Tennessee Supreme Court

The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is now accepting applications for the Tennessee Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Cornelia Clark.

Due to rules governing the makeup of the five-member court, applicants can only come from Middle Tennessee or East Tennessee. They must be a licensed attorney who is at least 35 years old and has lived in Tennessee for at least five years.

Applications are due Nov. 19.

The council will interview applicants on Dec. 8 or Dec. 9 ahead of an appointment by Gov. Bill Lee, which would be his first to the state’s high court. The current chair of the council is Gif Thornton of Adams and Reese.

Following the death of Clark, the court is currently made up of three appointees by former GOP Gov. Bill Haslam and one by former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen.