Joe BinkleyRita Roberts-Turner

Rita Roberts-Turner is the chief of staff for the Office of the General Counsel at Vanderbilt University. She received her B.A. in mass communications from Western Kentucky University and her J.D. from Temple University. She worked as an assistant public defender and later joined the Metropolitan Department of Law where her areas of practice included civil rights, employment, and personal injury law. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she was the Human Resources Director for the Metropolitan Government. Roberts-Turner has been an active member of the Nashville Bar Association since 1998. She is the former co-chair of the Diversity Committee (formerly the Minority Opportunities Committee), served on the Government Attorneys Committee and has been a regular contributor to the Nashville Bar Journal and volunteer for the YLD Davidson County High School Mock Trial Competition. She is a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow and was recently selected as a mentor for the inaugural NBF Leadership Forum. In 2014, she was appointed to the State Board of Appeals, which operates as the hearing panel for state employees appealing disciplinary action. She also serves on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners Investigating Committee. Of particular interest is advancing the Bar’s initiatives for professional development, legal education, and community outreach.