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Sheila Calloway

The Honorable Sheila Calloway

Board Director, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Judge Sheila Calloway, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, came to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 to attend Vanderbilt University Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1991 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994. After graduating from law school, Judge Calloway worked at the Metropolitan Defender’s Office in the adult system as well as the juvenile system. In January 2004 she was appointed by Judge Betty Adams Green to the position of Juvenile Court Magistrate and served in that role until November 2013, when she announced her intention to run for the position of Juvenile Court Judge.

Judge Calloway was elected Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge in 2014 and was sworn into office for an eight-year term on August 28, 2014. She was re-elected for another eight-year term in August 2022.

Judge Calloway serves as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, where she teaches trial advocacy. She also teaches juvenile law as an adjunct professor at Belmont College of Law.

Judge Calloway uses her unique combination of humor, passion, and judicial wisdom to change the way we look at justice in the United States.