Investiture Ceremony For D. Michael Dunavant As U.S. Attorney For Western District Of Tennessee
The Investiture Ceremony was held last week for D. Michael Dunavant as U.S. States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. The event took place in the Memphis City Hall Council Chamber.
Dunavant was sworn in September 21, 2017, with Chief U.S. District Judge S. Thomas Anderson administering the oath of office in Jackson, Tenn., making Dunavant the 50th person to serve as the chief federal prosecutor for the Western District.
Dunavant was nominated by President Donald Trump on June 12, 2017 and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 14, 2017.
“I am extremely humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve the citizens of the Western District of Tennessee as their top federal-law enforcement officer. This responsibility will not be taken lightly. I, along with the dedicated professionals in the U.S. Attorney’s Office are committed to ensuring a safer community for our citizens in this 22-county district. I want to thank President Trump for his nomination.”
Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Dunavant served as District Attorney General, 25th Judicial District of Tennessee. For eleven years prior to that, he was a partner in the law firm of Carney, Wilder and Dunavant, in Ripley, Tennessee.
Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Dunavant was the elected District Attorney General for the 25th Judicial District of Tennessee, where he served as the chief state criminal prosecutor for Lauderdale, Tipton, Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy counties in West Tennessee. Mr. Dunavant was first elected to serve as District Attorney in 2006, and was re-elected to the position in 2014. Prior to his service as District Attorney, Mr. Dunavant was a partner in the law firm of Carney, Wilder & Dunavant in Ripley, Tennessee. A native of Ripley, Tennessee, Mr. Dunavant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree with honors from University of Mississippi at Oxford, and has been practicing law in West Tennessee since 1995.
As District Attorney General, Dunavant served as the President of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and also served on the Legislative Committee, the Child Support Committee, and the Justice & Professionalism Committee. Mr. Dunavant was a member of the Tennessee Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse, and has served on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Lauderdale County Carl Perkins Child Advocacy Center. In 2009, Mr. Dunavant received the CPIT Excellence Award from the Tennessee Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers, for his commitment to a collaborative approach to investigations of child sexual abuse cases. In 2012, Mr. Dunavant was appointed by Governor Haslam to the Tennessee Medical Examiner Advisory Council, where he served along with Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dryzehner and others to develop best practices and policies regarding the medical examiner system and how forensic pathologists perform and report autopsy findings. Mr. Dunavant has been an active member of the Anti-Drug Coalition of Tipton County, and a member of the Covington Rotary Club. Mr. Dunavant also served with other District Attorneys across the State on a Sovereign Citizen Working Group of the Tennessee Department of Homeland Security, to better identify and respond to criminal activity and threats by sovereign citizen individuals and organizations. In 2015, Mr. Dunavant was the recipient of the DUI Prosecutor of the Year award from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office West Tennessee Law Enforcement Network for his work in impaired driving prosecutions. In 2014, Mr. Dunavant and his wife, Marianne, were the recipients of the “Champion of Victims’ Rights Award” by the Trauma, Faith, and Resilience Initiative, for their work in the area of crime victims’ rights and advocacy.
Dunavant and his family are active members of the First Baptist Church in Covington, and live in Tipton County.