Former Knoxville attorney confirmed as federal judge

Former Knoxville attorney confirmed as federal judge

Pamela Reeves Pamela Reeves

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The U.S. Senate confirmed a former Knoxville attorney as a U.S. District Court judge.

Pamela Reeves is now awaiting President Obama to sign off on the commission.

"I'm ready to go to work," Reeves said. "I was relieved and excited. It's been a very long process and I'm very happy to have it over."

Reeves has practiced law in Knoxville since 1979.

Reeves was the first woman president of the Tennessee Bar Association and was the chair of the Knox County Election Commission for eight years.

In 2002, Reeves joined the private law firm, Reeves, Herbert and Anderson.

"Most of my legal work over the years has been in federal courts so I have a lot of background and experience in federal court," Reeves said.

Reeves said an appointment as a federal judge used to seem out of reach.

"There hadn't been a vacancy under a Democratic administration in the years since I've been practicing law so it really wasn't on anybody's radar screen and it wasn't until President Obama won last November that we realized there's going to be a vacancy and it will be a Democratic appointment," Reeves said.

Revs said she plans to serve fairly and without bias, leaving political and personal views aside when taking the bench.

"The role of the judge is to apply the law as it relates to that specific case and that specific circumstance," Reeves said. "I don't get to make laws that's not my job as a District Court judge so I don't have the ability to interject my personal beliefs into things and that's not what I intend to do."

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