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Thomas Maxfield Bahner, American Lawyer ( law: pract. & administration)Civil litigation, federalCivil litigation, stateCorporate, generallawyer. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Carson-Newman College, 1984; board directors Chattanooga United Way, 1990^, chairman fund drive professional division, 1992; member merit selection panelfor Bankruptcy Judges, United States District Court, 1993, member Liberty Bell Awardcom.


Bahner, Thomas Maxfield was born in 1933 in Little Rock.


Bachelor of Science, Carson-Newman College, 1954. Bachelor's Degree, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1957. Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1960.


Bar: Tennessee 1960, Virginia 1960, United States District Court (eastern district) Tennessee 1961, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1970, United States Court Appeals (6th circuit) 1970, United States Court Appeals (8th circuit) 1972, United States Court Appeals (4th circuit) 1975, United States Court Appeals (3d circuit) 1988, United States Court Appeals (federal circuit) 1992. Association Kefauver, Duggan and McDonald, Chattanooga, 1960-1962. Partner Duggan, McDonald and Bahner, Chattanooga, 1962-1964, Chambliss, Bahner, Crutchfield, Gaston and Irvine (name changed to Chambliss & Bahner), Chattanooga, 1964^.

Member of advisory commission civil rules Tennessee Supreme Court, chairman, 1982-1989, member board professional responsibility, 1982-1985, chairman finance committee, 1984-1985. Board commissioner Hamilton County Law Library. Senior contributing editor: Evidence in America, the Federal Rules in the United States, 1987.

Board of directors Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, 1962^, president 1974-1975, chairman 1976-1977. Trustee Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, 1975-1987, 89^, chairman of the board of trustees, 1983-1987, 90-92, member president search committee, 1977. Director, organizer United States District Court History Society.

Active Hamilton County School Board, 1970-1975, Chattanooga Symphony, 1980-1983.


Creeds should be rejected as they may compromise a believer’s obligation to interpret the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


Candidates for political office should endorse the Judeo-Christian beliefs, convictions, and values upon which society should rest.


Every individual should try to be open to others and willing to be changed. Therefore, community members should meet regularly in order to open their hearts. Share their knowledge, thoughts and experience.


Board directors Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, 1962—1999, president, 1974—1975, chairman, 1976—1977. Member board trustees, secretary BOTA Foundation, since 1985. Member board trustees Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, 1975—2002, chairman board trustees, 1983—1987, 1990—1992, member president search committee, 1977, 1999—2000.

Member, director, organizer Eastern District Tennessee United States District Court History Society, vice president Eastern District Tennessee, since 1993. Member, organizer, board directors Tennessee Supreme Court History Society, president, 1997. Active Hamilton County School Board, 1970—1975.

Board directors Chattanooga Symphony, 1980—1983, Chattanooga United Way, 1990—1996, chairman fund drive professional division, 1992. Member merit selection panel for Bankruptcy Judges United States District Court, 1993—1994. Member award committee Liberty Bell.

Board directors Chattanooga Community Foundation, since 2005. Fellow: Virginia State Bar, Chattanooga Bar Foundation (life. Founder), Tennessee Bar Foundation (life).

Member: American Bar Association (Tennessee Bar delegate 1984-1990, nominating committee 1990-1999, board governors 1999—2002, executive committee 2001-2002, executive director search committee 2005-2006, standing committee ethics and professional responsibility 2005-2008, division chair since 2009, state delegate), Task Force Revise Judicial Conduct Rules (chair since 2009), University Chattanooga Foundation Inc. (member board 2003, executive committee 2008), Tennessee Continuing Legal Education (Blue Ribbon Committee 2007), Tennessee Supreme Court, Chattanooga Bar Association (president 1969-1970, medical-legal committee 2004-2007, president's award 1995, Ralph H. Kelley Humanitarian award), Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Tennessee Bar Association (board governors 1975-1982, president 1980-1981), 6th Circuit Judicial Conference (life), Conference Southern Bar President (chairman 1980-1981), American Board Trial Advocates, Estate Planning Council (board directors 1971-1972), American College Trial Lawyers (state committee 1995-1999, professional committee since 1998), American Judicature Society, International Association Defense Counsel, Chattanooga Rotary Club (secretary 1989-1991, 1st vice president 1997-1998, president 2001-2002), Mountain City Club, American Inns Court (master), Delta Theta Phi.


Married Sara M. Bahner. 3 children.