A Chattanooga attorney running to fill the vacant judgeship on Hamilton County's Chancery Court said she would be honored to serve as the first woman on the bench.
Linda Hall, a solo practitioner, noted that Chancery Court is the only court in Hamilton County's history in which a woman has not served as a judge.
"I think it's important that we're represented in that court as well," Ms. Hall said.
Ms. Hall, whose husband, Bill Hall, is a longtime Hamilton County assistant district attorney, is the second person to announce a candidacy in the special election set to take place Aug. 5.
Valerie Epstein, an attorney with Berke, Berke and Berke, also has announced her candidacy.
In the meantime, a special temporary judge is filling the vacancy left by Chancellor Howell Peoples, who retired March 31 after serving 32 years on the bench.
Ms. Hall, 41, emphasized her litigation experience in Chancery Court and "passion for the law" as important qualities that influenced her decision to run.
"I've spent my career helping individuals, families and businesses that have legal issues navigate the system," she said. "I feel I can really bring that experience to the bench to help more people in my capacity as chancellor."
Ms. Hall, a Republican, noted that she also has spent time doing pro-bono service, routinely participating in clinics designed to give free legal advice to those who cannot afford it.
Husband: Hamilton County Assistant District Attorney Bill Hall
Education: juris doctor degree, University of Tennessee, 2001
Web site: www.lindahallattorney.com
"Legal help is expensive, and I consider it my obligation to give back," she said.
Sherry Fox, a local attorney who attended law school with Ms. Hall at the University of Tennessee, said her friend and colleague has "experience, integrity and purpose" and praised her for her dedication to helping everyone who seeks legal relief. All those qualities are important in a judge, Ms. Fox said.
She said Ms. Hall "sees herself as a servant of the people."
Ms. Hall is holding a meet-and-greet event Thursday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Wally's Restaurant, 1600 McCallie Ave.
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