D. Kelly Thomas, Jr.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge

Year Elected/Appointed


Prior Judicial Experience

Elected Circuit Court Judge, Fifth Judicial District, Division II, 1990; re-elected 1998 and 2006

Previous Employment

Partner in Thomas & Thomas 1978-1987; associate Thomas & Cunningham 1987-1990


University of Tennessee, 1977
B.A. University of Tennessee, 1974


Past president Blount County Bar Association; Faculty member of The National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno, 1994-99; East Tennessee Representative, State-Federal Judicial County Board of Directors, 1992; President Tennessee Trial Judges Association, 1996-98; Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee, 1995-96; Ethics Instructor at Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, Tennessee Court Clerks Association Conference, Tennessee Juvenile Association Conference, 1996, 97 and 2000; East Tennessee Director Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee appointed in 2002; president elect Tennessee Judicial Conference 2007; former member Foster Care Review Board

Community Involvement

Founding Board of Directors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Blount County; Chairman Boys and Girls Club of Blount County Board of Directors; Founding Board of Directors of Blount United Community Credit Union.

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P.O. Box 444 (37901-0444)
Knoxville, TN 37902