Joe Manuel Is Candidate For Chancery Court Judge

Monday, October 7, 2013
Joe Manuel, second from left, is shown with Bobby Wood, Tony Sanders and Boyd Patterson
Joe Manuel, second from left, is shown with Bobby Wood, Tony Sanders and Boyd Patterson
- photo by John Shackleford

Joe Manuel on Monday formally announced that he is seeking election as Hamilton County Chancellor, Part I - the seat currently held by Chancellor Frank Brown who is retiring. 

At the local Pachyderm Club, attorney Manuel, the most recent past president of the Republican group, delivered remarks setting forth the key characteristics of a good chancellor. 

He said, “An ideal chancellor should have the wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job and the steel in his spine of a good high school principal. This means that a chancellor  treats every person who comes before them with dignity and respect; listens patiently to their issue, and, at the end of the day, delivers a 'just result' based upon the law. Therefore, I pledge to listen carefully,deliberate calmly, and rule wisely by applying the law and the equities to the case before me.

“I will continue in the same professional manner of Chancellor Brown that has instilled confidence in our citizens that in Chancery Court they will be treated respectfully, fairly, and impartially. I want citizens to continue to view Chancery Court as a means to secure the just, speedy, and fair resolution of disputes - rather than part of the problem.

“I pledge to serve as a trusted judge that treats each person with equal dignity and respect. My 35 years as an attorney, mediator and as a teacher of other attorneys to be mediators, gives me a firm foundation of knowledge, experience, and temperament to serve the people of Hamilton County.”

Joe Manuel is a native of West Tennessee, where he grew up on his family’s cotton farm. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Memphis State University and his law degree from the University of Tennessee.

He moved to Chattanooga after law school in 1978, where he worked as an associate and then partner in the Leitner law firm. In 1993, he became a special counsel for the city of Chattanooga with the Nelson, McMahan law firm before forming his own law firm.

Attorney Manuel was an early advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes such as mediation due to the excessive burdens of time and cost required to take a case to trial in court. He was in the first group of Tennessee attorneys to become a Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Rule 31 Mediator in 1997.

He is the senior author of the Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Handbook. He also created Internet-based, Continuing Legal Education courses in 1999 teaching mediation and arbitration known as the “The ADR Professor Series” in order to train other attorneys how to effectively serve as mediation and arbitration specialists.

He and his wife, Chattanooga native Emmaly (Wilbanks) Manuel have three children: Meredith; Wil; and Mary Melissa. Meredith is an Auburn graduate and is pursuing a second degree in nursing at UTC. Both Wil and Mary Melissa are avid junior golfers and actively involved in their schools.



All School Board Members But Rhonda Thurman Approve Going Ahead With Equity Study

All County School Board members except Rhonda Thurman said Thursday afternoon they are in favor of pushing ahead with an equity study sought by new Supt. Bryan Johnson. Ms. Thurman said she was "tired of bullying tactics by outside groups" such as UnifiEd and Chattanooga 2.0. She said the 132 people who signed a letter in support of the study include people "with deep pockets" ... (click for more)

Principal Selections Announced For Alpine Crest And Nolan Schools

Hamilton County Schools today announced the principal selections for Nolan Elementary and Alpine Crest Elementary for next school year. The talent team for the school district searched across the country to attract the best school leaders as part of their mission to attract great teachers and leaders to Hamilton County Schools. One search landed in Maine and the other in Nashville ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)

Katie Burrows Sets UTC Women's Basketball Staff

Chattanooga head coach Katie Burrows is putting the finishing touches on her new staff. The faces will remain the same, but the responsibilities will shift.   Assistant coaches Brittany Johnson and Jon Goldberg will remain on the staff and Debbie Black moved from Director of Operations to assistant coach. Former student-athlete Aryanna Gilbert will be the Mocs' student ... (click for more)

CASL: Thursday's High-Point Scorers

CUMBERLAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: None reported. RIDGESIDE HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Arianna Bond, Izzy Bauer, Drew Bond, Madeline Bond 17 – Beccan Fitzsimmons, Taj Goodman, Adelaide Bond, Jack Fitzsimmons 16 – Brynne Burkhart 15 – Alex Lowry 14 – Ryan Carpenter, Kathy Zeglen, Owen Eastman 13 – Asa Hedrick 12 – Erynn Whaley, Monica Suttles 11 – Wally ... (click for more)