Judy M. Cornett

Cornett Judy
  • College of Law Distinguished Professor of Law

  • B.A., 1977, J.D., 1982, University of Tennessee
    M.A., 1989, Ph.D., 1997, University of Virginia

  • Location: Room 352
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6827
  • Email: jcornett@utk.edu
  • Courses Taught: Civil Procedure, Law and Literature, Legal Process, Legal Profession, Jury System


Publications of Judy M. Cornett

Professor Cornett combines her legal knowledge with her love of English literature. After receiving the J.D. degree from UT, Professor Cornett earned master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Virginia.
Cornett is a popular speaker on civil procedure and legal ethics. She has been published in the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, and the Tennessee, Cincinnati, Loyola Chicago and Albany law reviews.
She is a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She served on the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Gender Fairness and as co-chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court Committee to Implement the Recommendations of the Racial and Ethnic Fairness Commission and the Gender Fairness Commission.


Biography of Judy M. Cornett

Articles & Other Publications

Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Law (with Carl A. Pierce and Alex B. Long) (Thomson/West 2010).

Sound and Sense: A Text on Law and Literature (with Jerry J. Phillips) (West 2003).

The Ethics of Blawging: A Genre Analysis, 41 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 221 (2009).

Trick or Treat? Summary Judgment in Tennessee after Hannan v. Alltel Publishing Co., 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 305 (2010).

Atticus Finch: Christian or Civic Hero? A Response to Professor McMillian, 77 Tenn. L. Rev. 723 (2010).

Redefining Summary Judgment by Statute: The Legislative History of Tennessee Code Annotated Section 20-16-101, 8.1 Tenn. J. Law & Policy 100 & 206 (2012) (with Matthew R. Lyon).

Contested Elections as Secret Weapon: Legislative Control over Judicial Decision-Making, 75 Albany L. Rev. 2091 (2011/2012) (with Matthew R. Lyon).

The Legacy of Byrd v. Hall: Gossiping About Summary Judgment in Tennessee, 69 Tenn. L. Rev. 175 (2001).

Hoodwink’d by Custom: The Exclusion of Women from Juries in Eighteenth-Century English Law and Literature, 4 Will. & Mary J. of Women and the Law 1 (1997).

The Treachery of Perception: Evidence and Experience in Clarissa, 63 Cinn. L. Rev. 165 (1994).

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