Judicial & Administration

Kathy Sinback, Court Administrator & Media Contact

Phone: 615-880-2376 Direct, 615-310-7132 Cell | kathrynsinback@jisnashville.gov

Kathy has been with the Metropolitan Government since 1997. She began her career as an attorney with the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office, where she represented youth in delinquency cases and specialized in juvenile transfer litigation. She then moved to the Metropolitan Department of Law, where she served as senior legal advisor to the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. During Kathy’s time at Metro Legal, she also served as legal advisor to the Metropolitan Courts, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, and other Metro departments, boards, and commissions. Through these various positions, Kathy witnessed firsthand the root causes of delinquency in Nashville, such as poverty, school absenteeism/ suspensions, mental health issues, family conflict, addiction, and trauma. Kathy was brought on board to serve as Juvenile Court Administrator by Judge Sheila Calloway in 2014.

As Juvenile Court Administrator, Kathy helps ensure that Juvenile Court procedures are aligned with evidence-based best practices. In addition to overseeing the programs of Juvenile Court, Kathy serves as Juvenile Court’s public information officer. She also collaborates with Metro and community agencies to promote policy reforms to decrease delinquency and increase public safety. A primary area of focus is enhancing educational and behavioral supports in the schools for children and youth who have experienced trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Kathy was a member of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice in 2017. She currently serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Alignment Nashville Action Team on Student Discipline; Co-Chairperson of the Early Intervention Work Group of the Davidson County Community Mental Health Systems Initiative; and Chairperson of the Court Improvement Committee of the Tennessee Joint Task Force on Children’s Justice and Child Sexual Abuse. Kathy is a 2019 recipient of the Founder’s Award from End Slavery Tennessee for her work in bringing attention to the problem of human trafficking in Tennessee.

Magistrate Alan Calhoun

Deputy Clerk Nathan Patterson: nathanielpatterson@jisnashville.gov

Magistrate Calhoun has served since his appointment to the bench in October of 2002. His current duties include presiding over the Metro Student Attendance Center as well as Family Treatment Court.

Magistrate Calhoun received his B.A. from Duke University in Political Science in 1989 and his J.D. from UCLA 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 J. Michael O’Neil

Deputy Clerk Kathy Alspaugh: kathyalspaugh@jisnashville.gov

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

Deputy Clerk Tami Cousin: tamicousin@jisnashville.gov

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 Paul Robertson

Deputy Clerk Florida Rodgers: floridarodgers@jisnashville.gov

Paul E. Robertson is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking and the Nashville School of Law. He has specialized in Juvenile and domestic law since 2006. He has served as a Magistrate since 2013.

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 and recipient of the Southeast District Managers Leadership Award.

Magistrate Robertson formerly served on the Board of Directors of Traders National Bank, Tullahoma, TN and was a CASA volunteer for several years.

As a member of the First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill, Magistrate Robertson served on the Board of Trustees for over thirty years and most recently as the Chair of the Board and Church Administrator. Magistrate Robertson has been married to Diane J.P. Robertson and they are the parents of three children.

Magistrate Scott Rosenberg

Deputy Clerk Mikaylia Washington: MikayliaAWashington@jisnashville.gov

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.

In 2016 Magistrate Rosenberg was instrumental in founding the Nashville School of Law Juvenile Court Custody Clinic. The clinic provides practical legal experience for the students and legal representation for many unrepresented Juvenile Court litigants.

 Magistrate LeAnne Sumner

Deputy Clerk Sheyla Palomino: sheylapalomino@jisnashville.gov

LeAnne Sumner grew up in rural Georgia. She attended Furman University where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After working for a few years, LeAnne decided to go back to school to get her master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee. She then went on to obtain her juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee as well. LeAnne has worked as an attorney at the Davidson County Public Defender’s Office for almost twelve years. The last eight have been in the juvenile division. LeAnne is married with two kids and a dog. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, listening to music and having a good laugh. Her motto is to do everything with kindness, compassion and integrity.

Magistrate Jennifer Wade

Deputy Clerk Holly Hubler: hollyhubler@jisnashville.gov

Jennifer Wade began her career at Juvenile Court as an intern while attending 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 to attend law school. She attended the Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While in law school, she continued her work within the Ninth Circuit Court, Family Division as a Family Dependency Court Case Manager, and then as a Legal Extern with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services – Office of General Counsel.

After graduating from Thomas Cooley Law School, Magistrate Wade worked as an Appeals Hearing Officer with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice. She was also the Managing Attorney at the Cane Law Firm, before becoming a solo practitioner at the Law Office of Jennifer Wade. During this time, she practiced primarily in juvenile court where she focused on serving as a guardian ad litem on neglect and dependency case and counsel for students in truancy court. Magistrate Wade also worked as the Employee Relations Manager at the Nashville General Hospital.

Since becoming a Magistrate at Juvenile Court, Mrs. Wade served as the Director of the Metro Student Attendance Center (MSAC), where she led a team of case managers to provide support services for students who have been truant or chronically absent from school. MSAC serves to reconnect students to their school and improve long-term outcomes for students who have historically been truant. Magistrate Wade now serves as a divisional magistrate handling issues of neglect, delinquency, and the GRIP/GANG Court.

Magistrate E. Elijah Wilhoite

Deputy Clerk Veronica Carrasco: VeronicaCarrasco@jisnashville.gov

Magistrate Wilhoite received his B.A. from The University of Tennessee in Business Administration with a minor in Electronic Media in 2004 and received his J.D. from The University of Tennessee School of Law in 2007. While in law school, he participated in many organizations including Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law and The University of Tennessee College of Law Business Law Clinic.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Magistrate Wilhoite practiced in family law, estate planning, and contract litigation. In addition, he has dedicated a significant portion of his practice towards pro bono representation through the Legal Aid Society and served as a Guardian ad Litem in Juvenile Court wherein he represented children’s best interests in child welfare proceedings.

Magistrate Olen Winningham
Safe Babies Court

Olen Winningham was born May 5, 1964 at Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas, and grew up on military bases in Germany and the southeastern United States. He returned to his parents’ home state of Tennessee to attend college, graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He began his professional career in 1992 as a foster care worker with the State of Tennessee, and subsequently served as a case manager for the Metro Caring for Children Program and as a probation officer with the Family Services Division of Davidson County Juvenile Court. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Nashville School of Law in 2003 and was admitted to the bar later the same year. The following year he began practicing with the State Department of Children’s Services. In 2008 he accepted a position as an attorney with Child Support Services of Tennessee, where he remained until May 2022; from August 2012 forward he was the Lead Attorney/Legal Director for Davidson County Child Support Services. He and his wife Melinda (Mindy), an elementary school art teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools, reside in Nashville’s Inglewood neighborhood, surrounded by a menagerie currently comprised of three dogs and a cat. His pastimes include reading, listening to and collecting music on outmoded physical delivery systems, and following the football fortunes of the Pittsburgh Steelers.