The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals held oral arguments for its September Knoxville docket at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Judges Timothy Easter, Jill Ayers, and Robert Montgomery heard three appellate cases.
This was the first time that the court had heard oral arguments away from the Knoxville Courthouse in over five years. The private attorneys and the Assistant Attorneys General that argued the cases took questions from the students after the arguments were completed. The judges attended an informal luncheon with College of Law moot court and advocacy students after the morning arguments.
Rodd Barckhoff, retired Tennessee Supreme Court staff attorney and now interim director of the College's Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, coordinated the event with assistance from the Appellate Court Clerk's Office and court staff attorney Vanessa Johnson.
The three cases were: State v. Christopher Layne Spencer (Knox County), State v. Leonard John Clemons (Knox County), and State v. Robert L. Cody, III (Knox County).