On Thursday Knoxville City will meet and will review the applications of all the attorneys that have applied for the position of City Council Attorney. Charles Swanson who served as Council Attorney for more than 20 years has stepped down to accept the position of Knoxville Law Director with Madame Mayor Madeline administration.
Adrienne Anderson & Amanda Busby: Both of these ladies have submitted resumes and qualifications asking City Council to consider their law firm. This is a good idea, you are getting 2 for the price of 1.
W. Mitchell Cramer: Mr. Cramer has been practicing law with Norton, Spangler & Cramer since 1991. He was with Rowland & Rowland from 1982-1991. He also served as City Attorney and Deputy Law Director for the City of Knoxville from 1973-1982.
Melanie E. Davis: Mrs. Davis is with the Maryville firm of Kizer & Black. Since 1999, Davis has served as Attorney for the City of Maryville and Maryville City Schools.
Kathryn St. Clair Ellis: Ellis has a very detailed resume. She has worked with Farmer & Dreiser and before that with the Tony Farmer Law Firm. Ellis holds a Ph.D. in History from UT Knoxville as well as a Juris Doctor from UT Knoxville College of Law. Ellis has a B.A., cum laude, in History and Political Science from James Madison University.
Robert Frost, Jr.: Former Knoxville City Council Member 2001-2009; licensed to practice since 1996; Frost has been practicing with Arnett, Draper & Hagood since 2006. He once served as legal counsel to the former Halls Shopper News before the acquisition by E.W. Scripps Company.
J. Thomas Jones: Jones has been practicing since 1996 with Jones, Meadows & Wall, PLLC. He served as Chair (2007-2009) of the Knoxville Utilities Board.
Michael S. Kelley: Former Knoxville Law Director during the Victor Ashe Administration. His father (Paul) is a former member of the Knox County School Board and his mother (Norma) was profiled in a campaign commercial for Madame Mayor Madeline this last year. The Knox County School Board employed Kelley to assist with the contract negotiations for the new Carter Elementary School last year. Clearly, Kelley has the "connections" in the political and city backrooms to navigate the contract as Council Attorney.
Jason H. Long: Has practiced with London & Amburn since 2002. Serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the Unoversity of Tennessee College of Law since 2000. Has been licensed to practice since 1996.
Thomas G. McCroskey: Obtained his law degree from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1990. He served with Southern Title Insurance as Vice President and Senior Underwriting Counsel from June 2004 - September 2011.
Arun Rattan: Has been licensed to practice law since 2007. He has served as a Hearing Officer with the Department of Human Services.
George T. Underwood, Jr.: Mr. Underwood served as an Assistant City Attorney under Law Director Thomas A. Varlan during the Victor Ashe administration. Varlan is now a federal judge. Underwood has an extensive background of legal, community and non profit experience. Two of his references are The Honorable Thomas A. Varlan, Judge United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and The Honorable John R. Rosson, Jr. Judge City of Knoxville Muncipal Court. I don't know a lot about Varlan. But a friend of Judge Rosson's is a friend of mine.
Shelby R.B. Ward: Mrs. Ward received her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law last year. She has worked at the Knox County Public Defender's Office and the United States Attorneys' Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
John F. Weaver, Jr.: Completed his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in five semesters instead of six with honors. He presently serves as General Corporate Counsel for RenaissancePG, LLC
Stephen R. Wise: Wise obtained his J.D. from University of Tennessee College of Law in 1978. He has a founding member of Wise & Reeves, P.C. in May 1995. He serves as Counsel to Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission since 1987.