James L. Cotton, Jr.

James (Jamie) L. Cotton, Jr.

James (Jamie) L. Cotton, Jr. and his family reside in a small community in the Appalachian Mountains. Mr. Cotton is an honors graduate of Tennessee Technological University (Political Science, 1976) and the University of Memphis School of Law (J.D.,1980).

During the past 23 years of his 33 year law career, he has presided as Judge over the General Sessions Court for Scott County, where he has jurisdiction over family law, civil litigation, criminal and juvenile cases; he also presides as drug court judge. He has served on the Adjunct Faculty of Roane State Community College for more than two decades. Judge Cotton is the author of a school program for prevention of child substance abuse, known as STAND (Schools Together Allowing No Drugs), which is being used as a model program across the country and was recognized in Washington, D.C. in 2008 for its excellence.

He is also author of How to Get Loose from a Snapping Turtle . . . Before It Thunders (2002), a light compilation of homespun Appalachian “remedies, cures and fixes.”


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