Haslam appoints Bivins to Tenn. Supreme Court

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has named Criminal Appeals Judge Jeff Bivins to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court bench.

Bivins will replace Justice Bill Koch, who is retiring in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. It is Haslam’s second appointment to the five-member Supreme Court since taking office in 2011.

The governor in December named Appeals Judge Holly Kirby to replace Justice Janice Holder, who isn’t standing for another term in August.

Bivins is a former circuit court judge for Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties. Haslam named him to the criminal appeals court in 2011.

The Kingsport native earned his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in 1982 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986.