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Montgomery Co. General Sessions & Juvenile Court Judge - Div. II

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    James Bagby

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    Reid Polland

Información Biográfica

Why are you running for Judge?

How has your background prepared you to serve as a Judge?

Education Ft. Campbell High School (94); Austin Peay State University (00); Nashville School of Law (08)
Work experience Montgomery County Adult Probation (2001-2004); Law Clerk Pete Olson Law (2004-2008); Associate Attorney Pete Olson Law (2008-2010); James Bagby Law (2010-2016); Assistant Public Defender 19th Judicial District (2016-Present)
Phone Number 9312201019
From the moment I started practicing law, I saw the positive impact that I could have on my client's lives by helping them with any of the legal issues that they may have. While in the practice of law I have seen first hand how a judge can affect the lives of litigants that come in front of them. As many people as we try to help within our private practice, many more come through the doors of the court house. Becoming a judge is the way I see for me to be have a positive impact on the largest number of people by being fair and impartial and simply applying the law as it is written.
My background has allowed me to see the law from many different aspects & has formed a well rounded level of experience. Prior to attending law school I was employed by Montgomery County Adult Probation. This allowed me to see the legal system from the prosecutorial side. While in law school & two years after, I was a law clerk & later and associate attorney for Pete Olson Law. Here I was able to gain experience in civil litigation, as well as criminal defense & juvenile court. This continued while in private practice as a solo practitioner. For the past 6 years I have worked as an assistant public defender in General Sessions Court. In this position I represent 10-30 clients a day. I also sit on the Veterans Treatment Court team.
Education J.D. Washington College of Law, The American University; Ph. D. in Special Education w/support fields in Clinical Child Psychology and Counseling Psychology, The American University; TN Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator
Work experience Practice law in General Sessions and Juvenile Court, Circuit Court, Chancery Court, United States District Court; Litigated both civil and criminal cases; Participate in Expungement Clinics/Programs ; Provide pro-bono and reduced cost services, Serve as a Supreme Court Rule 31 Mediator, Special Educator, Counselor for Children & Families, School Psychologist, Chairperson - Annual Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice, University Professor, Disproportionat Minority Contact Task Force, Teen Court, IEP Meetings/Manifestation Hearings, Truancy Hearings, Guardian Ad Litem, Solicitor Ad Litem and others
Phone Number 931-551-8300
I aspire to become the General Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge to address the many issues confronting the Montgomery County Community. As a judge, my goals are to provide equal justice to all, be fair and impartial, maintain judiciary independence, excercise both state and federal constitutional obligations, to uphold the rule of law, and gurantee due process to both plaintiffs and defendants.
My diverse educational background and varied experiences make me uniquely qualified to serve as a Gen. Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge. My background and experiences along with community involvement provides me with context, perspective and understanding of society and human behavior as well as what duties are to be performed by judges. My past and/or current community involvement includes Leadership Clarksville Class of 2014, Special Ed. and Juvenile Justice Task Force, Past President & Member Clarksville Civitan, Former Chair & Member of the Board of Two Rivers Ch. of the American Red Cross, Council of Parents, Attorneys & Advocates, Member of TN Bar Assoc., Montgomery Co. Bar Assoc., American Bar Assoc., Room in the Inn, etc
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