Professor; Former Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court | University of Tennessee College of Law, Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
Penny White is the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she directs the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and previously directed the UT Legal Clinic. Before beginning her teaching career, White served as a judge at every level of the state court system in Tennessee. For almost 30 years, she has been a faculty member at the National Judicial College, which awarded her the Advancement of Justice Award and the V. Robert Payant Award for teaching excellence. White writes and lectures frequently on topics related to fair judicial process, judicial ethics, and political influence on the judiciary. She has authored several state court benchbooks aimed at improving the judicial process and has published frequently on judicial selection methods and performance evaluations, as well as judicial responsibilities, including her article in the Harvard Law Review “Relinquished Responsibilities,” suggesting that judges should choose to restrict political activity in order to promote the integrity and legitimacy of the judicial system.