|William C. Koch|
|Current Court Information:|
|Tennessee Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Succeeded by:||Jeff Bivins|
|Past post:||Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals|
|Undergraduate:||Trinity College, 1969|
|Law School:||Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1972|
|Grad. School:||University of Virginia School of Law, 1996|
William C. Koch, Jr. is a former associate justice for the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by former Governor Phil Bredesen in June 2007. In 2008, he was retained for a full eight-year term, which would have expired in 2016. However, Koch retired from the court on July 15, 2014.Cite error: Closing
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Koch received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1969, his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1972, and his LL.M. in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996.
- 2007-2014: Justice, Tennessee Supreme Court
- 1984-2007: Judge, Tennessee Court of Appeals (appointed by former Governor Lamar Alexander)
- 1981-1984: Counsel to Governor Lamar Alexander
- 1979-1981: Commissioner of personnel, State of Tennessee
- 1979: Legal adviser to Governor Lamar Alexander
- 1977-1979: Deputy attorney general
- 1976-1977: Senior assistant attorney general
- 1972-1976: Assistant attorney general 
- 1997-Present: Instructor in constitutional law, Nashville School of Law
- 1988-1995: Instructor, Vanderbilt University School of Law 
Awards and associations
- 2002: Tennessee Appellate Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates
- 1998, 1999, and 2001: Fourth-Year Instructor of the Year, Nashville School of Law 
- 2005-Present: Board of Trustees, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
- 2000-Present: Board of Trustees, American Inns of Court
- 1995-Present: President, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
- 1980-Present: Board of Trustees, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
- 1985-1988: Executive Committee, Tennessee Judicial Conference 
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Koch received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.84, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.02 that justices received in Tennessee. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- TN Courts.gov, "Justice William C. Koch"
- TN Courts.gov, "Tennessee Supreme Court"
- TN Courts.gov, "Tennessee Supreme Court Justices Biographies"
- Legal Newsline, "Koch the answer for Tenn. SC," June 15, 2007
- TN Courts.gov, "Justice William C. Koch," accessed June 6, 2014
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "August 7, 2008 Primary Election Official Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- State of Tennessee, "Judicial retention for Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, August 7, 2008 Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||William Barker • Janice Holder • William Koch • Martha Daughtrey • Horace Harmon Lurton • Paul Summers •|