From Staff Reports
Attorney Lois Shults Davis says that assuring equal justice for all in Northeast Tennessee is why she is declaring herself a candidate for Circuit Court Judge in the 1st District. The veteran lawyer said that she has seen the impact of disputes and societal factors that deeply damage families, businesses and communities throughout her career. The conservative Republican plans to be on primary ballots, May 5, 2022.
“The COVID pandemic has slowed the legal system and caused us to reexamine how things are done,” Shults Davis said. “Justice delayed is often said to be justice denied. I will promote the importance of fairness, compassion and justice efficiently in the Circuit Court. To people here, fairness matters.”
The 1st District encompasses Carter, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties.
“I’ve helped clients with intensely personal and professional disputes from adoptions to wrongful death and everything in between. I have worked in cases involving personal injury, business dissolution, divorce, and child custody as well as issues growing out of veteran’s concerns, crime victim’s rights, drug use, and opioid addiction for decades,” Shults Davis added.
She and her family are deeply rooted in the region. Raised in Carter County, Shults Davis graduated from East Tennessee State University, worked as a law clerk at a Knoxville law firm while attending the University of Tennessee Law School. Upon graduation, she helped form a law firm in Erwin and raised a family that saw two sons become lawyers and another son become a farmer while also working at BWXT in Erwin.
“It’s important to grow up among the people of East Tennessee communities to understand their struggles,” Shults Davis said. “I know and love my region and would be honored to serve all the people here as their Circuit Court Judge,” she said.
Along the way, she gave back through service on many boards and offices within her church and community organizations. For the young men and women of Unicoi County, she has involved and supported them in the Tennessee Bar Association’s Mock Trial program. This has extended through many years of preparing and coaching Unicoi County’s team for local, regional and state competitions.
“This program grows skills students can use in their own careers, in or out of the legal profession. It is important that we give back to our community, and I’m proud of the achievements of the students that have been part of the UCHS team,” she explained.
Her husband, Mike Davis, was a long-time Johnson City teacher and supported her efforts to engender the success of students here.
“I want to invest my energy now in assuring the success of our region’s families, businesses and communities through fair judgment and sound justice so that those who come before the Circuit Court can repair, resume and build their lives in the best way possible,” Shults Davis said. “I will be asking for your help in my campaign and for your vote in 2022.