Paul Summers

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Paul Summers
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Court Information:
Supreme Court of Tennessee
Title:   Former justice
Active:   2013-2017
Past position:   Attorney in private practice
Past term:   2006-2013
Past position 2:   Attorney general, State of Tennessee
Past term 2:   1999-2006
Personal History
Born:   3/28/1950
Undergraduate:   Mississippi State University, 1968
Law School:   University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1972

Paul Summers is a senior judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was appointed in December 2012, effective January 1, 2013. His current term expires in 2017.[1]


Summers received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1972.[2]


From October 2006 until his appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court, Summers was in private practice with the Nashville law firm of Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. He also previously served as a judge for the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals from September 1990 to 1999, as the attorney general for the state of Tennessee from January 1999 to September 2006, and as a district attorney for the Twenty-Fifth Judicial District.[2][1][3][4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Attorney General of Tennessee
1999 - 2006
Succeeded by
Robert E. Cooper, Jr.