A poll of Nashville Bar Association members released on Wednesday shows that private practice attorney Phillip Robinson was the most recommended candidate to fill a Circuit Court judgeship vacancy.
The poll asked bar members to comment on each of 10 candidates for the position made vacant by Judge Barbara Haynes retirement by either voting to “highly recommend,” “recommend,” “do not recommend” or give “no opinion.”
Of the 966 members who responded — either via an online or paper ballot — 332 (34.4 percent) chose to “highly recommend” Robinson while another 207 (21.4 percent) chose to “recommend” him. Robinson is a family law specialist and hearing panel member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
The Judicial Nominating Commission is set to recommend three candidates from which Gov. Bill Haslam will appointment Haynes replacement in the coming weeks.
The full results of the poll can be found here. The other candidates are:
• Cynthia Jane Bohn, family law specialist at Cynthia J. Bohn & Associates
• John Winston Heacock, sole practitioner and former general counsel at Malcap Mortgage
• Marian L. Kohl, special master and judicial clerk, First Circuit Court — Judge Hamilton Gayden
• Stanley A. Kweller, Jackson Kweller McKinney Warden Lewis & Hayes
• John Richard Manson, special master, 8th Circuit Court
• Mary Ashley Nichols, special master, Davidson County Circuit Courts since 1998
• W. Scott Rosenberg, magistrate, Juvenile Court of Davidson County
• Joycelyn Stevenson, partner since 2009 at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and labor and employment specialist
• Keith Alan Turner, sole practitioner since 2002