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Faulk Appointed Third District Circuit Court Judge

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 27, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed Mike Faulk as circuit court judge for the Third Judicial District, replacing Judge Kindall T. Lawson, who retired effective June 1.

“Mike will bring vast experience to the bench,” Haslam said. “He has served his state well in the past, and I know he will serve the citizens of the Third Judicial District well in this new role.”

Faulk, 59, has worked in The Faulk Law Office in Church Hill since 1982. He served as a Tennessee state senator representing Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Union counties in the 106th and 107th Tennessee General Assemblies. While serving as a state senator, he was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, among other duties.

“I am deeply humbled by the Governor’s confidence in me, grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of East Tennessee and privileged to work with the other judges and court personnel of Greene, Hamblen, Hawkins and Hancock counties,” Faulk said.

As an attorney, Faulk has tried hundreds of cases and dozens of jury trials across Tennessee involving a wide range of cases in both state and federal courts, including workers compensation and criminal injury compensation, administrative hearings, real estate closings, probate, criminal defense, malpractice defense, products liability and landlord/tenant relations.

Faulk served on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission from 1985-1991, serving as vice chairman from 1989-1991. He has served as a Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, town attorney in Mount Carmel and city attorney in Church Hill.

He has written for the Tennessee Bar Journal and the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Magazine and has been a lecturer, including serving as adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University.

Faulk received his juris doctorate in 1979 from Memphis State University where he received the Kirby Bowling Labor Law Award as outstanding labor law student for 1979. He received a master’s degree from Memphis State in 1978 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1975. Faulk is an 8th generation Tennessean and is the father of two adult children.

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Bredesen Appoints Hurd Circuit Court Judge

Press Release from Gov. Phil Bredesen’s administration, March 4, 2010:

Rhynette Northcross Hurd To Fill Vacancy In The 30th Judicial District

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today appointed Rhynette Northcross Hurd of Collierville, Tenn., to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the 30th Judicial District, Division VIII. Hurd will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge D’Army Bailey, who retired last year after 19 years on the bench. Hurd may stand for election in August to complete Bailey’s term, which expires in 2014.

“Rhynette Hurd has developed a wide range of skills in several substantive areas of the law, and I am confident she will carry out her duties on the circuit court in the same thoughtful and professional manner in which she has practiced law in Tennessee for nearly 20 years,” said Bredesen. “I appreciate her willingness to serve the state of Tennessee in this capacity, and I also want to commend her predecessor D’Army Bailey for his years of service on the bench.”

Prior to her appointment to the circuit court, Hurd spent much of her legal career as in-house counsel at various corporations including Sedwick Claims Management Services, Inc., International Paper, and Accredo Health, Inc. She has also served several years as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and as an assistant to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners. From 2000 to 2008, she served as a member of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.

“I am committed to public service and to improving the quality of life for Tennesseans,” Hurd said. “I have a deep respect for the law and believe in the ability of the judicial process to achieve fair resolution of disputes. I believe an impartial judge is essential to that end, and I know of no greater honor than to serve my state and my profession in this capacity. I thank Governor Bredesen for giving me this opportunity.”

Hurd obtained a bachelor’s degree in English Composition from Mount Holyoke College, a M.A.T. in African and African-American Literature and Sociology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Ph.D. in English Education from Vanderbilt University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis. She is currently a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church. She is married to Dr. William C. Hurd and has two sons.