Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon G. Lee and retired Supreme Court Justice William "Muecke" Barker have been recognized as part of University of Tennessee's Top 100 Distinguished Alumni. The recognition comes as The Tennessee Alumnus magazine celebrates it’s 100th continuous year of publication by selecting 100 illustrious graduates to feature in three commemorative issues.
Justice Lee received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Tennessee. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in October 2008, was elected in 2010 and 2014, and served as Chief Justice from 2014-2016. She engaged in the private practice of law in Madisonville from 1978-2004, during which time she served as Attorney for Monroe County, as City Judge for Madisonville, and City Attorney for Madisonville and Vonore. She was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2004, and elected in 2004 and 2006.
Former Justice Barker received his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. In 1998, Governor Don Sundquist appointed Muecke to the Tennessee Supreme Court. He was then elected to a full eight-year term and again in 2006. In 2005, he was unanimously chosen by his colleagues to become Chief Justice. Upon his retirement from the Supreme Court in September 2008, former Chief Justice Barker was named Appellate Judge of the Year by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.