Chris Craft

Criminal Court Judge
Year Elected/Appointed
Previous Employment

Managed family farm in Proctor, Arkansas, 1971-1975
Private practice in firm of Craft & Craft, 1978-1982
Assistant District Attorney, 1982- 1994
Senior Trial Prosecutor in Major Violators Unit, 1991-1994 
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Memphis Law School, 2001- present

Graduate work at Memphis Theological Seminary in Law and Religion - 1980-1982
University of Memphis, J.D. 1978
University of Memphis, B.A. in Psychology, Minor in Religion 1975
Vanderbilt University, 1969-1973

Appointed Shelby County Criminal Court Judge in 1994 and reelected three times, serving as judge in a special prosecution court handling major violators and career felony offenders.  

  • Vice-President, Tennessee Judicial Conference
  • Chairman, Tennessee Private Probation Services Council
  • Dean, Tennessee Judicial Academy - attended by all newly elected and appointed judges (municipal, juvenile, county and state courts) for orientation and training in the law, procedure and ethics concerning their new duties
  • Chairman, Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee (for last 10 years)
  • Fellow, Memphis Bar Foundation
  • Vice-president of Leo Bearman Chapter of the American Inns of Court
  • Founding member, Shelby County Domestic Violence Council
  • Founding member, Memphis Leadership Foundation - 1986 to present
  • Founding member of board of directors of Synergy - an in-house substance abuse treatment program for those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol
Community Involvement

Member of Second Presbyterian Church for 40 years:

  • Deacon, 1980-86
  • Elder, 1986 to present
  • Senior High youth leader and Young Life leader, 1974-1984
  • Adult Sunday School teacher, 1984 to present
Contact Info

Shelby Co. Justice Complex
201 Poplar Avenue, Room 519
Memphis, TN 38103
United States