MID-SOUTH COMMERCIAL LAW INSTITUTE FACULTY
HON. BARBARA D. HOLMES
HON. BARBARA D. HOLMES was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee on August 1, 2015. Prior to her appointment, Judge Holmes practiced law for almost 30 years in Nashville, representing clients in business workouts and bankruptcy and commercial litigation in federal and state courts, and custody and other juvenile law matters on a pro bono basis. Judge Holmes is a Master with the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. She is also a former director and past president of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute and a former director and past president of the Nashville Bar Association. Judge Holmes is a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, for which she previously served as Treasurer and as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is also a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the Nashville Bar Foundation for which she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Judge Holmes previously served on the Tennessee Bar Association Board of Governors, and is a past chair of the Executive Council for the TBA Bankruptcy Law Section and a past chair of the TBA Public Education Committee. She is also a member of the TBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. Judge Holmes is a delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and a former member of the ABA Commission on Youth at Risk. Judge Holmes previously served as a Hearing Committee member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. She is a frequent producer and lecturer on a broad range of continuing legal education topics, previously chaired the CLE Committee of the Nashville Bar Association, and chaired a special task force on continuing legal education for the NBA. Judge Holmes is also a recipient of the Nashville Bar Association's CLE Award for exceptional service to the NBA's CLE program. Judge Holmes was previously a Juvenile Court referee, where she heard cases involving truancy, dependency and neglect, and private custody and visitation disputes. She also chaired a statewide commission on juvenile justice issues for the Tennessee Bar Association, which, among other things, assisted with development of new standards for guardians ad litem.