Gov. Lee Announces Judicial Appointments 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced three key judicial appointments.

“I am proud to announce the appointment of these highly qualified individuals and value the significant experience they will bring to their respective roles,” said Gov. Lee. “I appreciate their leadership and am confident they will serve Tennesseans with integrity.”

The following Tennesseans have been appointed:

Jennifer Nichols, 18th Judicial District Circuit Court.

Jessica Parrish, 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court.

Jim Newsom, 30th Judicial District Chancery Court.

Jennifer Nichols currently serves as assistant district attorney for the 18th Judicial District. Nichols earned her bachelor’s degree at University of Alabama and juris doctor at Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. The 18th Judicial District covers Sumner County. Nichols has been appointed to a new judicial position created by the General Assembly, effective September 1.

Jessica Parrish currently serves as assistant district attorney for the 22nd Judicial District. Parrish earned her bachelor’s degree at Austin Peay State University and juris doctor at Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at University of Memphis. The 22nd Judicial District covers Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties. Parrish has been appointed to succeed retiring Judge David. L. Allen, effective August 3.

Jim Newsom currently serves as special counsel at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Newsom earned his bachelor’s degree at Rhodes College and juris doctor at Vanderbilt School of Law. The 30th Judicial District covers Shelby County. Newsom has been appointed as special judge during Chancellor Jim Kyle’s disability status, effective immediately.


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