Supreme Court Gives Sendoff to Justice Koch

Justice William C. Koch Jr. was honored at a reception today (July 7) at the Tennessee Supreme Court building for his upcoming retirement. Emceed by Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark, several people spoke about Koch's service in his various jobs over the years.

Herbert Slattery, counsel to the governor, presented a gubernatorial proclamation, announcing today as "Justice William C. Koch Jr. Appreciation Day." Sen. Randy McNally presented a resolution from the Tennessee General Assembly honoring Justice Koch. Hayes Cooney told about Koch's time at the Tennessee Attorney General's Office; Dick Chapman spoke about Koch's tenure at the Department of Personnel; Francis Guess represented the Governor's Cabinet; Administrative Office of the Courts Director Bill Young and Belmont Professor Jeffrey Usman, who clerked for Koch on the Court of Appeals, also spoke. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Clement, who is also a trustee of the Nashville School of Law where Koch starts as dean next week, said that the new dean will be a huge "shot in the arm" for the school.

All five members of the court were present at the event that was packed to standing room only. To honor Koch, the justices made a donation to the Nashville School of Law and Chief Justice Gary Wade presented him with a framed copy of the recent Tennessee Bar Journal, which features Koch on the cover.

In his remarks, Koch thanked his wife, Debby, and his assistant, Susan Dulin, who he has worked with for 36 years. Dulin has also retired from state government and will begin work at the Nashville School of Law when Koch does.

Photos by Liz Todaro.

Justice Connie Clark was the master of ceremonies for Justice Koch's retirement presentation.

Chief Justice Gary Wade addresses the crowd at Justice Koch's retirement event.

Chief Justice Wade (left) presented Justice Koch with a framed cover of the recent Tennessee Bar Journal.

Justice Koch stands with Justice Janice Holder, who is also set to retire this summer.