Clifford Shirley

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Clifford Shirley
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Title:   Magistrate Judge
Station:   Knoxville, TN
Service:
Active:   02/13/2002 - Present
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Lipscomb U., B.A., 1974
Law School:   University 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.[1]

Education

Judge Shirley received his B.A. degree from David Lipscomb College in 1974 and his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1977.[1]

Career

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.[1]

Notable cases

Lawyer contempt case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
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.[2]

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