Governor Bill Haslam has appointed a replacement for former Hamilton County Sessions Court Judge Ron Durby. From the inbox:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Lila Statom of Chattanooga as General Sessions Court Judge in Hamilton County.
Statom replaces Ronald W. Durby, who stepped down from the bench October 1, 2012 due to a disability. Durby requested a temporary replacement in accordance with Tenn. Code Ann.§ 17-2-116(a)(1).
“I am pleased to name Lila Statom to this position. She brings a wealth of experience to the bench, and Hamilton County will benefit,” Haslam said. “She has served Hamilton County ably since 1998, and we are fortunate to have someone in this role with her qualifications.”
Statom has been Assistant District Attorney General in Hamilton County for 14 years, after serving as Assistant District Attorney General in Davidson County from 1989-1998. Prior to her work in Davidson County, she worked as a law clerk for Rieves & Mayton in West Memphis, Ark.
“I am honored by this appointment, and I am eager to serve the people of Hamilton County in this capacity,” Statom said.
Statom has supervised assistant district attorneys in General Sessions Court in Hamilton County for the last seven years. She has prosecuted a wide spectrum of criminal cases in General Sessions and Criminal Courts and performed numerous other duties in the Hamilton County office.
Statom holds a master of laws degree from Emory University in Atlanta and a juris doctorate from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis). She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Statom is active in the community in Hamilton County, including membership in the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She is on the Board of Directors of the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation, a national college scholarship program for children who have either lost a parent to breast cancer or have a parent who is a breast cancer survivor.