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Featured Alumni Profile (May 2019)      

Alumna of the Month, Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton

Alumnus of 2019Our Alumna of the Month for May is Judge Angelita Blackshear Dalton. Judge Dalton is Judge of Division II of the Davidson County (Nashville) Criminal Court. She was appointed to this position on November 20, 2017 by Governor Bill Haslam. Judge Dalton was first elected to the Davidson County General Sessions Court in 2006, becoming the first African American woman elected to a judgeship in Davidson County. She was re-elected for a second term in 2014.

Judge Dalton grew up in Nashville, TN graduating from Whites Creek High School in 1989. She then earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lane College in 1993 and her Law Degree from the University Of Toledo College Of Law in 1997.

As a judge that presides over criminal cases, Judge Dalton relies heavily on her varied experience in the legal community. In 1996, she served as a legal intern for Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. at the Tennessee Supreme Court where she performed legal research and drafted and edited memoranda for cases before the state’s highest court.

Prior to assuming the bench, Judge Dalton served in various positions with the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office from 1997 through 2005, handling cases that ranged from drug offenses and burglaries to rapes and first-degree murder. During her tenure in the District Attorney’s office, Judge Dalton specialized on the domestic violence prosecution team.

Judge Dalton has always sought to be fair while at the same time vigorously protecting the rights of everyone in Davidson County. As a judge, she continues to seek justice and make sure that everyone, both the accused and the victim, is treated fairly.

Since assuming the bench, Judge Dalton has actively worked, both inside the courtroom and in the community, to ensure efficiency in the courts. In 2010 and 2017, she was elected among her peers to serve as Presiding Judge of the Davidson County General Sessions Court. She has served on the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council, Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, and the Tennessee Committee on the Judiciary Leadership. She is a member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association, Nashville Bar Association, and Tennessee Bar Association. Judge Dalton was selected among lawyers across Tennessee to the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2007.

Judge Dalton is a member of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she has served on the Board of Trustees. While at Greater Bethel, Judge Dalton organized a ministry devoted to helping children in the community prepare for the school year by providing backpacks and school supplies. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Links, Incorporated. Through the Links, Judge Dalton has organized and facilitated Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Bullying Prevention seminars for high school and college students.

Judge Dalton and her husband, Derrick, are the proud parents of one son. Her devotion to her family and ties to the community are what drives her desire to serve the community and the people who live here. Being an active member of her church and other organizations are examples of her commitment to the community.

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