Connie Clark Obituary – Death: Chief Justice Connie Clark, died suddenly on Friday morning, September 24, 2021, after a short battle with cancer. She was 71 years old.
HAPPENING NOW: TN Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark is lying in state at the TN State Capitol. She is the first active member of the judiciary to lie in state here. Justice Clark passed away last Friday after a short battle with cancer. @WSMV pic.twitter.com/xGdJ9VHBVp
— Ryan Breslin (@RyBrez) September 29, 2021
Justice Clark, was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Franklin, Tennessee. She attended Franklin public schools and graduated from Henry Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She also attended Vanderbilt University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1971. She obtained a master’s degree in teaching from Harvard University.
Justice Clark was a trailblazer and successful advocate for women in the legal profession. She was elected to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2005 and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. In 2010, she became the second woman in state history to hold the Chief Justice’s office.
We mourn the passing of Justice Connie Clark and are grateful for her unwavering service to Tennessee’s judiciary and legal community.
Justice Clark at her 2005 swearing-in to the Tenn. Supreme Court, w/ Jeanie Nelson, Gov. Bredesen, Margaret Behm, Julian Bibb, and Harlan Dodson. pic.twitter.com/09nZ2BRfvL
— Dodson Parker Law (@dodsonparker) September 29, 2021
Gov. Lee issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 29 as a date to honor Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia “Connie” Clark as she lay in state in the capitol today. pic.twitter.com/SOFAhZWLxX
— Tennessee Bar (@TennesseeBar) September 29, 2021
Today @GovBillLee, the Judiciary, GenAssembly, Const Officers & hundreds of Tennesseans honored Justice Connie Clark fittingly in the Historic Supreme Court. This beautiful tribute is a testament to her life & legacy; an inspiring public servant & treasured mentor to all. pic.twitter.com/yRBDmjQ4wM
— deborah taylor tate (@momatate) September 29, 2021