RENO, Nev. – The National Judicial College (NJC) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Don R. Ash of Tennessee was presented with the College’s Advancement of Justice Award at the Access to Justice: Tearing Down the Barriers Imperative, Initiatives, Implementation and Issues Program on March 31, 2014 at the Baker Donelson Special Events Center in Nashville.
The NJC’s Advancement of Justice Award is bestowed on those who have demonstrated dedication to improving justice. "I am truly humbled by this recognition from The National Judicial College,” said Judge Ash. “Judicial education is crucial and my work with the College has been so rewarding."
“The College is proud to have such dedicated and exceptional faculty members,” said NJC President Chad Schmucker. “We are happy to recognize Judge Ash as a distinguished judge who is dedicated to improving justice in the judiciary.”
Judge Ash served as a panelist during the Access to Justice event which was hosted jointly with the Tennessee Supreme Court and the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. Panelists explored access to justice issues, while highlighting the initiatives of the Tennessee Supreme Court and its commission appointed to study, recommend and facilitate access to justice.
Judge Ash has been a member of the NJC faculty since 2001. He was appointed a senior judge for the state of Tennessee in September 2012. Previously, he was a circuit court judge from 1994-2012 for the 16th Judicial District Court while also serving as presiding judge of the 16th Judicial District Drug and DUI Court. In 1998, he was appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court to the Tennessee Court of Judiciary and served as presiding judge through 2011. He has authored over 30 appellate opinions while sitting as a substitute judge for the Tennessee Court of Appeals.
The NJC is housed in a state-of-the-art building on the historic 255-acre campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. For over 50 years, the NJC has been offering courses to improve judicial productivity, challenge current perceptions of justice and inspire judges to achieve judicial excellence. The NJC is a Nevada not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational entity affiliated with the American Bar Association, governed by an 18-member Board of Trustees. Please visit the NJC website at www.judges.org for more information.