TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 21, 2019
Roane County attorney J. Polk Cooley died on June 19, at the age of 93. A Rockwood native, Cooley practiced law for 72 years, almost all of it in Roane County. He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy Corps, and took advantage of the GI Bill to pivot to the University of Tennessee College of Law. He passed the bar at the age of 21. One of his first cases was serving as co-counsel to Howard Baker Sr. and his son, future U.S. Sen. Howard Baker Jr., to help his own father, John Lewis Cooley, sidestep a murder conviction. A celebration of life will be held on June 24 at 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Rockwood. There will be a reception immediately following in the Fellowship Hall.