Van Turner, Jr., District 12
Before joining Bruce • Turner, PLLC, Mr. Turner was counsel at Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Cannada & Stevens, PLLC. Prior to that, he served as Associate General Counsel for the Board of Education of the Memphis City Schools and as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Samuel Hardy Mays, Jr., federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mr. Turner participates and has served on the board of directors of several legal professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, and the Memphis Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Turner has been active in a number of other professional, civic and community organizations, including the Economic Club of Memphis, Chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party, Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inns of Court, Board of Directors for the Memphis Branch of the NAACP, Leadership Academy, and Leadership Memphis.
Mr. Turner has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, C.C. Humphreys School of Law, LeMoyne-Owen College and Southwest Tennessee Community College. He also serves as the President and Executive Director of Memphis Greenspace, Inc. On December 20, 2017, the group removed the statue of KKK Imperial Grand Wizard Nathan B. Forrest from Health Sciences Park, and later, the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from Memphis Park.