Presiding Judge 2017/2018
Address: Justice A.A. Birch Building, 408 2nd Avenue North, Suite 3110, P.O. Box 196300 Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Administrative Assistant: Sharon Adams
Phone: (615) 880-3712
Fax: (615) 880-3713
Angelita Blackshear Dalton is Judge of Division III of the Nashville, Davidson County General Sessions Court. Judge Dalton was elected to the bench in 2006 and re-elected for a second term in 2014. As fitting for the first Black woman elected to a judgeship in Nashville, Dalton was sworn in by the late Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. – the first Black Judge in Nashville.
Prior to assuming the bench, Dalton served in various positions with the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office from 1997 through 2005, including an assignment on the domestic violence prosecution team.
In August, 2010, Dalton was elected among her peers to serve as Presiding Judge of the Davidson County General Sessions Court for a one year term. In 2014, Dalton co-chaired the Court Operations Committee. This committee involved a collaborative effort with the stakeholders in the General Sessions Court operations that oversaw the implementation of docket restructuring to help the General Sessions Court system operate more efficiently, specifically as it relates to handling cases involving domestic violence. In August, 2017, her peers elected her again to preside over the Davidson County General Sessions Court effective September 1, 2017.
She currently serves on the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council, the education committee of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference and the Tennessee Bar Association Task Force on the Rules of Judicial Conduct. She serves as co-chair of the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct. She is a member of Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church where she has served on the Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Napier-Looby, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dalton was selected among lawyers across Tennessee to the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2007.
A native of Nashville, Dalton graduated from Whites Creek High School in 1989. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Lane College in 1993 and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1997.
Dalton and her husband, Derrick Dalton, are the parents of one son.