The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Parking for graduates and guests will be available in student parking areas on campus.
Justice Lee has served on the state Supreme Court since her appointment in October 2008. She previously served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals from 2004 to 2008 and in private practice from 1978 to 2004.
Since her graduation from UT Law, Lee has remained involved with the college and university. She currently serves on the College of Law Dean’s Circle and has served as an adjunct faculty member of the college. She is the recipient of a UT Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Lee is also an alumna of the UT College of Business Administration.
Lee has served as president of the East Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women and as director of the Tennessee Lawyers’ Association for Women. She is a member of the American, Tennessee, and Knoxville bar foundations and serves on the Board of the Knoxville YWCA, the Board of the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Congressional Medal of Honor 2014 national convention committee.
She has received numerous honors, including the Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award, the Woman of Achievement Award from the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, the Knoxville YWCA Tribute to Women Award, and the Spirit of Justice Award. Lee is the mother of two daughters, one of whom is a 2012 graduate of UT Law.
Graduation celebrations begin the evening before the hooding ceremony with the 3L Blues and BBQ Supper for graduating students, their family and friends, and UT Law faculty and staff. The supper is scheduled for 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the College of Law Patio and Commons.