TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 7, 2021

A portrait of former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Charles D. Susano Jr. was unveiled recently in the Knoxville Supreme Court building where he heard countless cases over the course of his 25-year judicial career. Among those who spoke at the ceremony was Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee, who praised Susano for his generosity as a mentor to young lawyers and judges (including herself when she joined the court in 2004), for the more than 1,000 opinions he authored and for the many awards he received — including the Justice Frank F. Drowota III Outstanding Judicial Service Award from the TBA in 2017. She also referenced the physical challenges he has dealt with and how his perseverance has been an inspiration to others. Susano was appointed to the bench in 1994 after having served in private practice for 30 years. He served as presiding judge of the court from 2012 to 2014. At the time of his retirement in April 2020, Susano was the longest serving appellate judge in the state.