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Criminal Justice Center
John Campbell was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to be Criminal Court Judge of Division VI on November 1, 2013 to replace Judge John Fowlkes after his appointment to the federal bench. Judge Campbell is currently serving in that capacity.
Judge Campbell received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Memphis State University in 1980. He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Memphis State University in 1983.
Judge Campbell began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in 1984 and was assigned as a trial attorney in the criminal courts of Shelby County. In 1985 Judge Campbell was appointed an Assistant District Attorney General for the 30th Judicial District of Tennessee in Memphis and served in that capacity until his appointment to the bench in 2012. While an Assistant District Attorney, Judge Campbell served in a variety of roles including service as Deputy District Attorney under District Attorney Amy P. Weirich.
In addition to his service in the courts, Judge Campbell has taught around the country on trial advocacy and ethics. Judge Campbell served as a technical advisor to the National Civil Rights Museum regarding the Martin Luther King assassination and James Earl Ray.