O. Duane Slone

Circuit Court Judge
Judge Slone, a former drug trafficking prosecutor, was first elected to the 4th Judicial District Circuit Court in 1998 and in 2009 he co-founded his judicial district’s Drug Recovery Court. He is recognized nationally as an effective collaborator and innovator for his efforts to address the Opioid Driven Addiction Crisis. Currently, Judge Slone serves as Chairman of the 8 State Appalachian-Midwest Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative, the Substance Misuse & Addiction Resources for Tennessee “SMART” Justice Network, and the Tennessee Judicial Conference Problem Solving Court Committee. He is a steering committee member of the National Rural Justice Collaborative and “SMART” Policy Network. Additionally, Judge Slone is a member of the National Institute of Drug Addiction JCOIN Practitioner Advisory Board, the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women’s Services and the White House ONDCP National SUD Strategic Advisory Panel Criminal Justice Workgroup. Judge Slone has been honored as the recipient of many state and national awards for his innovative work addressing the Opioid Crisis including the 2019 National Center for State Courts William H. Rehnquist Judicial Excellence Award, the nation’s highest state court judicial honor in recognition this work.
Year Elected/Appointed
Previous Employment
  • Private Practice of Law, Law Offices of Duane Slone, Dandridge & Sevierville, TN, 1994-1998
  • Assistant District Attorney General in charge of drug trafficking prosecutions, 4th Judicial District, State of Tennessee, 1991-1994
  • Law Office of Galyon & Stokes, Sevierville, TN, 1990-1991
J.D., Memphis State University, 1990
B.A., Carson Newman College, 1987
  • National Center for State Courts, “Distinguished Service” Award, 2018
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Tennessee Chapter, Children Are The Reason for Exceptional Service “CARES” Award, 2018
  • Tennessee Association of Recovery Court Professionals, “Judges Making a Difference” Award, 2017
  • Tennessee Public Health Association, “Visionary” Award. Award given for work in reducing incidences of births with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, including innovations in rural Tennessee to provide healthy housing and access to prenatal medical and behavioral health care, 2016
  • Tennessee Association of Alcohol & other Drug Addictions Services, “Voice of Recovery” Award. Award given for advocacy and leadership to end criminal prosecution of drug addicted pregnant women for delivering child exposed to illicit drug exposure, 2016
  • Jefferson County Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, “Jefferson Countian of the Year” Award, 2016
  • Tennessee Public Health Association, Partners & Leadership Service “PALS” Award.  Award given for assistance to the Tennessee Department of Health in empowering women with information about in utero substance exposure and healthy family planning and eliminating barriers to access family planning services including long acting reversible contraception, 2015 
  • Chairman, Appalachian-Midwestern Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative
  • Co-Chairman, Tennessee Judicial Opioid Initiative
  • Co-Chairman, National Judicial Opioid Task Force, Civil & Criminal Justice Committee
  • Chairman, Tennessee Judicial Conference, Problem Solving Court Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Judicial Conference, Education Committee
  • Member, Tennessee Judicial Conference, Legislative Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Tennessee Association of Recovery Court Professionals
  • Drug Recovery Court Judge, 4th Judicial District
Community Involvement
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley, founding member and continuous service as President or member of Executive Committee of the Board of Directors since 1999
  • Sevier County CARES (Coalition for Addiction Recovery & Education Services), member of Board of Directors
  • Rescue 180, Jefferson County, Tennessee, Drug Addiction Prevention Coalition
  • RCORP ETC (Rural Communities Opioid Response Program for East Tennessee Consortium), member of strategic planning working group
Contact Info

854 South Hwy. 92
Dandridge, TN 37725
United States