VOL. 131 | NO. 48 | Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Valerie Smith Appointed Circuit Court Judge
By Bill Dries
Memphis attorney Valerie L. Smith is the newest Shelby County Circuit Court judge.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Smith’s appointment Tuesday, March 8, to fill the vacancy created by the death last year of Judge D’Army Bailey.
She was one of three finalists recommended by Haslam by a judicial nominating commission.
Smith is an attorney at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. Before that she was an assistant district attorney. She also clerked for Circuit Court Judge James Russell.
Smith earned her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
She serves through the August elections. The position is on the Aug. 4 ballot to fill the remainder of Bailey’s eight-year term, which runs through 2022.
Smith has pulled a qualifying petition to run on the August ballot.