Judge Monte D. Watkins

Criminal Court, Division V


A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Monte D. Watkins has dedicated his career to serving the people of Tennessee. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University in 1970. Three years later, he received his Master’s Degree in General Psychology. After working in the Nashville community as a university instructor, educational therapist, and as Coordinator of the Black Cultural Exposition, Inc., he attended law school at North Carolina Central University. He received his Juris Doctor in 1984.

Prior to his appointment as Criminal Court Judge on September 1, 2003, Judge Watkins worked 19 years as a sole practitioner, focusing on criminal defense and probate law.

In addition to practicing law, Judge Watkins has served the legal community in several capacities, winning numerous awards and honors. Activities include Chairman of the Character and Fitness Committee (District V) of the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (1992-present); Co-chair of the Tennessee Supreme Fairness (2000); Member of the Nashville Bar Association Pro Bono Program (1985-Present); Village Arts Center (1987-Present); member of the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (1993-1996); and past President of the Napier-Looby Bar Association (1992-1993).