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     The General Sessions Music City Community Court, Division VIII (8) was founded by Judge Rachel L. Bell in 2012.  Since its inception, the court has piloted several community initiatives focused on preventive and diversionary justice focused on the concept, that “Justice does not stop at the courthouse steps” and charged to all it can do to help break the playground (school) to prison pipeline and restore/rehabilitate lives.

Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic Registration

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April 12, 2018 – Press Release- EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC, Saturday May 12, 2018 to be hosted at Salvation Army at 9:00 a.m.- 611 Stockell Street, Nashville, TN 37207- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 REGISTRANTS !!!

November 30, 2017 Judge Rachel announces the C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration and Empowerment) partnership launch with the Urban League of Middle TN.

September 14, 2017 Judge Rachel to attend the Nashville Good Neighbor Celebration Day on September 30, 2017.

July 27, 2017 Judge Rachel and the Bordeaux North Nashville Literacy Partnership host Book Fiesta Ceremony for R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) at MNPS, Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School.

July 24, 2017 Judge Rachel congratulates R.E.A.C.H. (Reaching Every Aspiring Child’s Horizon) students during Book Fiesta ceremony with 18th Ave. Family Enrichment Center.

July 14, 2017 –  Judge Rachel shares her LGBT story and is featured on the front cover of FOCUS magazine for Middle TN and its allies.

July 13, 2017 Judge Rachel host the Government Module from the General Sessions Music City Community Court FUTURE Internship Summer program for the Dr. Katherine Y. Brown Leadership Academy’s International Cohort.

June 9, 2017 Judge Rachel makes history as Nashville, Davidson County, TN, first openly gay judge by marrying Dr. Dorsha N. James.

June 3,2017 Judge Rachel got married and became the first openly gay elected Judge in Nashville, TN.

February 28, 2017 – Press Release- G.S. Music City Community Court- Saturday-Pro Se Indigence Docket & Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, March 4, 2017 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church- Antioch Location, 2261 Murfreesboro Rd. Nashville, TN 37217- LIMITED TO THE FIRST 200 REGISTRANTS!!

February 16, 2017 Judge Rachel facilitates the Bordeaux-North Nashville Chamber of Commerce Black History month annual meeting.

February 9, 2017 Judge Rachel and community activist Carla Hudson organize a conversation about the 13th Amendment and the Criminal Justice System.

January 26, 2017 Judge Rachel to moderate a Civil Rights and Criminal Justice panel for the public about mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment.

November 4, 2016– Press Release-  G.S. Music City Community Court- Pro se Indigency Docket &  Expungement Clinic to be hosted on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8 a.m. at Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church, 916 16thAve. N., Nashville, TN 37208

November 2, 2016Judge Rachel L. Bell and the G.S. Music City Community Court featured in the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Today Newsletter

October 6, 2016 Justice Reform Saturday Community Dockets & Justice Right on the Spot- Judge Rachel L. Bell

October 1st, 2016 – Press Release – G.S. MUSIC CITY COMMUNITY COURT, Division VIII EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC & PRO SE INDIGENCYDOCKET with Judge Rachel L. Bell & Community Partners at Watson Grove- 1415 Horton Ave., Nashville, TN 37212

September 29, 2016Watson Grove MBC holds Community Praise Picnic and Music City Community Court Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell

August 15, 2016 – Press ReleaseGeneral Sessions Court Featured by the Tennessee Administrative Office of Courts for success of Community Court Clinic that served over 250 at Expungement Clinic

August 10, 2016 – Press ReleaseDavidson County General Sessions Expungement Clinic Brings Court to the Community with Judge Rachel L. Bell

June 30, 2016 Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and Diversity Lawyer Institute (DLI) members participate in successful Expungement clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell

June 5, 2016 Juneteenth Freedom Fair & Expungement Clinic with Judge Rachel L. Bell with The Village Church at Fifty Forward, Madison Location on June 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 – Press ReleaseThe General Sessions Court Presiding Judge Rachel L. Bell to teach Alive at 25 Driver’s Education Class to MNPS High School Seniors at Whites Creek High School

May 24, 2013 – Press Release –  Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Rachel L. Bell is sponsoring a Bordeaux Community Beautification and Cleanup Planning Meeting for Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm at Metro’s North Police Precinct 2231 26th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208.