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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Mar 26, 2019
U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves will become the chief judge of the Eastern District of Tennessee on April 1, succeeding U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan, who has held the chief judgeship for the past seven years, The Chattanoogan reports. Reeves is the first woman to hold a district judgeship in the Eastern District of Tennessee and becomes the first woman to hold the district's chief judge position in the court's 222-year history. She was nominated to her judgeship in 2013, confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2014. She received her law degree from the UT College of Law in 1979, and she practiced law in Knoxville until her appointment. She served as the first female president of the Tennessee Bar Association from 1998 to 1999.