Qualities Needed in a Judge Examined to Help Voters Decide

To help readers decide who would be the best candidate in an area judicial race, the Jackson Sun talks to a judge and two law professors about what qualities makes a good judge. They discuss intelligence, courtroom experience, a patient temperament and independent thinking. There are six candidates for Circuit Court judge in Division III of Tennessee’s 26th District. The paper asked guidance from Judge Roy Morgan, Division I Circuit Court; Brian Fitzpatrick, an associate law professor at Vanderbilt University; and Daniel Schaffzin, assistant professor of law and director of clinical programs and externships at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.