Connie Reguli has a history of personal and professional success.
Success that is born of persistence, a heart for justice, and an eye for details.
I have been a resident of Tennessee since 1986 and a resident of Williamson County since 2002.
I have three children and four grandchildren and I am involved in their everyday life.
In addition to my grandchildren, there are hundreds of other Tennessee children that know me as "Gabby" - the person that helped their family stay intact.
I have a bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University where I achieved cum laude status. I received a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law where I was selected as the student body representative to the Dean. Prior to graduating, I served as the judicial clerk for Judge Gayden in the First Circuit Court of Davidson County. After graduation, I began a legal career as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office in Metro-Nashville where I prosecuted domestic violence and child abuse. I entered private practice in 1997 and have served families in Williamson County and across the State of Tennessee.
Before my career as a lawyer, my family owned and operated the New Orleans Manor Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. The restaurant was located in Nashville's historic Colemere Club and is recognized in the pictorial history of Nashville. My mother, Iona Senecal, was the founder and operator for over thirty years. The restaurant suffered a devastating fire in 1998 and was rebuilt to full operation. With changes in the economy and the shifting demographics of Nashville, the restaurant was sold in 2010.
Private practice has been an adventure and a challenge. I have worked with families in 35 counties in Tennessee, as well as traveling to Maryland, South Carolina, and Kentucky to help families who recognized my diligence in seeking justice. I have participated in over 40 state court appeals and several federal civil rights lawsuits. In addition to my law practice, I have educated citizens on needed child welfare reform in ten states.
I achieved the difficult tasks of developing our constitutional civil rights on two occasions. In 2012, I obtained a Sixth Circuit opinion that said that the Fourth Amendment applies to social workers and in 2018, I obtained a Sixth Circuit opinion that said solitary confinement for juveniles was excessive punishment. This accomplishment is a mark of success in protecting the civil liberties for families.
I am the first attorney in Tennessee to obtain a substantial monetary award for children who were abused by their parents. In a rural Tennessee county, I prepared and prosecuted a tort case for these children. The jury awarded 2.75 million dollars to the children. There are no other known cases in Tennessee of this import for children's justice.
I am not afraid to challenge bureaucratic oppression and doing so I have faced retaliation from the Dept of Children's Services and the judicial branch. There has been a challenging history of retaliation since I started lobbying for legislative changes in 2008. But I have continued to be a warrior for family justice and legislative reforms.
Through my efforts for legislative reform, I have developed relationships with members of the Tennessee General Assembly and have educated them on how the child welfare federal funding as perverted justice for families. Watch: https://youtu.be/x3FMUVaBUDM
My decision to run for Juvenile Court Judge came with a lot of thought and prayer. Much reform is needed and this is the opportunity to serve families in this community and make Williamson County a beacon of reform in matters before the juvenile court.
I have built a social media audience and grass roots campaign for reform of nearly 17,000 people. These are families that have suffered through crises and often abused by courts and government agencies.
I joyously looks forward to serving this community.
COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE PARTICIPATION
Tennessee Bar Association - Nashville Bar Association - American Bar Association, Parent representation - Williamson County Bar Association - Natl. Council for Family and Juvenile Court Judges - Tenn. Republican Assembly - Williamson County GOP
NASHVILLE, TN – Families who came to testify before the House Children & Family Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday February 9, 2022 were not allowed to address lawmakers. Committee Chairwoman Mary Littleton had a list of speakers two days before the meeting, as required, but Speaker of the House Cameron Sexton did not approve them. So […]
Destiny King has learned a lot in the last few years. She just turned 17. She’s been in foster care since March 2020. After two years in DCS custody in several different foster homes, she wants out. It’s not that easy. Destiny’s Dad is Demetrice “Gerald” King, He raised Destiny since she was a little girl.
KNOXVILLE, TN – A custody case here highlights a big problem with child welfare in Tennessee: collusion between Juvenile Court judges and the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and its foster system that takes kids from their families and abuses its power to keep them there. The case also shows how outside contractors, who provide foster care for about half of the 8500 children DCS takes into custody every year, conspire to keep them from re-unifying with their parents.
NASHVILLE, TN – No mother should have to choose between her three older kids and the 4-week-old baby DCS took from her in October 2020. But that was the hard choice Abby West had to make. “I think the goal of giving me an attorney in the divorce was to get me to sign the settlement agreement,” said West, mother of 4. The judge awarded West $5,000 to hire a lawyer and $300/month support during the divorce trial. The agreement West ended up signing is not in line with Tennessee case law that gives parents equal time with their children after a divorce.
For several years running, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services placed more children in foster care than kids it returned to their families. In 2014-15, 3,078 children of 8093, in 2015-16, 2895 of 8,001, and in 2016-17, 1365 of 14,421 children returned home. We asked for more recent data but did not hear back from DCS by press time.
Sevyn Jenkins came into this world with 18 fractured ribs and a broken collarbone. Sevyn’s mother, Shakia Richardson, is active duty military. When her contractions started on December 24, 2019, Richardson’s partner, Trevon Jenkins, took her to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell. Sevyn is their first child. What happened afterwards became a waking nightmare that is still going on two years later. Richardson’s primary care physician was off duty on Christmas. Midwife Tiffany Williams delivered the baby.