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Don_Ash_photo_2Judge Don R. Ash
Judge Don R. Ash served the 16th Judicial District Court including Rutherford and Cannon County, from 1994 to 2012. While Circuit Judge, he also served as presiding judge over the 16th Judicial District Drug Court and DUI Court. In September of 2012, he was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to serve as one of four Senior Judges for the State of Tennessee. He has authored over thirty-five appellate opinions while sitting as a Substitute Judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Beginning in 2009, he taught Civil Procedure at the Nashville School of Law. Judge Ash received his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, his law degree from the University of Memphis and a Master of Judicial Studies degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 25 years. They have four children, Taylor, Julia, Hugh, and Joy, and three grandchildren, Harper, Quinn, and Hayes.

He has received numerous awards which include the Leadership Rutherford/Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Community Service, Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Service To Families Award, and the Rutherford County Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2006, he was designated as a Distinguished Alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University and was recently inducted into the Tennessee Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame.  Judge Ash is the author of “A Bridge over Troubled Water: Changing the Custody Law in Tennessee,” University of Memphis Law Review, and Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges, Bernet and Ash, Kreiger Publishing, 2007.  


He is a past president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference. In 1998, Judge Ash was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary which oversees judicial conduct for all Tennessee judges.  He was elected presiding judge of the Court of the Judiciary in 2007 and served in that role through August 2011. He is an alumnus of the National Judicial College and joined its faculty in 2001. 


ashfordJudge Jason E. Ashford

Jason E. Ashford is the State Court Judge for Houston County, Georgia, where he was elected in November, 2010.  As State Court Judge, he presides over civil and criminal jury trials and is a vocal advocate for mediation, court technology and docket efficiency.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ashford was a prosecutor for over a decade.   He was the District Attorney and Chief Assistant District Attorney in Houston County, where he was responsible for prosecuting serious violent felonies and homicides.  He is an adjunct professor for almost 15 years for Macon State College specializing in Computer Law and taught Government Contracting for several years at Georgia College and State University.  He is the author of many articles in academic and practitioner publications, and travels regularly to speak on issues of prosecution ethics and technology.

Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Judge Ashford was an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, and served as Comptroller and Support Flight Commander for the 5th Combat Communications Group at Robins Air Force Base. While in the 5th, he was responsible for group logistics, civil engineering, supply, equipment issue, and transportation.  After serving as an active duty officer, he then joined the Georgia Air National Guard, where he was the Commander of the 116st Security Forces Squadron for the 116th Air Control Wing, heading a 60-person unit.

Judge Ashford holds a Bachelor of Science in economics and a Juris Doctorate, both from Florida State University.  He is a former President of the Warner Robins Optimist Club and the Houston County Bar Association, and is active in community and philanthropic organizations.  He and his wife, Tina, occasionally write a computer column, TechnoFiles.  They enjoy horseback riding, tennis, and outdoor activities.  Together they have one son, Ryan.


Judge Joseph J. Farah

Hon. Joseph J. Farah was born and raised in Flint, Michigan.  He graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979.  He was a private practitioner 1980 until 1998 and his major areas of practice were appellate work, criminal law and domestic relations.  Judge Farah was appointed to the Genesee County Circuit Court in March 1998, replacing Hon. Thomas C. Yeotis, and has run unopposed since.  He was originally assigned to the Family Division and handled domestic and juvenile cases until 2005, and he is currently assigned to the Civil/Criminal Division.

Judge Farah is a member of the Genesee County and Michigan Bar Associations, and West Flint Optimist Club.  He is a board member of the Centennial Inns of Court, Michigan Judges Association, Metro Community Development, and Michigan Board of Law Examiners.  Judge Farah wrote and directed a short film entitled, "Jury Duty:  It Isn't Fair If You're Not There", which was distributed statewide.  He is a frequent lecturer on evidence to students, lawyers, and judges.



Judge Leslie G. Johnson

Judge Leslie G. Johnson is retired as the Director of the Mississippi Judicial College, a position which he held from 1992 until 2006. Prior to assuming directorship of the college, Honorable Leslie G. Johnson served as Administrative Director of Courts for the State of Alabama. He served the State of Alabama as Circuit Judge for fourteen years and prior to that he served as deputy district attorney for six years. 

He received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, his M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, his Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and his LL.M. from the University of Mississippi.  Judge Johnson also served as the Director of the American Academy of Judicial Education from April 1997 to February 2003 and served as Director of Off-Campus Programming for the National Judicial College from February 2003 to October 2005.  He currently has a private law practice in Florence, Alabama.



Judge Barbara McDermott

Judge Barbara McDermott serves on the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas (First Judicial District of Pennsylvania) and has been assigned to the homicide program for ten years. She serves on various committees of the First Judicial District (FJD), and chairs the Jury Committee.  She also represents the FJD on the executive committee of the PA Conference of State Trial Judges (PCSTJ) and is co-chair of the Criminal Law Section. Judge McDermott has previously served as the National Association of Women Judges’ District Director for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. She has also served as co-chair of the Women Judges’ Initiative of the FJD, developed a Trans-Competency training curriculum for the FJD, and moderated judicial presentations at the women’s prison in Philadelphia. She is a member of the executive committee of the Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court and is a Board Member of the Urban Resources Development Corporation (a faith-based housing non-profit organization).

Judge McDermott lectures frequently for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, judges moot court competitions, and has taught at Arcadia University in Philadelphia. Judge McDermott guest lectures at numerous colleges and law schools as well as developing and presenting at biannual judicial educational programs for trial and appellate judges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She was a criminal defense trial attorney (1990-2011); law clerk, Court of Common Pleas (1990-2001); Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia (1984-1990); Assistant Counsel and Special Deputy Attorney General, Department of Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1980-1984). Judge McDermott is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Seton Hill University.

Daniel D. Narum

​​​Judge Narum was appointed to the District Court Bench in 2006, elected in 2008, reelected in 2010 and 2016.  He serves as the Presiding Judge of the Southeast Judicial District administering judicial services to 14 counties containing vast stretches of sparsely populated agricultural land and 3 of North Dakota’s population centers, with a team of just 7 judges.

Judge Narum is a general jurisdiction trial judge with unlimited civil jurisdiction, as well as Family, Juvenile and Probate Court dockets. His criminal court docket includes misdemeanor and felony matters.  Judge Narum chairs the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee of the North Dakota Supreme Court which provides ethics opinions to judges. He also serves on the Administrative Counsel of the North Dakota Supreme Court and has previously served on the Juvenile Policy Board, Court Technology Committee and the Judicial Planning

Judge Narum served as the President of the North Dakota Judges Association 2012-13.  He has provided continuing legal education on a wide range of topics including, Civil Practice, Ethics, Family Law, and Firearms in the Courtroom.  Prior to taking the bench he was a partner at Kessel Splitt & Narum, PC in LaMoure ND where his practice areas included real estate, probate, business and telecommunications law. In addition to private practice, Judge Narum served as State’s Attorney for LaMoure County until his appointment to the bench. He also served as State Judge Advocate for the North Dakota American Legion. 

He is a 1999 graduate on the University North Dakota School of Law and a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. He served in the United States Navy 1987-90 and Naval Reserve 1990-91.  Judge Narum is a member of the State Bar Association of North Dakota and licensed to practice in all North Dakota Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Judge Narum lives in LaMoure, ND with his wife Caroline Homan, son Asher and
daughter Ellery. He serves his small community as an active member of the Lion’s Club and American Legion and served as a volunteer fireman for 12 years.  Judge Narum is an avid outdoorsman, hunter and horseman. He is an archery, shotgun and outdoor survival instructor for 4-H and has served as a volunteer Hunter Education instructor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department for more than 20 years.


nevinJudge Jack F. Nevin 

Jack F. Nevin is a Superior Court Judge in Tacoma Washington. Judge Nevin is retired from the Army Reserve where he holds the rank of Brigadier General. In his last duty position he held a “dual hatted” position, serving as Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Commander US Army Reserve Legal Command (Provisional). His Army career included duty in Asia, Europe, Central America, South America, Africa, and the Balkan Peninsula. In 2009 he was awarded the Army’s Distinguished Service Medal.

In 2001 Judge Nevin served as Presiding Judge for the Detention Review Commission, United Nations Command, Kosovo. In 2002 he assisted the government of El Salvador in establishing its first victim witness assistance program. Most recently, Judge Nevin has focused his effort in the areas of post conflict governance, where in both civilian and military roles he has worked in areas ranging from the development of ethnically neutral bar examinations in Kosovo, to judicial training in Bosnia-Herzegovina and former Soviet Union. In 2005 he assisted the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina in development of a new criminal code. He has lectured in Argentina on the development of Public Disclosure legislation and in Africa on the successful prosecution of government corruption. His most recent endeavors have included contributing to a long term project on reconstruction of the Iraqi Court System. In 2009-2011 he lectured on issues of public corruption in Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Chad.

Judge Nevin is a 1996 graduate of the Air War College and 1998 graduate of the Army War College. He currently serves on the board of advisors of the National Institute of Military Justice through which he provides guidance and assistance to both the legislative and executive branches of government on a host of military law issues. In this capacity he also serves as a trial observer at the Office of Military Commissions, Military Tribunals Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Judge Nevin has lectured throughout the United States on a host of subjects focusing primarily on trial practice and the rules of evidence. He serves as faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Washington State Judicial College. Judge Nevin has taught on the undergraduate and graduate level for approximately thirty years. Currently, he serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and Military Law at the Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor Kessler Edison Trial Advocacy Program at Emory University School of Law and Lecturer Humanitarian Law Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. Judge Nevin has lectured and published extensively in subjects ranging from military retirement benefits as community property to post conflict governance and the international law implications of military tribunals. He has written Montana’s Real Property Forfeiture Statute: Will it Pass Constitutional Muster? Volume 54 No. 1 Montana Law Review, Winter 1993, Tellevik v. Real Property: Washington’s Constitutional Dilemma Volume 29 No. 2 of the Gonzaga Law Review, Spring 1994, Conviction, Confrontation and Crawford; Gang Expert Testimony as Testimonial Hearsay Vol. 34 Seattle University Law Review Spring 2011 and Neither A Model of Clarity Nor A Model Statute: An Analysis of The History, Challenges, and Suggested Changes To the “New” Article 120 Volume 67 Air Force Law Review 2011.

Judge Nevin holds a BA from Washington State University and an MBA\J.D. from Gonzaga University.

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