Adams Receives Special Judge Appointment

Posted: Tue, 10/22/2013 - 12:01

Cassandra AdamsCassandra Adams, director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center (CCMC) and Public Interest Program, has been appointed a new "special judge" in Jefferson County Family Court in charge of the court’s Paternity Service Docket.

Adams served temporarily as a "special judge" in the juvenile division last year. Her latest appointment is ongoing. Since fall 2010, Adams and CCMC’s program assistant, Charmayne Fillmore, have supervised Cumberland School of Law's students working the Paternity Service Docket at Family Court.

During the Service Docket, law students get experience working with the public and court staff, interviewing clients, and writing bench notes and orders. Cumberland School of Law gives a valuable service to Jefferson County by helping the county stay compliant with federal case resolution requirements. Jefferson County has an overwhelming percentage of the state’s paternity cases, and if the county does not resolve a certain percentage of them annually, the entire state can receive fewer federal funds.

Adams holds her law degree from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College and a Bachelor of Arts from Fisk University.