To the Editor:
What does it take to be an effective juvenile court judge in Tennessee?
First, in my opinion, would be the ability to know, understand, and apply the laws that impact juveniles and their families or guardians.
Second, that person must have the demeanor to be a judge. He or she must recognize that the position is not based upon winning a popularity contest; or being a “glad-hander” at a community pancake breakfast, for example; or having the most and largest political ads in the local press; or having the most yard signs to the point their number appears to exceed the number of wild onions in a person’s lawn. That candidate must recognize the seriousness of the office and conduct him or herself accordingly.
Third, he or she must have outstanding credentials.
In my judgment, Mr. David Dunkirk exceeds these qualifications. [Read more…]