Dean William C. Koch, Jr.

DEAN WILLIAM C. KOCH, JR. is currently the President and Dean of the Nashville School of Law.  Before his appointment, Dean Koch served as a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals.  During his 30-year judicial career, Dean Koch was recognized as Tennessee’s Appellate Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates and was also listed as one of the 500 Leading Judges in America.  Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Dean Koch served as Counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, Commissioner of Personnel, and Deputy Attorney General of the State of Tennessee.  Dean Koch received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He earned a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and an LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.  Dean Koch teaches Unites States Constitutional Law and Tennessee Constitutional Law at the Nashville School of Law.  He has also received appointments as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and Belmont University College of Law.  Dean Koch serves as President of the American Inns of Court and President of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court.  He is the chair of the Tennessee Trial Court Vacancy Commission and has chaired the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force.  Dean Koch also serves on the Board of Trustees of Cumberland University, the Nashville Bar Association, the Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.