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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee|
|Active:||02/13/2002 - Present|
|Undergraduate:||Lipscomb U., B.A., 1974|
|Law School:||U. of Tennessee Law, J.D., 1977|
C. Clifford Shirley is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He was appointed to this position on February 13, 2002.
Judge Shirley was a private practice lawyer for 25 years before he became a Magistrate Judge. He spent 16 of those years with the law firm Lowe, Shirley & Yeager. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Lawyer contempt case (2010)
Judge Shirley declared prominent Eastern Tennessee Attorney James A.H. Bell in contempt of court. This came after Bell lied about meeting with a drug dealer to the judge. The drug dealer had actually been in jail at the time of the supposed meeting. Subsequently, on March 30, 2010, District Judge Curtis Collier harshly reprimanded Bell and ordered him to lecture on legal ethics to all the state's law schools and bar associations.
|Magistrate judges||Susan K. Lee • William Carter • Dennis Inman • Bruce Guyton • Clifford Shirley •|
|Former Article III judges||
John McNairy • Morgan Welles Brown • Herbert Milburn • West Hughes Humphreys • Connally Findlay Trigg • David McKendree Key • Charles Dickens Clark • Edward Terry Sanford • Xenophon Hicks • George Caldwell Taylor • Leslie Darr • Frank Wiley Wilson • Thomas Hull • James Jarvis • Charles Neese • Robert Taylor •
|Former Chief judges||