Judy Cornett

College of Law Distinguished Professor

Judy Cornett

Areas of Expertise

Juries, Law and Literature, Legal Ethics, Legal Writing & Rhetoric, Procedural Law


PhD, 1997, University of Virginia
MA, 1989, University of Virginia
JD, 1982, University of Tennessee College of Law
BA, 1977, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Professor Cornett combines her legal knowledge with her love of English literature. After receiving the JD 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.