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Juvenile Court appoints Judge Smith

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Judge Derek Smith

Judge Derek Smith

Williamson County Juvenile Court Judge Sharon Guffee has appointed Derek K. Smith the newest magistrate judge. Smith will replace retiring Judge Jane Franks who has served the county since 1977.

Judge Guffee considers it an opportunity for juvenile court to draw upon the vast experience Judge Smith brings with him.

“Derek Smith has been an integral part of this community for 30 years," she said. "It is with great pleasure we welcome him to the bench at juvenile court.”

Prior to this appointment, Smith was the Deputy District Attorney General for the 21st Judicial District for almost twenty years. His experience in the District Attorney’s office included DUI prosecution, Drug Task Force prosecution, member of the Tennessee Child Fatality Team and Child Protection Investigation Team. Smith has handled extensive litigation in thousands of criminal cases.

In 2011, Smith was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam as Circuit Court Judge and Chancellor for the 21st Judicial District. Currently, he is in the private practice in the law firm of King, Turnbow, Smith & Vanzin. Smith handles a diverse amount of litigation in criminal defense, juvenile and family law cases.

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University and graduated from Vanderbilt Law School.

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