Nashville School of Law

Honorable Angelita B. Dalton

(615) 880-3712

Justice A.A. Birch Building
408 Second Avenue North
Nashville, Tennesee 37201

Angelita Blackshear Dalton is the Judge of Division II of the Davidson County Criminal Court, having been appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to succeed Retired Judge J. Randall Wyatt. Notably, she made history by becoming the first African American woman elected to a judgeship in Davidson County when she secured her position in the Davidson County General Sessions Court in 2006, and she was re-elected for a second term in 2014. Judge Dalton is an Adjunct Instructor at the Nashville School of Law, teaching the General Sessions Court Practicum.

Judge, Davidson County Criminal Court Division 2

Lane College 1993

Law Degree
University of Toledo College of Law 1997

Bar Admission
Tennessee 1999

Court Admission
Tennessee 1999

Professional Memberships & Activities
2006 – Present, Member, Napier-Looby Bar Association
2006 – Present, Member, Tennessee Bar Association

  • 2013 – Present, TBA Committee on the Judiciary Leadership
  • 2010 – 2013, TBA Leadership Law Steering Committee
  • 2009, TBA Task Force on the Rules of Judicial Conduct
  • 2007, TBA Leadership Law Class of 2007

2005 – Present, Member, Nashville Bar Association

  • 2008 – 2009, First Vice President, Board of Directors
  • 2006 – 2009, Board of Directors

2006 – 2017, Member, Tennessee General Sessions Judges’ Conference

  • 2014 – 2017, Member, Education Committee
  • 2016, Elected Vice President for the Middle Grand Division

2011 – 2015, Barrister Level Member, Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court

  • 2011, Steering Committee and Charter Member

Civic Memberships
2015 – Present, Member, The Links, Incorporated, Nashville Chapter
2015 – Present, Co-Chair, National Trends and Services Committee
February – May, 2016, Chair, Nominating Committee
2006 – Present, Member, Tennessee Women’s Political Collaborative (Formerly Nashville Women’s Political Caucus)
1991 – Present, Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
2015 – 2017, Parliamentarian, Nashville Chapter
2003 – Present, Member, Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
2004 – 2006, Member, Board of Trustees

Judge Dalton served on the Education Committee and was elected Vice President of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges’ Conference. She currently serves on the Tennessee Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. She holds memberships in the Napier-Looby, Nashville and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and the Links, Incorporated. Through the Links, Incorporated, Judge Dalton organized and facilitated Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness and Bullying Prevention seminars for high school and college students. She has served on the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct and the Tennessee Committee on the Judiciary Leadership. She served on the steering committee and was a charter member of the Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court. Judge Dalton was selected among lawyers across Tennessee to the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2007.