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U.S. Magistrate Cliff Corker, former attorney in the Tri-Cities, nominated by president for district judge seat

Becky Campbell • Oct 12, 2018 at 11:55 PM

A U.S. magistrate who began his legal career in the Tri-Cities was nominated by President Donald Trump this week to a federal district judicial position for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Greeneville.

Cliff Corker, 50, is well known throughout the area after practicing criminal law in East Tennessee for 20 years before being appointed to the magistrate position in 2015. He was nominated on Wednesday to fill the seat vacated earlier this year when District Judge Ronnie Greer retired.

Corker will still need to go through the Judiciary Committee and be voted on before he can be confirmed.

Sen. Lamar Alexander had high praise for Corker.

“Judge Corker’s 20 years of legal experience, including being selected in 2015 by the District Court judges for the Eastern District of Tennessee to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge, make him uniquely qualified for this position,” Alexander said in a press release. “He will serve our state with distinction, and Tennessee is fortunate to have such a well-qualified nominee who is willing to serve his state and his country. I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.”

Some highlights from Corker’s legal career as an attorney include handling serious criminal and civil cases, licensed to practice in both Tennessee and Virginia; routinely practiced law in both state and federal court in Tennessee and Virginia; handled numerous jury trials, including: first-degree murder cases, serious drug trafficking offenses, firearm offenses, DUI, rape and sexual assault, and healthcare fraud; worked as a law clerk in federal court to the Cynthia Kinser (presently serving as the chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court); handled a wide variety of cases such as serious personal injury cases from truck accidents, car crashes, medical malpractice, probate and divorce cases; certified as a capital defense attorney able to handle death penalty cases in Tennessee; member of National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; recognized as a “Super Lawyer” among lawyers in the mid-South in the area of criminal defense.

Corker earned his law degree at the College of William and Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law in 1993 after graduating from James Madison University in 1990.

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