A partner in a Knoxville law firm will discuss conviction expungement during a virtual talk sponsored by an Oak Ridge organization March 1.
The information about expungement will be presented by Wade V. Davies, managing partner at Ritchie, Davies, Johnson, and Stovall, a law firm specializing in criminal defense, a press release said.
The Lunch with the League presentation is scheduled from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1. It is titled “Cleaning Up the Past: Expanded Opportunities to Expunge Convictions.” It is open to the public.
“The path to expungement of a criminal record in Tennessee is complicated and not standardized across the state,” the press release said. “Changes to Tennessee law starting in 2012 created a partial path to voting rights restoration by providing a mechanism for expungement of certain convictions, and (they) were expanded again in 2021. The importance of expungement cannot be understated—it allows a person to seek employment without a criminal record and vote, thereby regaining their place as a meaningful member of society.”
Davies attended Pomona College in Claremont, California, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law and joined the RDJS firm during his first year in law school, the press release said. He graduated first in his class in 1993, became a partner at RDJS in early 1999, and is now the managing partner at the firm, the release said.
Davies’ practice includes both criminal defense and civil litigation. In his criminal defense practice, he represents clients at both trial and appellate levels and offers legal assistance for everything from state court cases to complicated federal trials, the press release said. In his civil practice, Davies focuses on litigation against both federal and state government and agencies, also serving as an expert witness on the standards for defense counsel in criminal cases.
Davies is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been honored with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s highest ranking (AV) and is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the Knoxville Bar Association, and is past chair of the Helen Ross McNabb Center Board of Directors.
Lunch with the League is organized by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge. League members and nonmembers are both welcome to attend the virtual presentation, the press release said. For instruction on linking to the live presentation, contact [email protected]. All League members will receive an email with the zoom link prior to the meeting. A couple of days following the presentation, you may view the recorded presentation on the League’s website at https://my.lwv.org/tennessee/oak-ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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