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About Yolanda Kight

The hope for a better future has been the guiding force in my life. I believe it is my duty to pay that hope forward in my community, because it is my belief that where there is hope, true healing can begin.

More Than Just a Judge

About Yolanda Kight

Yolanda Kight is a Magistrate Judge of General Sessions Criminal Court where she presides over both criminal and civil cases. She considers herself to be a servant leader and strives to embody the mantra of “service above self and to all mankind” as she follows in the footsteps of those who paved the way for her, including her mother who overcame many trials as an unwed teenage mother living in the North Memphis and Binghamton communities.

She is a lifelong Memphian and proud mother of three daughters and one grandson. She is a graduate of Hamilton High School, LeMoyne-Owen College, and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. She earned the respect of many of her peers as she stood up for the rights of her fellow law students, held various leadership roles, won several awards, scholarships, and honors. Yolanda ultimately landed a position with a prominent law firm and was selected as a “Rising Star of Super Lawyers” on the Annual List of Top Attorneys of TN, AR and MS.

Yolanda started her own law firm in 2005 which handled cases in a variety of areas including family law, juvenile law, bankruptcy, real estate, probate, and business transactions. Yolanda clerked for Judge Bernice B. Donald, the first black female US Bankruptcy Court Judge and currently a Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Yolanda later founded the Bernice B. Donald Bankruptcy Group focused on growing the bankruptcy practices of lawyers. She continues this effort in the work she currently does with Ben F. Jones National Bar Association to help lawyers build stronger sustainable practices overall through collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

She worked for the Community Legal Center whose mission is to provide legal services to those with limited means. She is a trained mediator and became an adjunct professor at both Bethel University School of Conflict Resolution where she taught Restorative Justice and the University College at University of Memphis. Yolanda is an active member of several community organizations including, the Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated. She was formerly, the House District 83 committee member and Parliamentarian of the Shelby County Democratic Party, past board member of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, Power Center Community Development Program and St. Paul Baptist Church, CDC, and previously Vice President of Planning of Memphis Women Political Caucus, and prior member of Junior League of Memphis. She is a member of Innovation Church Memphis.

Yolanda has proven as a Magistrate Judge that she has the knowledge of law and judicial temperament to make an outstanding Judge for Circuit Court Division Nine. She will provide true access to justice to everyone regardless of their race, socio-economic status, immigration status, sexual orientation, background, and religious belief. Everyone who comes in her courtroom will have their day in court.

Experience You Can Depend On

  • ​​​LeMoyne-Owen College
  • Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law
  • Attorney atArmstrong Allen, PLLC (Adams and Reese) 
  • Kight Law Firm Life Oasis and Counseling Center, PLLC in 2005
  • Magistrate Judge  
  • Memphis Bar Fellow
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
  • Rising Star of Super Lawyers 
  • The New Tri-State Defender 2013 Best in Black Awards

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