Nashville School of Law

Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.

Judge Waverly Crenshaw joined the Nashville School Board of Trust in 2016. He is Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, a position he was appointed to in 2016.

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.