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Knox County Public Defender admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers


KNOXVILLE – Mark Stephens, Knox County’s Public Defender, has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

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Mark Stephens

The induction ceremony at which Mark Stephens became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 570 during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2019 Spring Meeting of the College in La Quinta, California. The meeting had a total attendance of 750.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

“I am honored to have been inducted into the College among some of the very best lawyers in our profession," Stephens said.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. Mark Stephens is Knox County’s longtime Public Defender and has been practicing in this city for thirty-nine years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Published March 9, 2019



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