LIVINGSTON – Felony’s child abuse attorney Caroline Knight announced today that she is running as a Circuit Court judge for the 13th Judicial District.
Originally from Tennessee, Knight has lived and worked in the 13th Judicial District, comprised of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White counties, since 2008.
“I did not attend law school with the aim of becoming a judge, but after gaining a balanced legal experience, I am forced to introduce myself. I think it’s a moral imperative and I will bring integrity to this position, ”Knight said.
The Circuit Court hears, among other things, divorce and child custody cases, contractual disputes and torts (including wrongful death), in two divisions: Part I and Part II. Knight, who has done business in each of these areas, is seeking election to Part II.
With more than fifteen years of extensive legal experience, Knight served as the Assistant District Attorney General for ten years and has served as a Districtwide Child Crime Prosecutor for the past five years. Knight’s jury trial convictions include first degree murder and robbery.
Knight was licensed to practice law in 2006 and has represented clients of Upper Cumberland in domestic matters, adoptions and property disputes as well as estates until 2011. Knight’s advocacy includes briefs for the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; and the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeal. Knight’s previous appointments include a special judge (on limited matters) and a hearing officer from the Crossville Housing Authority.
“Judges must respect the rule of law. Fair and impartial decisions are based on the facts presented, not on an agenda or personal motive, ”Knight said. “I look forward to treating the Circuit Court parties in an impartial and respectful manner.”
Knight, a former Cumberland County Commissioner, is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the TBA Leadership Law Class of 2013.
Knight is a founding board member of the Youth Achievement Foundation, Cumberland County; was a plenary speaker for American Legion Boys’ State; and served on various state and local boards, including the Legal Aid Society; the American Red Cross, Cumberland County Chapter, and the Avalon Center for Domestic Violence.
Knight lives in Crossville with her husband, Sean Stephens, and her twelve-year-old stepson.
Paid by the committee
elect Caroline Knight,
Garry McNabb, Treasurer.