Since 1992 he has been a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which has over one-thousand practicing criminal defense attorneys as members throughout the state. He has been a board member of the Shelby County Drug Court Foundation for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Memphis Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
In addition to serving the community through involvement in legal organizations,Joe Ozment has also
helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Shelby County Drug Court Foundation and has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for other local charitable causes through his involvement with local charitable groups
such as The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus.
Over his 30 years of law practice Joe Ozment has represented thousands of clients in Tennessee courts. His extensive criminal trial experience, including the litigation of capital cases and is one of the limited number of Rule (13) capital qualified attorneys that is eligible for appointment to represent individuals charged with the death penalty.
He attended and graduated from the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia in 1993. Joe Ozment also has extensive experience in appeals to the Court of Criminal Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and has won a number of appeals and had cases reversed out of all of those Courts.
His track record of dedication to criminal justice in Shelby County speaks for itself.
"I've successfully tried cases in state court and federal court in Shelby County and throughout the State of Tennessee. As a judge, I will treat all litigants equally and professionally while at the same time getting cases timely and efficiently through the court system. Throughout the process I will respect the delicate balance between a defendant's constitutional rights and a victim’s rights. My experience and knowledge of the law will make me a good, fair and effective judge and it's my goal to make our criminal justice system better, more fair and efficient for all."
— Joe Ozment