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Welcome to the official website of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Our website was designed to provide attorneys and public users convenient access to current information about our Court and the cases being adjudicated in this District. Our Court's mission is to facilitate the prompt and equitable administration of justice while maintaining the highest standards of integrity and accountability. We believe that this website plays a vital role in achieving that goal, so we welcome your suggestions as to how we might improve this website to better serve your needs.

Court Notices & Important Announcements

9/27/2019
Notice of Public Comment Period in re: Revisions to Local and Local Patent Rules
The District Court has approved revisions to the Local Rules and Appendices and the Local Patent Rules. The revisions are posted for the period of October 1-31 for public comment. Comments should be submitted to PublicComments@tnwd.uscourts.gov.
Local Rules Revisions - Redline Version
Local Patent Rules Revisions - Redline Version

9/19/2019
Class Action Settlement In Re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall
Judge Eldon E. Fallon of the Eastern District of Louisiana has issued an order preliminarily approving a class action settlement and preliminarily certifying a settlement class in the multi-district litigation case In Re: Chinese-manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation. Further information is available at www.chinesedrywallsettlement.com.
Order
Notice of Settlement

8/29/2019
Judge Norris Profile in Daily Memphian
The Daily Memphian has published a profile of Judge Mark S. Norris, discussing his transition from state Senate majority leader to federal judge.

8/26/2019
Notice of Vacancy - U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
The Sixth Circuit Judicial Council is soliciting applications from persons interested in appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee at Memphis.
Full Notice of Vacancy
Bankruptcy Judge Selection Procedures and Application

6/12/2019
Job Opening - U.S. Probation Officer Assistant
The US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has a job opening for a U.S. Probation Officer Assistant.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

4/25/2019
Chief Magistrate Judge Vescovo Featured in Memphis Law Magazine
Western District of Tennessee's Chief Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo is featured as "A Judicial Matriarch" in the Spring 2019 issue of Memphis Law Magazine. Read the complete article, starting on page 14, here.

4/5/2019
Jon A. York Sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is pleased to announce that Jon A. York took the Oath of Office in a private ceremony March 8, 2019, to serve as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Magistrate Judge York commenced his official duties on March 18, 2019. A public investiture ceremony will be held at a later date. More information

Magistrate Judge Jon A. York takes
oath of office

3/8/2019
TNWD Among Most Productive Federal Courts
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has been recognized as being among "America's Most Productive Federal District Courts." More information

2/28/2019
The Honorable Edward G. Bryant Retires
On February 28, 2019, Magistrate Judge Edward G. Bryant retired from the Court after ten years of outstanding service to the Western District of Tennessee. More about Judge Bryant and his service to this Court.

2/22/2019
Increase in CJA Hourly Rates and Case Compensation Maximums
Increases to CJA Hourly Rates and Case Compensation Maximums have been increased pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019. Hourly rates have been increased to $148 for non-capital work and $190 for capital work. The new rates apply to services performed on or after February 15, 2019. Memorandum, New Hourly Rates Table, New Compensation Limits Table

1/28/2019
Order Lifting Stay in Civil Proceedings
The stay in certain civil proceedings that was ordered on 12/28/2019 upon lapse in appropriations for the Department of Justice has been lifted. Order

1/24/2019
Important 2018 Tax Reporting Information for CJA Panel Attorneys
The Administrative Office will soon generate and issue Form 1099-MISC Information Returns for the 2018 tax year. The attached memorandum includes important information about the 2018 returns and the ability of online retrieval of Form 1099-MISC. Memorandum

1/22/2019
TNWD Standing Local Rules Committee Seeking Nominees
The Standing Local Rules Committee for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting nominations for new members. The current committee opening is for one civil practitioner.

Pursuant to the Committee's Bylaws, the Committee is composed of practicing attorneys who maintain the majority of their practice in the Western District of Tennessee. In addition, candidates should be admitted to practice before the Court, be in good standing, have extensive practice before the federal District Court, have knowledge of the laws and procedures governing practice before the Court, and have sufficient trial experience to attest to the candidates' appreciation of the nuances of the practical application of the Local Rules and the law. Candidates will also be reviewed in an effort to maintain diversity among the Committee representative of the legal community of the Western District. Candidates are expected to be able to fulfill the requirements of the three-year term as a Committee member, including regular attendance at Committee and Subcommittee meetings, which occur on at least a quarterly basis.

Nominations must be submitted to Jennifer Hagerman at jhagerman@bpjlaw.com no later than February 8, 2019, and must include a current resume/CV of the nominee.

1/18/2019
Circuit Executive Vacancy Announcement
The Sixth Circuit Judicial Council is accepting applications for the position of Circuit Executive. Announcement.

1/7/2018
New Mileage Reimbursement Rates for 2019
GSA has announced an increase in reimbursement mileage rates for privately owned vehicles. The new reimbursement rate of $0.58 per mile went into effect on January 2, 2019, for travel on or after that date.

12/28/2018
Stay of Certain Civil Proceedings in Absence of Appropriations
Because of the lapse of appropriations needed to fund the Office of the United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, all proceedings in civil cases where the United States Attorney is counsel of record are stayed until such time that Congress has restored appropriations to that Office. Order

12/20/2018
Job Opening - Court Reporter
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for the position of United States Court Reporter in the Memphis office.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

12/17/2018
Job Opening - U.S. Pretrial Services Officer
The U.S. Pretrial Services Office for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for the position of United States Pretrial Services Officer in the Memphis office.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

12/10/2018
Reception for U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward G. Bryant
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee invites you to a reception for Magistrate Judge Edward G. Bryant, celebrating ten years of service to the Court, on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the United States Courthouse in Jackson, TN. Details.

12/4/2018
Video from MLK50 Panel Discussion
In commemoration of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the U.S. District Court held two panel discussion related to City of Memphis v. King, litigation over Dr. King's right to march with striking sanitation workers. Video of the panel discussions are available here.

11/26/2018
Mark S. Norris, Sr. Sworn In As United States District Judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is pleased to announce that Mark S. Norris took the Oath of Office in a private ceremony on November 8, 2018, to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and has commenced his official duties. A public investiture ceremony will be held on January 11, 2019. More information.

10/31/2018
Public Notice for the Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judges
The current term of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham is due to expire on April 20, 2019. The current term of U.S. Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo is due to expire on June 14, 2019. Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent Magistrate Judges should be recommended by the Merit Selection Panel for reappointment. All comments should be sent to MJPublicComments@tnwd.uscourts.gov.
Further information

10/30/2018
Election Day Filing Procedures
Filing procedures for Tuesday, November 6th can be read here.

10/30/2018
Revisions to the Court's ADR Plan
The District Court has approved revisions to the Court's ADR Plan. The proposed revisions are available for review here and will remain posted for the next thirty (30) days for public comment. Comments should be submitted to PublicComments@tnwd.uscourts.gov

10/25/2018
U.S. MARSHALS, FBI URGE PUBLIC TO REPORT PHONE SCAMS
The U.S. Marshals and the FBI are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be US Marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. More information

10/15/2018
Job Opening - Adminstrative Paralegal
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has a job opening for an Administrative Paralegal to a Federal Circuit Judge.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

10/9/2018
Job Opening - Pro Se Law Clerk, Part Time
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has a job opening for a part-time pro se law clerk. Teleworkers are acceptable.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

9/6/2018
Job Opening - U. S. Probation Officer Assistant
The United States Probation Office in the Western District of Tennessee is seeking applicants for full-time Probation Officer Assistant positions in our Jackson and Memphis, TN offices.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)

6/12/2018
Job Opening - U. S. Probation Officer Post Conviction
The United States Probation Office for the Western District of Tennessee is accepting applications for a United States Probation Officer.
Announcement and Job Description
Job Application (PDF)
Job Application (Microsoft Word)

6/4/2018
Import Public Notice - Scam Phone Calls
The Clerk's Office for the US District Court for the Western District of TN has been alerted to a malicious scam which is spoofing the phone number of the Clerk's Office. The perpetrator claims that an arrest warrant will be issued for the recipient if money is not wired to pay a fine.

The Clerk's Office does not request payments through phone calls.

Anyone receiving these calls should contact the Clerk's Office general number (901-495-1200 in Memphis or 731-421-9200 in Jackson) for assistance. Money should not be wired or otherwise paid to anyone based on one of these calls.

More information

5/31/2018
Publice Notice for the Appointment of a Magistrate Judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is recruiting to appoint a full-time United States magistrate judge to a vacancy in Jackson, TN. Announcement and More Information Application

4/27/2018
TNWD Has Upgraded to NextGen CM/ECF
The US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee has upgraded CM/ECF to the new "NextGen" version. Filers will now use their PACER logins for both viewing documents and filing.

The first time you log in, you will need to link your PACER account to your old filing account.
How To Link Your PACER Account To Your Old Filing Account.
More Information about NextGen CM/ECF

4/6/2018
Article on the Court's MLK50 Program
The court's program on the 1968 litigation between the City of Memphis and Martin Luther King, Jr. is covered in a United States Courts news article. Court Recalls MLK's Last Legal Battle

4/5/2018
Transcript of Hearing in City of Memphis v. King
This is a scanned PDF of the transcript of the April 3, 1968, hearing in City of Memphis v. Martin Luther King, Jr., in which the City of Memphis sought a temporary restraining order to prevent King from marching with striking sanitation workers. Transcript in City of Memphis v. King

3/27/2018
An Attempt to Strike the March - Live Streaming Feed
On Thursday, April 5, the US District Court will look back at the 1968 federal litigation involving Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s right to march with Memphis sanitation workers. The event will be begin at 8:30 a.m., and will be held at the University of Memphis Law School. Keynote speakers will be The Honorable Andrew Young and The Reverend James Lawson. Guest speakers include Walter Bailey, Mike Cody, and Charles Newman, attorneys for Dr. King, and Frierson Graves, attorney for the City of Memphis.
Live Streaming Feed
More information

2/5/2018
Thomas L. Parker Sworn in as United States District Judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee is pleased to announce that Thomas L. Parker took the Oath of Office in a private ceremony Friday, February 2, 2018, to serve as a federal district judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Judge Parker will take office and commence his official duties later this month. A public investiture ceremony will be held sometime in April.

Judge Parker was appointed by President Donald Trump and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on January 10, 2018. He was appointed to the position left vacant by Judge Samuel H. Mays, who took senior status in 2015.

Judge Parker received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1989, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina, 1985. Judge Parker was a shareholder in the Memphis office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., where he was a civil and criminal litigator. Judge Parker served nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Tennessee and is the former President of the Memphis Bar Association.

Judge Parker is married to Mrs. Allison Wellford Parker and they have three daughters, Katherine, Annie, and Ellen. Judge Parker and his family are lifelong Memphians.

9/26/2017
Notice of Local Rules Amendments
The District Court has approved modifications to Local Rule 67.1, Investment of Registry Funds and Local Rule 72.1, Rules Governing Duties and Proceedings before United States Magistrate Judges, as well as modifications to the Local Patent Rules and Appendix A, Stipulated Patent Case Protective Order. The modifications are posted for a period of thirty days for public comment. Comments should be submitted to PublicComments@tnwd.uscourts.gov. Announcement

8/2/2017
Revised CJA Plan
The District Court has approved modifications to its Plan for the Appointment of Counsel Pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act ("CJA Plan"). The amended CJA Plan is available for review.

6/29/2017
Magistrate Judges Bryant and Claxton Reappointed
The judges of the US District Court for the Western District of Tennessee have reappointed Magistrate Judges Edward G. Bryant and Charmiane G. Claxton. Announcement

The Western District of Tennessee is one of 14 United States District Courts participating in the federal Judiciary's digital video pilot. The pilot, which started July 18, 2011 is scheduled to run through July 2015. To view video recorded in this project, click the Cameras in Courts logo or visit www.uscourts.gov