Joy Smith Kimbrough is a native Nashvillian. She graduated from Whites Creek Comprehensive High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Tennessee State University and received her Master of Science Degree from Cumberland University, where she graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. Joy received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern University Law Center. Prior to law school, Joy was a police officer, 911 operator, and a math & science tutor.
As a law school student, Joy was the Managing Editor of Law Review. One of the highlights of her academic achievements was authoring the publication, The Federal Housing Act: No More Absolute Owner Liability When Employees Discriminate. This publication has been cited in other highly regarded scholarly journals. Also, Joy was the recipient of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) Scholarship which was only awarded to seven other law school students nationwide. While in law school she interned for the Honorable Robert Rigsby in Washington, D.C., and for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.
Currently, Joy is a Criminal Defense Attorney, licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Joy has also represented clients in the State of Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. As a defense attorney, Joy takes pride in defending the rights of the accused, regardless of their economic status, which is evident in the over 100 trials she has litigated. She has also personally filed to expunge over 3,000 criminal records which allows those who have paid their debt to society have a better chance at getting jobs, housing, and student financial aid.
Joy has litigated some of the most high profile trials in Middle Tennessee. As a result of her trial work, she has appeared on several national television shows as a legal analyst, including Snapped, Sins and Secrets, and Chris Hansen’s Crime Watch Daily.
Joy is a member of several academic honor societies, professional organizations, and service organizations. She is a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Attorney Joy Smith Kimbrough is now running for Criminal Court Judge because she wants to make a difference in the lives of all of those who come in contact with the criminal justice system. She wants to bring fairness and impartiality to the bench and ensure that all individuals regardless of race, sex, or socio-economic status are treated respectfully and justly. Also, if elected, Joy wishes to start an elder court in Davidson County to address the special needs of citizens 65 years and older who have been victimized or abused by those who prey upon the elders.