J. Steven Stafford

Court of Appeals Judge

Year Elected/Appointed


Prior Judicial Experience

Chancellor for the 29th Judicial District

Previous Employment

Dyersburg City Judge for five years and was a partner in the law firm of Wilkerson & Stafford.


Cumberland School of Law at Samford University
The University of Tennessee at Martin


Fellow and the current chairman of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, Past-President of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and has chaired and served on numerous committees in the conference, member of the Leadership Team for Tennessee’s Committee on Building Public Trust and Confidence in the Judicial System, member of the Court of the Judiciary since1999 and served as the Presiding Judge from 2004 to 2007, Dean of the Tennessee Judicial Academy

Community Involvement

Frequent seminar speaker for judges and lawyers on various topics, especially in the field of ethics.

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116 W. Court St.
P.O. Box 1103
Dyersburg, TN 38024