Nashville’s first Latina judge takes oath of office

(l-r): Judge Ana L. Escobar, Judge Escobar’s son Conner Burchwell, and Justice Sharon G. Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Nashville’s first Latina judge has taken the oath of office before an overflowing crowd at Casa Azafrán. Ana L. Escobar, who emigrated with her family from Colombia as a young child, stood before more than 150 supporters and colleagues as she was sworn in to serve as General Sessions Judge, Division III.

Attendees were pouring into the hallway as emotional remarks were delivered by Nashville Mayor David Briley and others. The oath was delivered by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee. Judge Escobar spoke to the crowd following the swearing in.

“It was humbling and inspiring to have so many smart, dedicated people rally around me and tell me I can do this—that I should do this,” Judge Escobar said. “I’m standing here today because of the strength you’ve given me, and there’s only one way for me to repay you—and that’s to serve this community in a way that upholds the highest standards of the judiciary.”

Judge Escobar is now one of three specialized judges with courtrooms dedicated to hearing domestic violence cases for eight months out of the year. Judge Escobar’s expertise comes from spending a majority of her 20-year legal career both defending and prosecuting over 500 domestic violence cases.