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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 Appoints Street to Replace Brown in First District Criminal Court

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; April 16, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced attorney Stacy Street as the Criminal Court Judge, Part II, for the First Judicial District, effective immediately.

Street takes over for former Judge Lynn Brown who resigned at the end of March after serving in the position since 1988. The First Judicial District includes Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties.

“Stacy has extensive trial experience from his time in the private sector,” Haslam said. “His experience, demeanor and respect for the court will benefit the citizens of the First Judicial District. I want to congratulate him for earning this new challenge, and I appreciate his willingness to serve.”

Street has practiced law out of Elizabethton since 1992 after graduating cum laude from East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He began as an associate in 1992 with the Hampton & Hampton firm, making partner four years later and leaving the firm in 2009 to become a solo practitioner.

“I am incredibly excited to serve the First District, and I am thankful to Gov. Haslam for this appointment and this new opportunity,” Street said.

He has trial experience in Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Washington, Sullivan and Greene counties as well as in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Street, 46, lives in Elizabethton. He and his wife, Susan, have two children and attend Calvary Baptist Church in Elizabethton.