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King University News :: Knox County Criminal Court Judge to Speak at King College

For the honorable Steve Sword, his time at King prepared him well academically, but prepared him even better for life. Sword, a 1992 alumnus and Criminal Court Judge for Knox County, will be the inaugural speaker in the History and Political Science QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) project, Communicating in the History and Political Science Workplace, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 27 beginning at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Fame room in the Student Center Complex. 

After receiving his degree with a double major in history and Bible religion, Sword went on to the University of Tennessee Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1995. Until accepting his new role as Criminal Court Judge, Sword was working with the District Attorney's office in Knoxville.

I had considered running for a judge position for years, said Sword. I had also considered running for the District Attorney's slot in 2014 when my boss resigns. However, when this position became available, I started thinking, 'Am I the right person for this job at this time?' I talked with my wife, and prayed. I felt God has put me in this position at the right time.

“We are delighted to welcome Steve Sword back to King, and for our students to learn from him about the demands and rewards of a career in law,” said Dr. Martin Dotterweich, associate professor of History.  “The History and Political Science QEP will expose our students to some of the broad range of careers that are relevant to their studies, focusing especially on how professionals communicate in those fields.”

Tickets for the event are not required and the event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Martin Dotterweich at 423.652.4835 or