Professor of Civil Procedure

Firm, Company, or Court
Senior Judge – State of Tennessee

Middle Tennessee State University – B.S., 1973
University of Nevada, Reno – Masters Degree/Judicial Studies, 2000

Juris Doctor
University of Memphis, 1980

Bar Admissions
Tennessee, 1981

Court Admissions (and Year)
Tennessee Supreme Court, 1981
Supreme Court of the United States, 2002

Professional Memberships & Activities
Tennessee Bar Association
Rutherford Cannon County Bar Association, past President
Tennessee Judicial Conference – past President
Elected Circuit Court Judge – 16th Judicial District, 1994-2012
Appointed by Tennessee Supreme Court, Senior Judge, 2012 – Present
Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, Presiding Judge 2007-2011
National Judicial College Faculty Council, Chair
National Judicial College Faculty, 2000 – Present

Civic Memberships & Activities
Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club – member & past secretary
Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County – Co-founder, past president, board member 22 years
First United Methodist Church – Murfreesboro – member
Walk to Emmaus – Lay Director

Started Teaching at NSL

Courses Taught
Civil Procedure

Accolades & Distinctions
Leadership Rutherford/Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Community Service
Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Distinguished Service to Families Award
Rutherford County Community Service Award – Lifetime Achievement
Distinguished Alumnus of Middle Tennessee State University
Inducted into the Tennessee Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame

“A Bridge over Troubled Water: Changing the Custody Law in Tennessee” University of Memphis Law Review
“Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges”  Bernet and Ash, Kreiger Publishing, 2007

Married to Rita Ash for over 28 years. Four children and six grandchildren.

Contact Information
Senior Judge – State of Tennessee
500 North Walnut Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

615-295-2518 (Voice)