TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 20, 2017
Judges Williams J. Haynes Jr. John T. Nixon are retiring from the U.S. District Court of Middle Tennessee, according to an email announcement released today by Chief Judge Kevin H. Sharp. Haynes has served the court for more than 30 years, including a two-year stint as chief judge. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and was the first African-American magistrate judge and district judge to serve in the Middle District of Tennessee. His retirement was effective Jan. 16. Nixon spent 36 years on the court, seven of which were as Chief Judge. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and was nominated by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Prior to his appointment, Nixon served as assistant U.S. attorney. His retirement was effective Dec. 31.