MEMPHIS, TN – After more than three decades with the office, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gen. M. Carter Myers has retired and was succeeded Monday by veteran prosecutor Jennifer Nichols.
Myers joined the office in 1977 and had served as a Criminal Court prosecutor, worked in the district attorney’s Child Support Unit and was administrative assistant over the Grand Jury Section for 21 years.
In November of 2012, Myers was appointed as top assistant by Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich who called him “one of the best and brightest.”
“Regardless of who was in the room or what the majority opinion was, Carter’s opinion always carried great weight,” Weirich said Monday. “He is that rare lawyer who does not talk merely for the sake of talking, but rather to express his well-reasoned opinion. His steadfast commitment to doing justice has made Shelby County and the people we serve stronger.”
Myers, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his bachelors degree and law degree from Memphis State University. He worked as a law clerk to Judge Robert Dwyer of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals before becoming a prosecutor.
He and wife Charlene have been married for more than 40 years. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Jennifer Nichols, the chief prosecutor for the Special Victims Unit, became the new deputy district attorney general on Monday.
She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham in 1988.
After practicing law in Florida, she joined the district attorney’s office here in 1991 and has prosecuted cases ranging from misdemeanors to capital murders.
“Jennifer and I started out careers as prosecutors in this office within months of each other,” said Weirich. “We shared an office in ‘the basement’ and have worked side by side since. She is one of the best prosecutors in the country. Few people work harder; few people are more trusted. She was best choice to fill the job and I look forward to working with her for many years.”
Nichols headed up the Child Abuse and Child Homicide Unit, the Gang Unit and served in the Major Violators Unit. She also served a stint with the U.S. Postal Service before returning to the district attorney’s office where she became the first female to head the gang prosecution unit.
As head of the Special Victims Unit, Nichols prosecuted cases involving child homicide, child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse of child victims, rape and aggravated rape of adult victims, and elder and vulnerable adult abuse.
She also is an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis law school where she teaches Trial Advocacy to third-year students.
Last year Nichols received the Crime Victims Rights Professional Award, a recognition by city and county mayors, the U.S. Attorney, the sheriff and the district attorney.
Nichols has a daughter, Austin, who is a student at Cumberland School of Law and whose goal is to become a prosecutor.