Lt. Gov. Ramsey makes Middle and West Tennessee appointments to Judicial Nominating Commission

(Nashville) –  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R- Blountville) today announced the appointments of  Rutherford County attorney Gilbert Wayne “Bert” McCarter  and Shelby County attorney Elizabeth T. Collins to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.

“Both Mr. McCarter and Ms. Collins are highly qualified dedicated legal minds,” said Lt. Gov. Ramsey. “I am honored they have put themselves forward for service and I have every confidence that their insight will be a credit to the state as Tennessee continues to maintain and elevate the quality of its judiciary.”

The Judicial Nominating Commission was created in 2009 when Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey reformed the process for selecting Tennessee’s appellate judges to provide more transparency and accountability in the judiciary.  The new commission has 17 members and is responsible for making judicial nominations to state appellate courts and the state Supreme Court when vacancies arise.   Eight of the seventeen members of the commission are appointed by the Speaker of the Senate. Eight of the members are appointed by the Speaker of the House. One member is jointly appointed by the Speakers of the Senate and House. As provided by statute, each of the states’ three grand divisions must be equally represented on the commission.

The commission nominates three candidates for judicial vacancies as they occur. The governor can then appoint one of the nominees as a judge or ask for a slate of three more nominees.

Elizabeth T. Collins

Currently a partner at the firm of Thomason, Hendrix, Harvey, Johnson & Mitchell, Ms. Collins is a past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Memphis Bar Association as well as a past member of the Board of Directors of the Memphis Bar Association.  Ms. Collins’ practice focuses on civil litigation, including both business litigation and medical malpractice defense.

In addition to serving as an adjunct law professor, Ms. Collins is an avid camper and has devoted many hours of work advising and defending clients in the camping industry.  Collins completed her undergraduate degree at Millsaps College and earned her J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Gilbert Wayne “Bert” McCarter, II

McCarter served as law clerk for Judge Don R. Ash of the Circuit Court of Rutherford County before joining what would become the firm of Dotson, Dotson & McCarter in Murfreesboro. He formed his current law firm McCarter, Catron, & East PLLC. in July 2009.  An experienced litigator, McCarter has argued has argued multiple times before both the Court of Appeals and Criminal Court of Appeals.

McCarter completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tennessee and earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton.  He current lives in Murfreesboro with his wife and children.

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