Shelby County General Sessions Magistrate
1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
Private practice - criminal and civil.
Corporate practice - In-House Counsel for Drexel Chemical Company.
Judicial experience - Shelby County Judicial Commissioner (magistrate) in General Sessions Criminal Court.
Appellate practice - drafted briefs for courts across the United States, argued before the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
I am licensed in three (3) stated and have appeared before every court in Shelby County. No other candidate for this office has as broad a practice experience as I. I bring a work ethic that is second to none. During my adult working life I have only taken one sick day.
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
Issue one - I will create a hospitable courtroom atmosphere, where all courtroom participants are treated with dignity and respect. I have been endorsed by groups who appear in Memphis Municipal Court regularly (Memphis Police Association, AFL-CIO Labor Council whose members include AFSCME representing the Memphis Municipal Courtroom Clerks) and many judges and lawyers. These groups and people know that my temperament as a member of the judiciary will result in a significant improvement in the courtroom atmosphere in Memphis Municipal Court Division 3.
Issue two - I will participate with other members of the judiciary and local and state officials to develop offices and programs to decrease the number people with suspended, cancelled, or revoked licenses, and determine ways to educate people about Tennessee Financial Responsibility law and ramifications/consequences of non-compliance.
3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?
The process of citizen involvement in judicial offices involves the process of citizen involvement in the legislative process. Citizens help create law by brining matters to the attention of the legislature. Although limited by the Rules of Judicial Conduct in matters which I am allowed to champion, I will encourage citizens to work with me in addressing my issue number two - above.