Obama nominates Knoxville lawyer to federal bench

A longtime Knoxville lawyer and the first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the East Tennessee.

Photo from Pamela Reeves's law firm, tysonplacelaw.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A longtime Knoxville lawyer and the first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

The White House announced Thursday that Obama had nominated Pamela L. Reeves for the post. The Knoxville News Sentinel said if confirmed by the Senate, Reeves would replace U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips, who retires this summer.

Reeves graduated from the University of Tennessee's George C. Taylor College of Law in 1979 and received her bachelor's with highest honors from UT in 1976.

She has been with the law firm of Reeves, Herbert & Anderson in Knoxville since 2002.

Reeves was bar association president from 1998 to 1999.


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