SCHOOLFIELD: OUT OF THE ASHES

On July 12, 1958, A.B. Neil, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, as President of the Senate High Court of Impeachment of the Tennessee General Assembly, pronounced the verdict against Criminal Court Judge Raulston Schoolfield of Chattanooga, Tennessee. There being no legal precedent for an appeal of the decision, the judicial career of one of the most colorful and controversial individuals in the history of the judiciary of Tennessee was ended – or was it? In Jerry Summers’ book, he covers the life of Raulston Schoolfield from his birth in 1906, as one of eight children of one of Chattanooga’s most successful attorneys, William S. Schoolfield, and his wife, Kitty Henson. It ends with impeachment and removal from office as judge in Hamilton County, Tennessee by the Tennessee Senate. There is the good and the bad. There is praise by his friends and supporters and criticism by his foes and detractors. Who was the real Raulston Schoolfield? 

Presented by Jerry H. Summers  
Jerry H. Summers is a practicing attorney in Chattanooga, TN. He has served as an assistant district attorney and municipal judge since he began the practice of law in 1066. During his legal career, he has been president of the Chattanooga Bar Association and Chairman of the Fellows of the Chattanooga Bar Foundation. He has served as president of both the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Association for Criminal Lawyers. He has been selected every year since 1983 as one of the Best Lawyers in America, in both personal injury and criminal law. He has consistently been selected as one of the “best 100 Lawyers in Tennessee” and “Mid’South Super Lawyers.” In his personal life, he has served as president of the Central High School Alumni/Supporters Association, legal pro bono counsel to Orange Grove Center and Area IV Special Olympics in Chattanooga. At his alma mater, the University of the South at Sewanee, he has been a class agent and member of the Order of the Purple and Charlotte Manigault societies. A member of the Development Council and Dean’s Circle at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law, he was co-chairperson of the law school’s portion of the One Billion Dollar Capital Campaign recently successfully concluded.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Mountain City Club
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