Speeches & Floor Statements
Posted on May 2, 2011
Mr. President, today I rise in support of the nomination of Kevin Sharp to fill a judicial vacancy on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Kevin is an upstanding individual and I am pleased to be able to support his nomination today.
As a governor, I appointed about 50 judges. I tried to determine if they had the character and the intelligence and the temperament to be a judge, whether they would treat people before the bench with courtesy and, most important, whether they were determined to be impartial to litigants before the court. I believe Kevin Sharp meets these qualifications and am pleased that he will bring that character and skill to his service on the bench.
Kevin is a native Tennessean and founding partner of the Nashville law firm Drescher & Sharp, where he has been an expert in employment law, employee benefits, and commercial disputes.
Kevin is a graduate of two prestigious Tennessee institutions of higher education. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Christian Brothers College, graduating summa cum laude. Then he earned his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University, where he was the Weldon B. White Scholar, Associate Problem Editor on the Moot Court Board, a recipient of the Appellate Advocacy Award and a research assistant on issues of constitutional law and habeas corpus.
As a lawyer, Kevin has repeatedly earned recognition from his peers, being named one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Best of the Bar in 2003 and each year from 2005 through 2009.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kevin served in the United States Navy as a flight crew member on the P-3 Orion operating in patrol/reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare capacities as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Kevin support from many prominent individuals from Tennessee including: Vice President Al Gore, Governor Phil Bredesen, Representative Harold Ford, Jr., and John Siegenthaler.
The seat Kevin has been nominated to fill is designated as a “judicial emergency” and has been vacant for four years since March 1, 2007. This is the 3rd longest vacancy on the list of judicial emergencies, and the people of Tennessee deserve to have this vacancy filled.
I am grateful for the opportunity to support the nomination of Kevin Sharp and I encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this nomination today.