William Koch

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This page is about the Tennessee Supreme Court Justice. If you are looking for the page about the Connecticut Probate Court judge, please see William Koch, Jr.
William C. Koch
Court Information:
Tennessee Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Gov. Phil Bredesen
Active:   2007-2014
Succeeded by:   Jeff Bivins
Past post:   Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Past term:   1984-2007
Personal History
Born:   9/12/1947
Undergraduate:   Trinity College, 1969
Law School:   Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1972
Grad. School:   University of Virginia School of Law, 1996

William C. Koch, Jr. is a former associate justice for the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Phil Bredesen in June 2007. In 2008, he was retained for a full eight-year term, which would have expired in 2016. However, Koch retired from the court on July 15, 2014.[1][2][3][4]


Koch received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1969, his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1972, and his LL.M. in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996.[5]


  • 1997-Present: Instructor in constitutional law, Nashville School of Law
  • 1988-1995: Instructor, Vanderbilt University School of Law [5]

Awards and associations


  • 2002: Tennessee Appellate Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 1998, 1999, and 2001: Fourth-Year Instructor of the Year, Nashville School of Law [5]


  • 2005-Present: Board of Trustees, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • 2000-Present: Board of Trustees, American Inns of Court
  • 1995-Present: President, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • 1980-Present: Board of Trustees, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
  • 1985-1988: Executive Committee, Tennessee Judicial Conference [5]



Koch was retained to the Tennessee Supreme Court with 76.1% of the vote.[6]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Koch received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.84, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.02 that justices received in Tennessee. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[7]

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