TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Kate Prince on Sep 15, 2020

In an article today, the Administrative Office of the Courts tells us about Judge Tim Irwin and his unlikely path to becoming a juvenile court judge in Knox County. Irwin, who played football for the University of Tennessee, was already accepted into law school when he was scooped up by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the NFL draft. Never giving up the dream of a legal career, Irwin took night classes at a Minnesota law school while still in the NFL, ultimately transferring to UT College of Law and earning his law degree in 1990. Several years into private practice, Irwin quickly recognized how impressed he was with juvenile court judges. “I became fascinated by that,” Irwin said. “I thought if I ever had the chance to go for that career, it would be really fulfilling.” Read more on Irwin’s time with the NFL and his new position as president of the Tennessee Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges.