By Abbie Hudgens, Administrator, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Eight years ago, I had the honor to select eight judges to the Court of Workers’ Compensation Claims after a rigorous application and interview process. The judges were given staggered terms, so that in the future, we would not have eight jurists potentially up for reappointment at the same time.
Among that first group of appointees was Judge Joshua Davis Baker, Nashville. He is now being considered for reappointment in June.
I have closely observed Judge Baker’s work and considered objective measurements of his success, including conducting annual surveys of the bar and self-represented litigants on the quality of his and other judges’ work. Throughout the years, Judge Baker has earned high ratings and received laudatory comments.
Under Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-238(a)(1), I must appoint “qualified individuals to serve as workers’ compensation judges.” I take that duty very seriously. As public servants, we at the Bureau strive for transparency.
With that in mind, I’m asking for any input you may have regarding the reappointment of Judge Baker to assist in the decision-making. Please send your comments to Abbie.Hudgens@tn.gov on or before May 17, 2022.
Thank you in advance.