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Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. Named Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. Named Distinguished Service Award Recipient

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Nashville School of Law Board Member Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr. is being recognized as this year’s Distinguished Service Award Recipient by Vanderbilt University Law School.
Crenshaw, who graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1981, will be celebrated at the law school’s Founders Circle Dinner in April.
Crenshaw earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. After law school, he clerked for the chancery and probate court in Nashville and then for U.S. District Court Judge John T. Nixon. He later served as an assistant Attorney General for Tennessee, handling consumer protection and antitrust issues. He then worked as an associate at Passino, Delaney & Hildebrand.

In 1990, he joined the law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP., as an associate, becoming partner in 1994 – ­the first African-American attorney and partner at the firm. His practice there focused on complex employment issues involving multiple plaintiffs and class action discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases.

Nominated in 2015 by President Barak Obama, Crenshaw is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
He joined the NSL Board of Trust in 2016.

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