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E. Riley Anderson

Born: Aug 10, 1932

Birthplace: Chattanooga

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

E. Riley Anderson

Date of Birth : Aug 10, 1932
Birth Place : Chattanooga

E. Riley Anderson is a judge and former Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He has 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Born in Chattanooga, Anderson received a J.D. and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1957. He graduated from the Appellate Judges Program in 1988 and from the Advanced Appellate Judges Program in 1999 at New York University. He practiced private law in Oak Ridge from 1958 to 1987. He was elected the charter commissioner of the city of Oak Ridge and served from 1962 to 1964. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals on March 2, 1987 and elected in August 1988. In August 1990, Anderson became one of the last Tennessee Supreme Court members to enter office through an election, rather than being appointed by the governor and subject to a subsequent vote on retention. He was re-elected to the Supreme Court in August 1998. He served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from October 1994 to May 1996, from July 1997 to August 1998, and from September 1998 to August 2001. During Anderson's time as Chief Justice, the Supreme Court passed a rule allowing the media to bring cameras into courtrooms.


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