Professor of Public Advocacy

Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC

Hamilton College, A.B., 1976

Law Degree
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1979

Court Admissions
Tennessee, 1979

Court Admissions
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1985
United States Supreme Court, 1988

Professional Memberships & Activities
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association

Founding Dean, College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, Tennessee State University (2008)
Director, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School (2008-2010)
Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Vanderbilt University (2012-present)

Civic Membership & Activities
Mayor of Nashville (1999-2007)
Member, Tennessee House of Representatives (1986-1996), Majority Leader (1990-1996)

Chair, Roundtable on Obesity Solutions, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (2013-present)
Trustee, St. Bonaventure University
Board of Directors, Abe’s Garden
Board of Directors, Nashville Children’s Theatre
Board of Directors, Center for Nonprofit Management Advisory Board
FTI Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy

Started Teaching at NSL
January, 2018

Course(s) Taught
Public Advocacy

Accolades and Distinctions

Vanderbilt University Law School Distinguished Alumnus (2004)
Americans for the Arts, Public Leadership in the Arts Award (2006)
Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine (2006)
Civil War Preservation Trust, State Leadership Award (2004)
Country Music Association, The Connie B. Gay Founding Presidents Award (2001)
International District Energy Association, Leadership Award (2006)

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Welcoming Tennessee Award (2008)
Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies, The Bridge Award (1991)
Legislator of the Year: Tennessee Counseling Association (1996)
Tennessee Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics, Tennessee Pediatric Society (1995)
Tennessee Conservation League (1991)
Tennessee District Attorneys Association (1989)
Tennessee Education Association Friend of Education Award (2006)
Tennessee Hospital Association, Community Service Award (1994)

Nashville Alliance for Public Education, Distinguished Service Award (2008)
Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, Friend of Education Award for Outstanding Support of Public Education (1996)
Nashville Downtown Partnership, Vision Award (2007)
Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee, Jack C. Massey Leadership Award (2007)
Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, Honorary Realtor of the Year (2007)
Community Nashville, Human Relations Award (2006)
Public Relations Society of America Nashville, Apollo Award (2003)
John C. Tune Public Service Award, Nashville Bar Association (2006)

Contact Information
150 Fourth Avenue, North
Suite 1820
Nashville, TN 37219

Phone Number (Voice)