Tom Coupé works for the Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County as Supervising Attorney of the Judge's Action Center and as the Court's Legislative Liaison to the Tennessee General Assembly.
Tom was involved in the creation and negotiation of the Department of Justice's Memorandum of Agreement with Juvenile Court and he currently serves as the Community Outreach point of contact created by the Agreement.
Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Memphis in 1995 and earned his J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2003. While at Southern Illinois University, Tom was Vice-President of the Student Body, a member of the Southern Illinois University Moot Court Board and was inducted into The Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy.
Before coming to Juvenile Court, Tom was a Court Improvement Attorney with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Prior to that, he was Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in Shelby, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties.
Tom is recognized by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist and was the first attorney in Shelby County certified by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization as a Juvenile Law-Child Welfare Specialist.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Child Welfare Law Specialist||National Association of Counsel for Children||2009|
|Supervising Attorney and Legislative Liaison||Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County||2007 - Present|
|Court Improvement Attorney||Tennessee Administratice Office of the Courts||2007 - 2007|
|Assistant General Counsel||Tennessee Department of Children's Services||2006 - 2007|
|Special Hearing Officer||Tennessee Department of Human Services||2005 - 2005|
|Assistant Attorney General||Tennessee Department of Children's Services||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Counsel for Children||Member||2009 - Present|
|Memphis Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Southern Illinois University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|University of Memphis||Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Memphis Bar Association’s Family Law Section||Procedures and Policies of Juvenile Court||2018|
|Juvenile Court CLE||Appellate Court Case Law Review||2018|
|Memphis Bar Association’s Family Law Section||Update on Juvenile Court Practice: Statutes, Case Law & Ethical Issues||2017|
|Shelby County Child Support Services 6th Annual Child Support CLE Seminar||Ethical Considerations when Practicing in Juvenile Court||2015|
|Memphis Bar Association, Family Law Section||Procedures and Policies of Juvenile Court||2015|
|Year End CLE||Juvenile Law Basics from Notice to Termination||2014|
|Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Fast Track 2014||Essential Tips for the Juvenile Court Practitioner||2014|
|Tennessee Association of School Social Workers Annual Conference||Adolescent Youth and the Court||2014|
|Juvenile Courts in Transition: Where We Have Been and Where We are Going||A New Juvenile Court: Successes and Challenges in the Wake of DOJ Invtervention||2014|
|Family Law Section Annual Seminar||Just Enough to be Dangerous: 11 Tips Every Juvenile Court Practitioner Should Know||2014|
|5th Annual Child Support CLE Seminar||Practicing Family Law in Juvenile Court||2014|
|Shelby County Child Support Services 4th Annual Child Support CLE Seminar||Practicing Family Law in Juvenile Court||2013|
|Memphis Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference Committee||Navigating Juvenile Court||2013|
|Memphis Bar Association||How the DOJ Consent Order May Change Your Practice at Juvenile Court||2013|
|Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court CLE Seminar||Juvenile Case Law Review||2013|
|Black HIistory Month||Juvenile Justice: Practical and Ethical Topics from the 2012 DOJ Report||2013|
|Law Office of J. Vincent Perryman Speaker Series||Administrative Office of the Courts Billing Procedures in Juvenile Court Cases||2012|
|Family Law Section Annual Seminar||If I Could Turn Back Time: Attacking Orders in Custody and Dependency & Neglect Cases||2012|
|Family Law CLE||Must have CLE for the Family law Practitioner in 2012||2012|
|Last Minute "Buy the hour" Seminar||Child Welfare Issues||2010|
|Juvenile Court Practice and Procedure Update||New Juvenile Rule of Procedure 32A and Foster Care Update||2009|
|Memphis Bar Association||Serving as Guardian Ad Litem: Perspectives from the Shelby County Juvenile & Probate Courts||2008|
|Juvenile Court Seminar||Dependency and Neglect from PCO to Foster Care||2008|
|Department of Children's Services training||Termination of Parental Right's Issues||2008|