Rambo said. “I can think of no greater honor than to serve the people of the First Judicial District as their Chancellor.

“This is a position of great public trust with many important responsibilities. I pledge to be a judge who is both courteous and respectful to those who appear in the courtroom while maintaining a fierce vigilance for fairness and justice in the handling of all cases. I look forward to working in all four counties of the district and spending time with the respective staff of each county to make the process as efficient as possible.”

Rambo received his juris doctorate in 1994 from Wake Forest University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1991 at East Tennessee State University. Rambo’s law practice has included work for public entities as well as private clients. He is a former Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management Pool defense attorney in Upper East Tennessee, defending municipalities in tort, property, civil rights and workers compensation cases.

He has trial experience in Chancery, Circuit and Federal courts. As a general practitioner, he has handled wills, estates, probate, family law, personal injury and defense of various businesses. As county attorney, Rambo has defended Washington County in civil rights actions, personal injury cases, zoning cases, employment claims, state and federal administrative law matters and construction claim arbitration. He represented the Hampton Utility District of Carter County from 1996-2012.

Rambo and his wife, Siena, live in Jonesborough.

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Haslam Names Jenkins Chancellor in 3rd Judicial District

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 10, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Douglas T. Jenkins of Rogersville as Chancellor in the 3rd Judicial District, replacing Thomas R. Frierson who was named to the Tennessee Court of Appeals in February.

The 3rd Judicial District serves Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins and Greene counties.

“Doug has a depth of experience in law, and I am pleased to make this appointment,” Haslam said. “I appreciate his willingness to serve, and I know he will do an excellent job on the bench.”

Jenkins, 45, has practiced in the Law Office of Douglas T. Jenkins in Rogersville since 1997. He worked in the Law Offices of Terry, Terry & Stapleton in Morristown from 1995-1997.

His areas of practice have included domestic relations; probate/wills/estate/estate litigation; criminal defense and property boundary disputes. Jenkins has been owner and manager of a private family farm in Hawkins County since 1986.

“I sincerely appreciate the confidence the governor has placed in me by appointing me Chancellor for the 3rd Judicial District,” Jenkins said. “I will do my best to decide the cases that come before me impartially and expeditiously. I take this opportunity very seriously and pledge to do my best for the people.”

Jenkins received his juris doctorate from the Nashville School of Law in 1995. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Tech University in 1990.

Jenkins is currently vice president of the Rogersville Heritage Association, a member of the Hawkins County Farmers Cooperative board of directors and a master mason at Overton Lodge no. 5. He is a member of the Choptack Missionary Baptist Church.

Jenkins and his wife, Pamela, have three sons and a daughter, ages 10 to 15.