Leslie Kinkead
Administrative Office of the Courts
511 Union St Ste 600
Nashville, TN 37219
Work Phone: (615)741-2687
Fax Phone: (615)253-3423
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Leslie Barrett Kinkead, Esq., Tennessee Court Improvement Coordinator, Administrative Office of the Courts


Leslie is the Coordinator of the Tennessee Court Improvement Program and has been employed with the Program since 1998. The Court Improvement Program is funded through a federal grant for the purpose of improving the judicial system in regard to child welfare practice. As Coordinator, she develops and presents training programs to judges, attorneys, court and agency staff, foster care review boards and others involved in child welfare. She staffs the Court Improvement Work Group, a statewide multi-disciplinary group appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court that drafts revisions to the statutes and juvenile court procedural rules. She also provides technical assistance to juvenile courts. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and serves on the executive committee of the Juvenile and Children’s Law Section. She was a recipient of the TN CASA Advocate of the Year Award in 2008.


Prior to her position as Coordinator of the Court Improvement Program, Leslie maintained a private law practice for five years in Nashville. The majority of her practice included representation of parents and children in child dependency cases, and domestic law. She previously served as assistant district attorney for the Davidson County Juvenile Court.


Her degrees include a Juris Doctorate from the Nashville School of Law in 1988, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Work and Psychology from Thomas More College, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Nashville School of Law
Year Licensed: 1988
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 1988
Section Membership(s): Juvenile and Children's Law Section, TBA Members
Practice Areas/Areas of Interest: Family Law, Judges & Courts, Juvenile Law