Judicial & Administration

Kathy Sinback, Court Administrator & Media Contact

615-880-2376 Direct, 615-310-7132 Cell | KathrynSinback@jis.nashville.org

Kathy has been with the Metropolitan Government since 1997. As an attorney with the Metropolitan Department of Law, Kathy recently served as senior legal advisor to the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. She previously served as senior legal advisor to the Metropolitan Courts, including Juvenile Court, the Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, the Circuit and Criminal Court Clerks, and many other Metro departments, boards, and commissions.

Prior to joining the Metropolitan Department of Law, Kathy was an attorney with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office for nine years, where she represented juveniles in delinquency cases and specialized in juvenile transfer litigation. Through her various positions, Kathy has witnessed firsthand the root causes of delinquency, such as poverty, school absenteeism/ suspensions, mental health issues, family conflict, addiction, and trauma. She is committed to making the Juvenile Court a center of hope where we can work together to maximize the potential of every child.

Magistrate Alan Calhoun

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Appointed to the bench by Juvenile Judge Betty Adams Green in October of 2002, his current duties include presiding over cases of neglected and abused children as well as juvenile delinquency. Magistrate Calhoun also supervises the Family Treatment Court and Juvenile Drug Court programs.

Magistrate Calhoun received his B.A. from Duke University in Political Science in 1989. He received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1994. After graduation from law school, he accepted employment with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office in Nashville, TN where he remained until his appointment as a magistrate. While at the Public Defender’s Office, he practiced adult criminal defense for the first four years of his employment. He was then offered a lateral transfer within the office as the newly created position of Metro Guardian Ad Litem, a position he held immediately prior to coming aboard with Juvenile Court. In this capacity, he represented children’s best interests in child welfare proceedings before the Juvenile Court.

Magistrate Calhoun resides in Nashville with his family.

Magistrate Carlton Lewis

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Carlton Lewis attended Carson-Newman College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science, and graduated from Nashville School of Law in 1985. After serving as an Assistant Metro Public Defender from 1986-1991, he was in private practice with the Law Firm of Petway, Blackshear & Cain until September, 1998, when he was appointed Referee (Magistrate) at the Davidson County Juvenile Court. Magistrate Lewis has regularly heard cases involving delinquency, dependency and neglect, and has heard cases involving termination of parental rights, transfers to criminal court, and voluntary surrenders of parental rights.

Magistrate Lewis served three consecutive terms as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth; and he serves as the Executive Director’s designee to the Tennessee Second Look Commission; a body created by the Tennessee General Assembly to make recommendations that will reduce second and subsequent incidents of child abuse.

Magistrate Lewis serves as in instructor in Juvenile Law and Procedure at Nashville School of Law, where he was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015. He has volunteered as a judge in mock trial competitions with the Nashville Bar Association, Vanderbilt University School of Law, and Belmont School of Law. He is a former member of the Harry Phillips Inn of Court, and is a current member and student mentor with the Belmont University Law School Inn of Court.

Magistrate Lewis and his wife have two adult sons.

Magistrate J. Michael O’Neil

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Magistrate O’Neil has served on the Davidson County, Tennessee Juvenile Court Bench since 1998. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from Vanderbilt University and is an Honors Graduate of the University of Tennessee, College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Magistrate O’Neil practiced law with a commercial litigation firm in New Orleans, Louisiana and was also a solo practitioner. Magistrate O’Neil has received additional training at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the National Judicial College, and the Lipscomb University Institute for Conflict Management.

He is married and is the father of two.

Magistrate Julie Ottman

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Magistrate Julie Ottman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from Marquette University. She received her Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of Detroit, Mercy School of Law. After graduating from law school, Magistrate Ottman moved to Nashville, TN and was appointed as Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In that capacity, Magistrate Ottman prosecuted dependent-neglect and abuse cases on behalf of the State of Tennessee. In 2003, Magistrate Ottman was hired as an Attorney for Policy Studies Incorporated where she remained until her appointment as a Juvenile Court Magistrate in 2011.

Magistrate Melinda Rigsby

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Magistrate Rigsby was appointed to the bench on December 3, 2012 by Judge Sophia Crawford. She presides over juvenile delinquent cases as well as cases involving neglected and abused children.

Magistrate Rigsby received her B.S. in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and held a teaching certificate. She received her J.D. degree from Nashville School of Law. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was a prosecutor in the Davidson County Office of the District Attorney for 17 years. She served as Team Leader for the Juvenile Court Prosecution Team and also prosecuted cases in the General Sessions Courts.

Melinda Rigsby is a Nashville native.

Magistrate Paul Robertson

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Paul Robertson attended Tennessee State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Finance, Graduate School of Banking from Louisiana State University, and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law in 1992. He has specialized in Juvenile and domestic law since 2006.

Magistrate Robertson was employed for 30 years in the banking and regulatory fields and retired as Assistant Deputy Comptroller with the U. S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency with responsibilities for regulatory supervision of 26 nationally chartered community banks within 5 southern states. He also served as a southeast district Bank Information Systems manager for the Office of the Comptroller of Currency.

Magistrate Robertson was the recipient of the Southeast District Managers Leadership Award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Traders National Bank, Tullahoma, TN. He has been a volunteer for several years with the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA).

As a member of the First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, Magistrate Robertson is Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Church Administrator. Magistrate Robertson has been married to Diane J.P. Robertson, an Educator with Metro-Schools, for 35 years and they are the parents of three children.

Magistrate Scott Rosenberg

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Magistrate Scott Rosenberg is a 1990 graduate of the Nashville School of Law. He began his legal career with the District Attorney General’s office in Davidson County in the Child Support Division. In 1993 he was hired by the law firm of Joyce, Meredith, Flitcroft and Normand to handle child support cases. In his role as a child support prosecutor Magistrate Rosenberg had primary responsibility for URESA and Bankruptcy cases. Magistrate Rosenberg began private practice in 1997. His practice focused mainly on Domestic Relation cases. In 1998 Scott was appointed as the first Special Prosecutor for Domestic Relations cases by General Victor S. “Torry” Johnson. In 1998 Scott was also appointed as a Referee of the Davidson County Juvenile Court by Judge Betty Adams Green and was re-appointed in 2006.

Throughout the years Magistrate Rosenberg has served on several committees relating to child support issues at the local, state and federal levels. Magistrate Rosenberg served on the Department of Human Services 2005 Child Support Guideline Advisory Committee and the Department of Human Services 2006 Enhanced Child Support Enforcement Committee. In 2009 Magistrate Rosenberg was invited to become a member of the National Judicial Child Support Task Force under the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement.

Magistrate Jennifer Wade

Director, Metro Student Attendance Center
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Mrs. Wade is no stranger to Davidson County Juvenile Court. She began her time in Juvenile Court as an intern while attending school at Tennessee State University. Upon graduation from TSU in 2004, summa cum laude, she started as a Family Services Probation Officer here at Juvenile Court. She worked in that area until 2007 when she decided that she wanted to serve in a different role in the court system. She then decided to attend law school at the Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While in law school, she continued her work within the court system working as a Family Dependency Court Case Manager in Kalamazoo, MI, and a Legal Extern with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services – Office of General Counsel.

After graduating from Thomas Cooley Law School, Mrs. Wade worked as an Appeals Hearing Officer with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at ITT Technical Institute. She was also the Managing Attorney at the Cane Law Firm, before opening her own law firm. During this time, she practiced mainly in juvenile court where she focused on serving as a guardian ad litem on truancy and neglect and dependent cases.