ORDINANCE NO. BL2005-667
An ordinance naming the criminal courts building on Second Avenue North, adjacent to the Ben West Building, as the "Justice A. A. Birch Building".
WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Government is in the process of constructing a new criminal courts building to join the existing Courthouse and Ben West Building in housing our city's courts; and
WHEREAS, Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., has faithfully served the citizens of Davidson County as a lawyer, judge, and Supreme Court Justice; and
WHEREAS, Justice Birch received his J.D. degree from Howard University in 1956, where he served on the Howard Law Review; and
WHEREAS, Justice Birch served as an assistant public defender in Davidson County from 1963 to 1966, and as an assistant district attorney general in Davidson County 1966-1969; and
WHEREAS, from the years 1969-1987 Justice Birch served Davidson County first as a General Sessions Court judge and then as a Criminal Court judge; and
WHEREAS, Justice Birch was appointed to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 1987, where he served until being appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1993; and
WHEREAS, upon being elected to the Supreme Court in 1994, Justice Birch became the only African American to be elected state-wide to a governmental position in Tennessee; and
WHEREAS, in honor of the exemplary service of Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., to the citizens of Nashville and Davidson County, it is fitting and proper that the new criminal courts building be named in his honor.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. That the new criminal courts building on Second Avenue North, adjacent to the Ben West Building, be named the "Justice A.A. Birch Building".
Section 2. The biographical information for Justice Birch is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit A in accordance with Section 13.26.020 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws.
Section 3. This Ordinance shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.
Sponsored by: Vivian Wilhoite, Ludye Wallace, Brenda Gilmore, Jamie Isabel, Edward Whitmore, Tommy Bradley, Carolyn Baldwin Tucker, Sam Coleman, Buck Dozier, Harold White, Billy Walls, J. B. Loring, Chris Whitson, Jim Gotto, Jim Forkum, Rip Ryman, Jason Hart, Michael Kerstetter, Michael Craddock, Jason Alexander
|Introduced:||June 7, 2005|
|Deferred:||June 7, 2005|
|Passed First Reading:||June 21, 2005|
& Confirmations Committee
Public Safety Committee
Planning & Zoning Committee
|Deferred:||July 19, 2005|
|Deferred:||August 2, 2005|
|Passed Second Reading:||August 16, 2005|
|Passed Third Reading:||September 20, 2005 - Roll Call Vote|
|Approved:||September 22, 2005|