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303 North Church Street • Suite 101 • Murfreesboro, TN 37130 • Phone: (615) 217-7124 • Fax: (615) 217-7127

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303 North Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 217-7124
Fax: (615) 217-7127

Photo of Judge Don AshJudge Don Ash

Don Ash was elected to the bench in the Sixteenth Judicial District in 1994 as a Circuit Court Judge after serving as a partner in the law firm of Bolin and Ash. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis School of Law, Judge Ash went on to become the first judge in Tennessee to complete the Masters Degree program at the University at Nevada-Reno May 2000. He has recently been honored to serve as a faculty member of that university.

Judge Ash has proven to be a leader in his judicial district by serving as presiding judge over the Domestic Violence Court and the Drug Court. Ash has also served on the Court of the Judiciary, Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee, Tennessee Bar Association’s Family Law Committee, Rutherford/Cannon County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Fellow and was most recently elected as President-elect for the Tennessee Judicial Conference for 2003-2004.

He is an author of several publications including his 1997 thesis for the University of Memphis Law School entitled “A Bridge Over Troubled Water: Changing the Custody Law in Tennessee” which was the basis for the drafting and adoption of the Parenting Plan (TCA 36-6-401) for the State of Tennessee. He was also instrumental in Public Chapter 564 regarding improvements to the Court of Judiciary and in developing the Tennessee Bar Association’s Online Continuing Legal Education Program, “Tennessee’s Parenting Plan Overview”.

Community involvement is also important to Judge Ash as evidenced by his membership in numerous community and civic projects including the Boys and Girls Club, Noon Rotary, and United Way of Rutherford County. His involvement has brought numerous recognitions including Tennessee Jaycees Outstanding Young Tennessean Award (1993), Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service (1999), Award of Excellence by the Mediation Association of Tennessee, Inc. (1999), 2001 Distinguished Service to Families Award by the Tennessee Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and most recently the 2002 Rutherford Pinnacle Award from the Leadership Rutherford Organization.

Photo of Judge Ash's Courtroom


American University - Justice Programs Office

Bureau of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Justice Programs

Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals

Davidson County Drug Court

Office of Criminal Justice Programs for Tennessee

National Association of Drug Court Professionals and Drug Court Institute

National Drug Control Policy

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