Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway

Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway

Judge Sheila Calloway

Deputy Clerk – Lanique Leach, laniqueleach@jisnashville.gov

Sheila Calloway, originally from Louisville, KY, relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 to pursue her education at Vanderbilt University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1991 and later obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994.

Following her graduation from law school, Sheila embarked on a dedicated career within the legal system. She began her journey at the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office, where she served in both the adult and juvenile systems. In January 2004, Sheila was appointed by Judge Betty Adams Green to the esteemed position of Juvenile Court Magistrate. Her tenure in this role lasted until November 2013, during which she demonstrated a deep commitment to justice and fairness.

In November 2013, Sheila Calloway announced her candidacy for the position of Juvenile Court Judge, driven by her desire to continue serving her community in a more impactful capacity. She emerged victorious in the election and assumed the role of Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge in 2014. Her inauguration on August 28, 2014, marked the beginning of her first eight-year term in office. Recognized for her integrity and dedication, she was re-elected for another eight-year term in August 2022, a testament to her effectiveness and trustworthiness as a judicial leader.

Beyond her judicial responsibilities, Judge Calloway shares her wealth of knowledge and experience with future legal professionals as an Adjunct Professor at both Vanderbilt University Law School, where she teaches Trial Advocacy, and Belmont College of Law, where she imparts her expertise in Juvenile Law. Her commitment to education underscores her belief in the importance of nurturing the next generation of legal minds.

Judge Sheila Calloway is renowned for her unique approach to dispensing justice, blending humor, passion, and judicial wisdom to challenge traditional perspectives within the United States legal system. Her tireless efforts continue to shape the landscape of justice, leaving an indelible mark on her community and beyond.