Sheila Calloway, a native of Louisville, KY, came to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 to attend Vanderbilt University Law School. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1991 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994. Calloway worked at the Metropolitan Defender’s Office in the adult system as well as the juvenile system. In January 2004, she was appointed by Judge Betty Adams Green to the position of Juvenile Court Magistrate and served in that position until November 2013, when she announced her intention to run for the position of Juvenile Court Judge.
Sheila was elected Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge in 2014 and was sworn into office for her eight-year term on August 28, 2014. Judge Calloway also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University where she teaches both in the Undergraduate and Law Schools, and an Adjunct Professor at the American Baptist College, where she teaches Criminal Justice.
Judge Calloway uses her unique combination of humor, passion, and judicial wisdom to change the way we look at justice in the United States. On May 17, 2017, Judge Calloway was a featured speaker with TEDxNashville on “Can Forgiveness Transform the Criminal Justice System.” She was a featured storyteller on “Flirting with Disaster: The Moth in Nashville” at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on August 10, 2017, and “Blinded by The Light: The Moth Members’ Show” at Lincoln Center in New York City on November 8, 2017.