William C. Koch, Jr. — Dean, Nashville School of Law

Speaker Friday, March 17, 2023

Nashville School of Law (NSL) is a private non-profit law school founded in 1911 that offers high-quality legal education at an affordable tuition. Classes are held exclusively at night. Most students enrolled in the School continue full-time employment throughout their law school career. Our students are teachers, police officers, paralegals, insurance agents, doctors, business owners, factory workers, real estate agents and various professionals too numerous to list. Our students appreciate the opportunity to study law while continuing to pursue their present career and pay for their education at the same time. — https://www.nsl.law/

Before his appointment in 2014, Dean Koch served as a Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court and as a Judge of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. During his 30-year judicial career, Dean Koch was recognized as Tennessee’s Appellate Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates and was also listed as one of the 500 Leading Judges in America.

Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, Dean Koch served as Counsel to Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander, Commissioner of Personnel, and Deputy Attorney General of the State of Tennessee.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dean Koch received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He earned his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He has taught Constitutional Law at Nashville School of Law since 1997.

Dean Koch has also received appointments as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University School of Law and Belmont University College of Law.

The dean is currently the Vice President of the American Inns of Court. He is the president of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court and is the chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Indigent Representation Task Force and a member of the Trial Court Vacancy Commission.

He has been married to Deborah Patterson Koch since 1985.  The couple attends Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville.

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