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Hon. Patricia Hall Long
Knox County General Sessions Court
Division III Candidate
BA in English from Rhodes College
Attended Oxford University, England
J.D. from University of Tennessee, College of Law
Knox County Assistant Public Defender (92–94)
Hagood, Tarpy and Cox, with emphasis on Criminal Defense & Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation (97–07)
Knox County Assistant District Attorney (07–08)
Appointed Knox County Sessions Court, Judge Division III (08 –10)
Elected Knox County Sessions Court, Judge Division III (10 –present)
Member, Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference
Knoxville Bar Association, Past Member
Tennessee Bar Association
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Safety Center Task Force, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, West High PTA
What attributes do you possess that make you qualified for this position?
I am the experienced candidate. I have served as Sessions Judge for the last 5+ years, handling thousands of cases a month. Before that I worked for a total of 16+ years as either a prosecutor, a public defender, or a private attorney.
I understand that being a judge is much more than dispensing impartial justice; the judge must respect all of the parties involved in the process. I take the bench every morning with an eye to efficiency and justice and do not leave the bench, except for typically one 10-minute break, until court is concluded. Every day is an all-day docket, sometimes concluding after 5pm but usually ending around 1:30pm with no lunch.
I have conferred with Knox County's future DA, the Public Defender, the Sheriff, the courtroom clerks and the private Knoxville bar, and have verified that there is complete opposition to a separate "afternoon" criminal docket. The transportation logistics would require considerable taxpayer expense. Officers could be pulled off of the streets twice a day. All parties to the process would have no time to eat or for docket preparation, client/witness interviews, or jail visits. Witnesses would be inconvenienced. My court knowledge and experience matter.
Candidate Phone Number: 865-215-2370