Elect Kim NelsonCircuit Court Judge 2014 - 9th Judicial District

Circuit Court Judge 2014 - 9th Judicial District

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Kim Nelson YOUR Choice
Wisdom and Intelligence
Kim has the wisdom and intelligence to know and apply legal rules, analyses and procedures to different facts and circumstances, and the ability quickly to perceive, comprehend, and understand new concepts and ideas.

Kim understands that true intelligence is more than the knowledge one possesses - its foundation entails asking for and seeking God’s wisdom daily. It is being humble enough to realize when one needs to educate oneself more about unfamiliar concepts and ideas. Reluctant to talk of her own intelligence, Kim defers to the opinions of people she knows and respects. Since prayerfully setting forth on the path to pursue the position of Circuit Judge, Kim has been overwhelmed by the number of her former teachers who have given her their enthusiastic support. These are people who have known Kim since she was a child or a teenager. Most importantly they have known her as a student. They have confidence in her ability to learn and perform the job of Circuit Judge very well.

A wise person learns from those who have gone down the same pathway. Kim demonstrated this trait when she decided to run for court clerk four years ago. She sought the advice of other experienced clerks all across Tennessee, traveling as far as Clarksville to learn about establishing an in house court collections department for the office. She worked hard, studied the problems of the office and sought wise counsel, demonstrating success by cleaning up the mess that the office was in and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the clerk’s office. Kim will bring that same intelligence and work ethic to the job of being an excellent Circuit Court Judge.
Experience and Education
Kim brings a varied and unique experience to the position of Circuit Court Judge that enables her to see how all of the elements of the justice system work together harmoniously, unlike other candidates whose experience limits them to the “one-sided” perspective of a trial attorney.

Every candidate for Circuit Judge has graduated from an accredited law school and passed the Tennessee Bar Exam. Each has practiced law for several years and has trial experience. But, only Kim Nelson’s varied experience includes working “under the hood of the car” for four years as Circuit Court Clerk.  An attorney sees the court system from one perspective.  As clerk, Kim has developed in-depth understanding of how the judge, the clerk, and trial attorneys must work together harmoniously to make the justice system work efficiently and fairly.  Kim has had the benefit of working closely with Judge Simmons and Judge Eblen for the last four years, learning first hand how to run a court and conduct judicial business.  Kim has essentially had a judicial apprenticeship for the last four years, a valuable experience that no other candidate can claim. Kim’s added experience as Circuit Court Clerk will serve the citizens of the 9th Judicial District very well as she conducts the business of the Circuit Court effectively, efficiently, and fairly. [top]
Judicial Temperament
Kim has the judicial temperament to be a calming force in her courtroom, assuring every participant that their case will objectively be decided based on the facts rather than on emotional appeal.

Judicial temperament is the ability to communicate with counsel, jurors, witnesses and parties calmly and courteously, as well as the willingness to listen to and consider what is said on all sides of a debatable proposition. A judicial candidate should exhibit patience, open-mindedness, courtesy, tact, courage, punctuality, firmness, understanding, compassion, humility and common sense.

Exhibiting judicial temperament can be a challenge for an attorney who has spent his or her entire career trying thousands of cases in which they aggressively pursued only one side of the debate. But Kim’s experience provides better preparation than the typical trial attorney. Kim’s ability to listen to all sides was demonstrated in her job in the Child Enforcement Unit while working as an Assistant District Attorney. She recognized that lives of both children and parents were significantly impacted by her actions. Minimizing those impacts while assuring the protection of children required Kim to exhibit all of these characteristics that exemplify judicial temperament. 

Kim’s judicial temperament was further developed and demonstrated through her experience as Circuit Court Clerk. Working “under the hood” of the court system, it was Kim’s job to assure that counsel, jurors, witnesses and parties were dealt with calmly and courteously throughout the legal process. Through her excellent performance in this role, Kim clearly demonstrated that she is prepared to exhibit the same judicial temperament in her future role as Circuit Court Judge.
Courage and Integrity
Kim has both the courage to do what the law requires and the integrity to never do what she knows to be wrong, no matter how much she may be pressured.

When Kim was in private practice, she experienced several instances of people getting really upset with her because she refused to execute documents for elderly people who were obviously incompetent. She always instructed those people that she had to determine whether or not the person executing the document fully understood what he or she was signing. If there was an
y question as to competence she would refuse to allow the person to sign. Kim probably lost some business because she had the courage and integrity to take that position, but it was the right thing to do.

No special interest or specific law firm put Kim in the race for Circuit Court Judge. While she is friendly and cordial with other attorneys, she does not maintain friendships with them outside of work. Kim is running on her record, her experience and her character. She will be her own person and not feel obligated to anyone. Independence and impartiality are critically important qualities of a good judge. [top]