YLD in the Community: A Young Lawyer Seeks, Wins Judgeship

Raised in Marshall County, Tenn., Lee Bussart Bowles is now serving as that county's first full-time General Sessions Court judge. As she has done so many times since beginning her legal career in 2001, Judge Bowles has embraced her new role, using the platform to serve her local community, the legal profession and the judiciary, writes Nashville lawyer Mary Beth Haltom in a profile of her Middle Tennessee colleague. Within months of taking office, Bowles placed a primary focus on juveniles and created an entire day dedicated to handling juvenile proceedings. She also quickly took on leadership positions within the judiciary, serving as the middle district vice president of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference and as a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, Haltom reports. And while Bowles could have used her election as an opportunity to pull back from bar service, she is as active as ever, serving as the Tennessee young lawyer delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, a delegate to the ABA YLD Assembly and a key leader in the ABA YLD’s anti-bullying initiative. Read more