Judge Rob Philyaw Has A Heart For Children

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In my career I've spent time in the courtrooms of Hamilton County's Juvenile and General Sessions Courts. As a young adolescent I spent many hours in and around the country courthouses of West Tennessee as a nerdy hobby of mind; listening to trials and being fascinated by our nation's judicial process. I should've been a lawyer. 

I'm glad that our County Commission appointed Rob Philyaw as the Juvenile Court Judge. They made a great selection.

From the first time I sat in Judge Philyaw's courtroom I could see his passion to help the children and families of our community. 

Last week Judge Philyaw spoke to a group of police and corrections officers; at which I was present. He spoke from his heart. He shared the recent accomplishments occurring in Juvenile Court. A Juvenile Drug Court is being started. Hopefully, this will return wayward children to a productive and law-abiding life. He's also been a good manager. Judge Philyaw was able to initiate and accomplish new projects by partnering with several people and groups and without increasing his budget. Yet, for each rehabilitated child the taxpayer is saved thousands from incarceration and criminal court costs.

Earlier I mentioned I was raised in West Tennessee. I'm proud to say Judge Philyaw is a graduate of the University of Memphis (Memphis State to the native folk) Law School. Memphis students often earn their legitimate college degrees while also earning a PhD in bar-b-que. Judge Philyaw testifies to this claim. 

Sitting in his courtroom, breaking bread with him and hearing him at varying functions affirms to me that our county has the right judge and manager for our Juvenile Court system.

George Jackson

Hixson

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