Pamela Lynn Reeves (born July 21, 1954) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She is the first female judge to serve in the Eastern District.
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Reeves was born on July 21, 1954, in Marion, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in 1976, from the University of Tennessee. She received a Juris Doctor in 1979, from the George C. Taylor College of Law at the University of Tennessee. From 1979 to 1985 she worked as an associate at the law firm of Griffin, Burkhalter, Cooper & Reeves and from 1985 to 1987 as an associate at Morrison, Morrison, Tyree & Dickenson. From 1987 to 2002, she worked at the law firm of Watson, Hollow & Reeves. She formed the law firm of Reeves, Herbert & Anderson, P.A. in Knoxville, in 2002, where she practices mediation and litigation concentrated in the area of employment and contract matters. From 1998 to 1999, she served as the first woman President of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Federal judicial service
On May 16, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Reeves to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, to the seat being vacated by Judge Thomas W. Phillips, who eventually took senior status on August 1, 2013. Her nomination was reported out of committee on January 16, 2014. The motion to invoke cloture was agreed to on March 5, 2014, by a vote of 62–37. Her nomination was confirmed later that day by a vote of 99–0. She received her judicial commission on March 7, 2014. She became Chief Judge on April 1, 2019.