Rita Roberts-TurnerRita Roberts-Turner

Rita Roberts-Turner has been an active member of the Nashville Bar Association since 1998, serving on the Minority Opportunities Committee, Nashville Bar Journal, and Government Attorneys Committee. She was honored as a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow in 2011 and was recently elected the 2013 co-chair of the Minority Opportunities Committee. She is also the 2012 President of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation, and is a member of the Napier-Looby Bar Association, YMCA People Services Committee, and Society for Human Resource Management. She was recently recognized as a CPPW (Communities Putting Prevention to Work) Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work with health and wellness initiatives throughout Nashville.

Roberts-Turner received her B.A. in mass communications from Western Kentucky University where she graduated cum laude. She graduated from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998 and is a former assistant public defender and a former attorney with the Metropolitan Department of Law where her areas of practice included civil rights, employment, and personal injury law. She was the first African-American female chief of staff for the Mayor's Office in Nashville, Tennessee having been appointed in 2007 and currently serves as the director of the Metropolitan Government’s Human Resources Department.

Particular areas of interest include promoting the legal profession as a noble and respectable profession among traditionally underrepresented ethnic groups; increasing not only minority membership, but participation in NBA activities; and increasing membership among attorneys in diverse careers.