Thomas W. Phillips (judge)

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Thomas W. Phillips
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Assumed office
August 1, 2013
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
In office
November 15, 2002 August 1, 2013
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by James Howard Jarvis II
Succeeded by Pamela L. Reeves
Personal details
Born
Thomas W. Phillips

1943 (age 7576)
Oneida, Tennessee
Education Berea College (B.A.)
Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D.)
George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)

Thomas W. Phillips (born 1943) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee is the federal court in the Sixth Circuit whose jurisdiction covers all of East Tennessee and a portion of Middle Tennessee. The court has jurisdiction over 41 counties with 4 divisions. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, it maintains branch facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Greeneville, Tennessee; and Winchester, Tennessee.

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Education and career

Born in Oneida, Tennessee, Phillips received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Berea College in 1965, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1969, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University Law School in 1973. He was in the United States Army, JAG Corps from 1969 to 1973. He was in private practice in Oneida and Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1973 to 1991. He was a County attorney (part-time), Scott County, Tennessee, from 1976 to 1991. He was then a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee from 1991 to 2002.

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District court service

On June 26, 2002, Phillips was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee vacated by James Howard Jarvis II. Phillips was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 14, 2002, and received his commission on November 15, 2002. He took senior status on August 1, 2013, and was succeeded by Judge Pamela L. Reeves.

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James Howard Jarvis II was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James Howard Jarvis II
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
2002–2013
Succeeded by
Pamela L. Reeves

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