Jeffrey S. Bivins

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Jeff Bivins
Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Assumed office
September 1, 2016
Preceded bySharon G. Lee
Associate Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
Assumed office
July 16, 2014
Appointed byBill Haslam
Preceded byWilliam C. Koch Jr.
Personal details
Born (1960-08-31) August 31, 1960 (age 58)
Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationEast Tennessee State
University
(BA)
Vanderbilt University (JD)

Jeffrey S. Bivins (born August 31, 1960)[1] is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. He was appointed Associate Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Judicial service[edit]

Bivins was sworn in as a member of the Tennessee Supreme Court in July 2014.

Prior to assuming that position, he was a judge on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals from August 2011 until July 2014, appointed to that position by Gov. Bill Haslam. Previously, Judge Bivins was appointed to Circuit Court, 21st Judicial District in 2005 by Gov. Phil Bredesen and elected to an 8-year term in 2006. He also previously served in a trial judge position from July 1999 through August 2000.

From 1986 to 1995 he served in private practice at the law firm of Boult, Cummings, Conners & Berry. He later served as Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel at the Tennessee Department of Personnel from 1996 to 1999 and again from 2000 to 2001. He returned to private practice in 2001 and served in that capacity till his appointment to the bench in 2005.

Education[edit]

He is a 1986 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1982 from East Tennessee State University, with a major in political science and a minor in criminal justice.

Community memberships[edit]

Justice Bivins serves on the Board of Judicial Conduct. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and is the President-Elect of the Conference. He also has served on the Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission. He is a member of the John Marshall American Inns of Court, having served as President from 2003-2008, and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Williamson County Bar Association. He also is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the Nashville Bar Foundation. He is former member of the Williamson County Commission.[2]

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
William C. Koch Jr.
Associate Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sharon G. Lee
Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
2016–present