BY SARAH PROFFITT
THE ROGERSVILLE REVIEW
ROGERSVILLE -- Mike Faulk was sworn in July 1 as a Third Judicial District Circuit Court judge in front of the Hawkins County Courthouse.
Gov. Bill Haslam recently appointed Faulk to complete the term of Judge Kindall Lawson, who retired on June 1.
The Third Judicial District includes Greene, Hancock, Hamblen and Hawkins counties.
"Judge Lawson wears a size 22 EEE, and I will never be able to fill those shoes; but I am going to try my best to do so," Faulk said at the swearing-in ceremony.
"One of the folks at church yesterday said she was praying I would become three people -- with the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, and the heart of David," Faulk said.
Faulk's canine companion, Rueben, will still travel with the new judge.
"If he's not in the courtroom, he will be close by. He is going to be in charge of security," Faulk declared.
Lawson said he is confident Faulk will excel as a judge.
"I am looking forward to seeing him do a great job. He will be a good judge for us. I am very confident," he said.
Lawson announced that he plans to join the Stapleton Law Office in Rogersville, where he will represent clients in personal injury and criminal cases.
Faulk, 59, has served as a state senator, Hawkins County commissioner, Hawkins County Juvenile Court referee, Church Hill city attorney, as attorney for the town of Mount Carmel.
In addition, he has owned his own law practice, The Faulk Law Office, in Church Hill since 1982.
Faulk served on the Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC) from 1985-1991, and was THRC vice chairman from 1989-1991.
During his term as state senator from 2008-12, he was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Faulk has authored pieces for the Tennessee Bar Journal and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Magazine and served as lecturer and adjunct faculty member at East Tennessee State University.
His educational accomplishments include a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master's degree and Juris Doctorate from Memphis State University.
Faulk received the Kirby Bowling Labor Law Award as outstanding labor law student in 1979.