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Tom Coupé works for the Juvenile Court of Memphis & Shelby County as Supervising Attorney over the Office of Non-Custodial Advocate and the Judge's Action Center.

Tom was recently involved in creation and negotiation of the Department of Justice's Memorandum of Agreement with Juvenile Court and he currently serves as the Community Outreach point of contact created by the Agreement.

Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Memphis in 1995 and earned his J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2003. While at Southern Illinois University, Tom was Vice-President of the Student Body, a member of the Southern Illinois University Moot Court Board and was inducted into The Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy.

Before coming to Juvenile Court, Tom was a Court Improvement Attorney with the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Prior to that, he was Assistant General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services in Shelby, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties.

Tom is recognized by the National Association of Counsel for Children as a Child Welfare Law Specialist and is the only attorney in Shelby County certified by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization as a Juvenile Law-Child Welfare Specialist.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    13 years, 200 cases
  2. Juvenile: 30%
    13 years, 200 cases
  3. Child Abuse: 30%
    13 years, 500 cases
  4. State & Local Law: 10%
    8 years, 50 cases



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    Thomas is one of the few certified specialists in his practice area in the State of Tennessee and he uses that specialized knowledge to help many clients every day. It is without reservation that I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court

616 Adams Avenue
Memphis, TN, 38105-4902



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Child Welfare Law SpecialistNational Association of Counsel for Children2009
Juvenile-Child Welfare Law SpecialistTennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Supervising AttorneyMemphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court2007 - Present
Court Improvement AttorneyTennessee Administratice Office of the Courts2007 - 2007
Assistant General CounselTennessee Department of Children's Services2006 - 2007
Special Hearing OfficerTennessee Department of Human Services2005 - 2005
Assistant Attorney GeneralTennessee Department of Children's Services2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenMember2009 - Present
Memphis Bar AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Illinois University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tennessee Bar Association General Practice Fast Track 2014Essential Tips for the Juvenile Court Practitioner2014
Tennessee Association of School Social Workers Annual ConferenceAdolescent Youth and the Court2014
Juvenile Courts in Transition: Where We Have Been and Where We are GoingA New Juvenile Court: Successes and Challenges in the Wake of DOJ Invtervention2014
Family Law Section Annual SeminarJust Enough to be Dangerous: 11 Tips Every Juvenile Court Practitioner Should Know2014
5th Annual Child Support CLE SeminarPracticing Family Law in Juvenile Court2014
Shelby County Child Support Services 4th Annual Child Support CLE SeminarPracticing Family Law in Juvenile Court2013
Memphis Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference CommitteeNavigating Juvenile Court2013
Memphis Bar AssociationHow the DOJ Consent Order May Change Your Practice at Juvenile Court2013
Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Court CLE SeminarJuvenile Case Law Review2013
Black HIistory MonthJuvenile Justice: Practical and Ethical Topics from the 2012 DOJ Report2013
Law Office of J. Vincent Perryman Speaker SeriesAdministrative Office of the Courts Billing Procedures in Juvenile Court Cases2012
Family Law Section Annual SeminarIf I Could Turn Back Time: Attacking Orders in Custody and Dependency & Neglect Cases2012
Family Law CLEMust have CLE for the Family law Practitioner in 20122012
Last Minute "Buy the hour" SeminarChild Welfare Issues2010
Juvenile Court Practice and Procedure UpdateNew Juvenile Rule of Procedure 32A and Foster Care Update2009
Memphis Bar AssociationServing as Guardian Ad Litem: Perspectives from the Shelby County Juvenile & Probate Courts2008
Juvenile Court SeminarDependency and Neglect from PCO to Foster Care2008
Department of Children's Services trainingTermination of Parental Right's Issues2008