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George T. Underwood Jr.
Knox County General Sessions Court
Division III Candidate
High School – Knox County Austin-East High School
College – East Tennessee State University
Law School – University of Tennessee – College of Law
Assistant District Attorney General – Hamilton County, TN – 1989-91
Assistant City Attorney – City of Knoxville Law Department – 1991-99
Underwood Law Office, P.C. – Knoxville, TN – 1999-2003
Spicer, Flynn and Rudstrum, LLC – Knoxville, TN – 2003-10
Underwood Law Office, P.C. – Knoxville, TN – 2010 - Present
Knoxville Bar Association (KBA)
William H. Hastie Bar Association (WHHBA)
Tennessee Bar Association (TBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
National Bar Association (NBA)
Received the KBA President's Award (related to involvement in the local bar association) Received the Knoxville Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Commission Advocacy
Award (related to involvement in the Knoxville Community) Knoxville Sport's Hall of Fame (Basketball)(2013)
Served on the KBA Board of Governors
Inaugural President of the William H. Hastie Bar Association
Served on the Board of Governors for: TN Ass'n for Black Lawyers (TABL) Kappa Alpha Psi International Fraternity, Inc. - life member
Served on the Beck Center Board of Directors
Served on United Way campaign
Member of Mount Olive Baptist Church East Knoxville
Coached youth recreational basketball in North and West Knoxville recreational leagues
Helped organize community health fairs and athletic camps
Participated in periodic Pro Bono legal service
Served on TN Supreme Court committees / panels
Basketball official in South, East, North and West Knox County
Knox area youth mentoring programs
Vice Chairman of Austin High School Alumni Association 2014 Celebration
Former member of the Knox County Education Association (KCEA)
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 2 youth summer camps and Christmas programs involvement
University of Tennessee Chancellor Associates (2001)
Various other civic and community involvements around Knox County (over the past 20 years)
Tell us about your practice concentration.
My practice concentration has ranged from preliminary hearings and trials in area General Sessions Courts for misdemeanors and felonies up to felony jury trials in Federal Court. Although, there are no jury trials in General Sessions Court the elements for DUI, possession of drugs, robbery, and all other criminal offenses remain the same whether it's a bench trial as opposed to a jury trial. Moreover, arraignments, bond hearings and like issues can be part and parcel to those type cases regardless of the decision maker. All of the foregoing constitutes part of practice concentrations I have had or have.
General Sessions Courts also have a civil dimension and adjudicate civil disputes up to a $25,000.00 limit (exceptions) with a wide variety of cases under $25,000.00. I have experience in litigating those. Concentrations may periodically shift. That has proven true dating back to the eight years I served as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Knoxville during which time the concentration of my practice there frequently involved advising and working with the police and fire departments on a daily basis.
What attributes do you possess that make you qualified for this position?
The attributes I possess that qualify me for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. VISION AND PROBLEM SOLVING
If elected, my vision for the Knox County General Sessions Court is to confer with the affected parties and determine whether a SPLIT DOCKET would help make the Knox County General Sessions Court more efficient as I believe it would and, if so, then implement it. There would be a 9:00 AM docket and a 1:30 PM docket which would be designated for hearings, only.
2.COMMON SENSE YOU CAN TRUST. If there is any court where common sense is especially important it's the General Sessions Court. The General Sessions Court is probably the front gate of the judicial system for most people. Most people who come into contact with the court system, civilly or criminally, probably at some point come into contact with the General Sessions Court.
3.LEGAL AND LIFE EXPERIENCE. My legal experience from practicing law over 20 years in a wide variety of legal practices and life experiences I have had which have given me broad perspective would be other attributes I believe qualify me for this position.
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