TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 16, 2018
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank F. Drowota III, a legendary figure in the Tennessee legal community, died on Sunday. He was 79. Born in Kentucky and raised in Nashville, Drowota’s early adult life was spent as a member of the U.S. Navy before he returned home to attend Vanderbilt Law School. He worked in the firm of Goodpasutre, Carpenter, Woods and Sasser until 1970, when at just 31 years of age, he was appointed to the Chancery Court of Davidson County. He was later appointed to the state Court of Appeals before being elected to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1980. He is currently the second-longest serving justice in state history. (Read more on his career in this Tennessee Bar Journal article from 2005.) For his remarkable career and his innumerable contributions to the legal profession in Tennessee, the TBA created the “Justice Frank F. Drowota Outstanding Judicial Service Award” in 2006. It is given each year to a judge who demonstrates “extraordinary devotion and dedication to the improvement of the law, the legal system and the administration of justice,” just as Drowota did. Services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Pike, with visitation starting at 12:30 p.m.