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Adgent, Anthony A.

Judge Adgent has served as an Administrative Judge since 2003. Prior to becoming an Administrative Law Judge he had extensive experience as a litigate in various Tennessee courts. He received his J.D. from The Nashville School of Law and his B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from Saint Ambrose College. He has completed all class requirements for his M.S. in Educational Psychology from Tennessee State University.

Judge Adgent has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator. He has received extensive training in judicial practice from The National Judicial College and The National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ). Judge Adgent has received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) and Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 49-40-60 I et. Seq. Judge Adgent also serves as a panelist for the Harvard Law School Ames Moot Court Program.

Carter-Ball, Joyce

Judge Carter-Ball has served as an Administrative Law Judge since 2004.  She received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. in psychology from Hampton University.

Judge Carter-Ball is licensed to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court.  In 1999, she began her service with the State of Tennessee as an Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Children’s Services.  In 2000, she began working with the Bureau of TennCare as an Assistant General Counsel.

Judge Carter-Ball has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator.  She has received training in judicial practice from the National Judicial College.  Judge Carter-Ball has received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) and Tenn. Code Ann. Sec.49-40-601 et. seq.

In April 2008, Judge Carter-Ball was invited by the National Judicial College to serve as a Group Facilitator for Mediation for Administrative Law Judges. 

Judge Carter-Ball’s first novel, “As Soft As Cotton,” was recently published.

Collier, Mary M.

Judge Collier has served as an Administrative Judge since 2004. She received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1991, and her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988 (Major: Mathematics; Minor: Business Administration). She has received extensive training in judicial practice from the National Judicial College, having completed the following courses: Mediation for ALJs, Administrative Law: Fair Hearing, Administrative Law: High Volume, Traffic Adjudication for ALJs, Advanced Evidence, Evidence Challenges for ALJs, Ethics for the Administrative Law Judge, and Administrative Law: Advanced. Judge Collier has also served as a Group Facilitator for the Administrative Law: Fair Hearing course. In 2010, Judge Collier was awarded the National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development for Administrative Law Adjudication Skills. In addition, she has been trained to hear cases brought pursuant to the IDEA and as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator.

In 1996, Ms. Collier began her service with the State of Tennessee in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General. As an Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel with the Civil Litigation and State Services Division, she gained State and federal trial and appellate court experience in a variety of subjects. Such subjects include employment law, ADA access, bid protest and contract litigation, and state administrative review. Prior to joining the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General, Ms. Collier was in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee, for five years.

Judge Collier is licensed to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court and has been admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee.

Collier, Richard

Judge Collier began serving as an Administrative Law Judge in 2011 and is assigned to the State Board of Equalization to hear appeals involving real and personal property tax assessments. Prior to his appointment, Judge Collier was employed as General Counsel with the Tennessee Regulatory Authority for thirteen years. While at the TRA, he served as a Hearing Officer in numerous utility rate and contested case proceedings. In his twenty plus years with the State of Tennessee, Judge Collier has also been an Assistant Attorney General representing state agencies and a state university in federal and state court actions and has worked with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission.

Before coming to Tennessee, Judge Collier was a member of a major law firm in Miami, Florida where he litigated insurance defense cases for nine years. He has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 1978 and received his law license in Tennessee in 1992. He has been admitted to practice law before the United States District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee and the Southern District of Florida.

Judge Collier earned his B.S. (magna cum laude) in Criminology from Florida State University in 1975 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1975. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree with honors from Vanderbilt University.

Judge Collier resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Bonnie, who is a Registered Nurse. They have four daughters and two sons-in-law.

Darnell, Stephen R.

Judge Darnell has served as an Administrative Judge since 2003. He is an alumna of the National Judicial College having completed the following courses: Mediation for ALJs, Administrative Law: Fair Hearing, Administrative Law: High Volume, Advanced Evidence, Evidence Challenges for ALJs, Traffic Adjudication for ALJs, Logic and Opinion Writing, and Dispute Resolution Skills. The National Judicial College has awarded him The Certificate in Judicial Development: Administrative Law Adjudication Skills.

He has fulfilled training requirements in compliance with Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31, General Civil Mediator. He has also completed required training to hear special education cases (IDEA) pursuant to T.C.A. §49-10-606 (b) and specialized mediation training for IDEA cases.

From 1991 to 2003 he was engaged in the practice of law specializing in civil litigation. He was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy from 1996 to 2006. From 1996 to 2006 he was also certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization. He is a former partner in the AV rated firms of Welker and Darnell and Bateman, Bateman & Darnell, P.C. He has received Certificates in Judicial Development from he National Judicial College in both Dispute Resolution Skills and Administrative Law Adjudication Skills.

England, Lynn M.

Judge England received her B.A. degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law. She was licensed to practice law in 1988.

Judge England began her career as a state employee with the Tennessee General Assembly while attending law school. In 1993, she became a Mediator with the Department of Labor. She also conducted mediations for the Department of Education Special Ed Division. She is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Dual Trained Civil and Family Mediator.

She was appointed as an Administrative Judge in September 2001. Prior to that time she also served as an Administrative Judge for the Nashville Electric Service. Judge England also serves as a member of the faculty of the Nashville School of Law where she is an instructor in Administrative Law.

Judge England is married to Neil Alexander. Together they have a 28 year old son and a 21 year old daughter.

Johnson, Ann M.

Judge Johnson has served as an Administrative Judge since 2000.  She received her J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University in 1994, graduating first in a class of 131 and receiving the Outstanding Graduate faculty award.  Additional schooling includes an M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Abilene Christian University.

Prior employment includes the position of Legal Consultant with the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service.  In this capacity she worked extensively on the Tennessee Growth Policy Law, conducting statewide training of county and municipal officials and Administrative Judges.  Ms. Johnson has also held associate positions in private practice dealing primarily with litigation and commercial law.  She served as Managing Editor of the Oklahoma City University Law Review and Instructor of English at the University of Tennessee.

Judge Johnson has received extensive training in judicial practice from the National Judicial College and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), has completed intensive training in the IDEA, and has satisfied the training requirements for the Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator.

 

LaFevor, J. Randall

Judge LaFevor has served as an Administrative Judge since 1999.  He received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1976, following his undergraduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University and active military duty as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army.  He has completed additional legal training at the Criminal Trial Practice Institute and the National Judicial College, and is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator.  Before joining the Administrative Procedures Division, Judge LaFevor was a Senior Assistant Public Defender in Davidson County until 1984, was engaged in the private practice of law in Nashville for eight years, and served as a Senior Referee of the Davidson County Juvenile Court from 1992 through 1998.

Minsky, Mark J.

Judge Minsky has served as an Administrative Judge since 1984.  During that time, he has exclusively heard property tax appeals for the State Board of Equalization.  Judge Minsky was employed directly by the State Board for approximately twenty years and held the position of Senior Administrative Judge for much of that time.  He joined the Administrative Procedures Division in 2003 when all of the State Board’s administrative judges were transferred to the Department of State.

Judge Minsky earned his B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan in 1978.  He received his J.D. degree with honors from Ohio State University in 1982.  Judge Minsky has received extensive training in appraising real and personal property from the Appraisal Institute and International Association of Assessing Officers.

In addition to hearing property tax appeals for the State Board of Equalization, Judge Minsky has served as vice president and general counsel for a national property tax consulting firm.  In this capacity, he represented taxpayers before boards of equalization as an attorney and registered agent pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 67-5-1514.  During this time, Judge Minsky oversaw the firm’s Nashville office and was responsible for filing appeals on behalf of taxpayers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama.

Judge Minsky has been active over his career in matters related to continuing education.  He is the primary author of Practitioner’s Manual for Appealing Property Taxes in Tennessee.  Judge Minsky has spoken on property tax related matters at continuing legal education seminars and other forums attended by lawyers, appraisers, registered agents, assessors and equalization board members.

Pogue, Leonard F.

Judge Pogue began serving as an Administrative Judge in 2005. Prior to this, he was engaged in the practice of law in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee for 17 years. He has completed the training to serve as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator as well as training in special education due process hearings and mediations pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of the South (Sewanee) in 1980 and earned his J.D. in 1987 from the University of Tennessee.

 

Safley, Joyce Grimes

Judge Safley received her B.S.N. degree in 1977 from Vanderbilt University, her M.S.N. degree in 1983 from Vanderbilt University, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Judge Safley was licensed as a registered nurse in 1977. Prior to attending law school, Judge Safley worked in various areas of health care, including working as a RN in critical care, in nursing management, and in hospital administration.  She was co-owner of a mobile imaging company for several years. 

Judge Safley was licensed to practice law in Tennessee in October 1989. After completing a year’s judicial clerkship, she practiced law with Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford for five years, and was a principal with Lackey, Rodgers, Price and Snedeker for six years. She practiced civil litigation in state and federal courts.  She has been listed as a Rule 31 Mediator with the Tennessee Supreme Court since 2000.

She received her appointment as an Administrative Judge in September 2001.  Since that time she has attended the National Judicial College, and has presented CLE’s on administrative law and mediation.

Judge Safley is married to attorney Mike Safley, Deputy Director of Law, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.  They have three children.

Stovall, Thomas G.

Director, Chief Administrative Judge, Administrative Procedures Division, Office of the Tennessee Secretary of State.  B.A. Earlham College; J.D. University of Tennessee.  Judge Stovall manages the office of administrative judges who preside over contested case hearings on behalf of Tennessee state and local administrative agencies.  He has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator and has received extensive training in judicial management and practice from the National Judicial College and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ).  Judge Stovall has also received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) and Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 49-40-601 et. seq.  Judge Stovall is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Central Panel Directors Conference and NAALJ. Judge Stovall is the current chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and is also currently a member of the TBA Task Force on Judicial Conduct Rules.  He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the NAALJ.  Judge Stovall has spoken on administrative law and special education topics before the TBA, Nashville Bar Association, and Tennessee Attorney General’s continuing legal education seminars, and the Tennessee Association of Administrators of Special Education.  He has also been a panelist at numerous NAALJ national conferences.  Judge Stovall is a former instructor of administrative law at the Southeastern Paralegal Institute and is the author of Alternative Dispute Resolution of County-Urban Growth in Tennessee, Spectrum, Vol. 75, No. 1, Winter 2002.

 

Summers, D. Kim

Judge Summers received her B.S. degree in Finance and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Maryland. She was licensed to practice law in Tennessee in 2000.

Judge Summers began her career as a Tennessee state employee in 1999 with the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Thereafter, she worked as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Sundquist, Legal Counsel at the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and Deputy / Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Human Services. She was appointed as an Administrative Judge in December 2011.

Judge Summers is married to Senior Judge Paul Summers.

Thompson, Brook K.

Brook Thompson began serving as an Administrative Law Judge in 2009 and is assigned to the State Board of Equalization to hear real property and personal property tax appeals.  A twenty year veteran of state government, he has served in a variety of capacities in the Department of State including Director of Charitable Solicitations and Director of Business Services.  From late 1995 until early 2009 he served as the State Election Coordinator in Tennessee overseeing and supervising all elections conducted within the state.

Wall, Marion P.

Judge Wall has served as an Administrative Judge since 1988.  He was a Morehead Scholar and received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Mathematics, with Honors in English from the University of North Carolina in 1976.  He received his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1980.  After clerking for the Hon. Kent Sandidge, United States Magistrate, he entered private practice in Nashville, where he engaged in a general litigation practice, with particular emphasis on administrative practice.

Judge Wall has attended the National Judicial College, and has received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act .In addition, he has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator.

Judge Wall is licensed to practice law by the Tennessee Supreme Court and has been admitted to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Judge Wall is a frequent lecturer on Administrative Practice and Procedure, Evidence, and Ethics.

Williams, Mattielyn B.

Judge Williams has served as an Administrative Judge since February 1996.  She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University, in 1982, and B.A. in Psychology from Yale University, in 1979.

Judge Williams has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator and is an alumna of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.  Judge Williams has received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediation, brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) and Tenn. Code Ann. Section 49-40-601 et seq.

Judge Williams began her career in State government with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, working with Geier desegregation lawsuit matters, as well as staffing a host of enrichment programs, from Eisenhower Mathematics and Science grants to the Minority Teacher Education Fellowship Program. 

Judge Williams is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, Napier-Looby (affiliate of National Bar Association.) Bar Association, Lawyers Association for Women, and NAALJ.  Judge Williams is the first African-American and first State-employee member of the Editorial Board for the Tennessee Bar Association Journal.  Judge Williams has served as a panelist at Nashville Bar Association CLE and NAALJ programs.

Wilson, Rob

Judge Wilson has served as an Administrative Judge since 2001. He received his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law and his B.A. from Temple University.

Judge Wilson has been trained as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 general civil mediator. He has received extensive training in high volume administrative hearings from the National Judicial College and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ). Judge Wilson has received the required training in special education law to conduct special education due process hearings and mediations brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA) and Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 49-40-601 et. seq.

Judge Wilson is a member of the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Administrative Law Judges.