Lee Names TN Supreme Court, Court Of Criminal Appeals Appointees

Photo: Sarah Keeton Campbell / LinkedIn; background – Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Tennessee / Thomas R Machnitzki / CC

The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has announced the appointment of Sarah Keeton Campbell to the Tennessee Supreme Court and Judge John W. Campbell, Sr. to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Western Division.

“Sarah is a highly accomplished attorney and brings valuable experience from the federal level, including the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Gov. Lee. “Her commitment to an originalist interpretation of the state and federal constitutions will serve Tennesseans well. She is well-suited for the state’s highest court and I am proud to appoint her to this position.”

Sarah K. Campbell serves as Tennessee’s Associate Solicitor General and Special Assistant to the Tennessee Attorney General, Herbert Slatery III.

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In that role, she has represented Tennessee before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. 

She previously worked for Williams and Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Tennessee and both a master’s degree in public policy and J.D. at Duke University. 

She clerked for Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Campbell will fill a vacancy created by the passing of Justice Cornelia A. Clark.


Applications for the position were accepted until Friday, November 25th, after which, a two-day public hearing took place beginning on December 8th to determine the three finalists for the position which were then forwarded to Governor Lee for his consideration.

Judge John W. Campbell / Source: TnCourts.gov

Judge John W. Campbell, Sr. is a criminal court judge for the 30th Judicial District, which covers Shelby County. He formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney General in the 30th Judicial District for 27 years. Campbell earned both a bachelor’s degree and J.D. at the University of Memphis. Judge Campbell will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alan E. Glenn.

“John’s extensive background in criminal cases both as an attorney and judge have prepared him to serve Tennesseans on the Court of Criminal Appeals,” said Gov. Lee. “I appreciate his expertise and am grateful for his willingness to serve.”

Each of these judicial appointments is subject to confirmation by the Tennessee General Assembly.


One thought on “Lee Names TN Supreme Court, Court Of Criminal Appeals Appointees

  • January 13, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Let see if these two are no more then Liberal hacks. Being appointed verses being elected we the people have no idea who these two are or where they stand on issues. Personally I have heard of neither of them.


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