W. Mark Ward

Criminal Court Judge

Year Elected/Appointed


Prior Judicial Experience

1979-1981, Law Clerk, Tennessee Court of Appeals

Previous Employment

Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis, School of Law (2000-2009)
Assistant Public Defender (1983-2004)
Adjunct Professor, University of Memphis, Department of Criminal Justice (1996-2001)
Private Practice of Law (1981-1997)


University of Memphis, M.A. 1998
Memphis Theological Seminary, M.A.R. 1986
University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1978
University of Memphis, B.A. 1976


Author: Tennessee Criminal Trial Practice (Thomson 2000-2009)
Argued Rogers v. Tennessee, 532 U.S. 451 (2001) in U.S. Supreme Court
National Criminal Justice Honor Society
1998 "Robert W. Ritchie Award" TACDL
1998 "Public Service Attorney of the Year" TBA
2005 "Judge of the Year" MBA Criminal Law Section


Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board 1996-2003, President, 2001-2002
Tennessee Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, Chair 1995-1996, Executive Committee, 1994-2001
Memphis Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, 1987-Present, Section Chair, 1995

Community Involvement

Community Legal Center, 1998-2008

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Shelby Co. Justice Complex
201 Poplar Avenue, Room 519
Memphis, TN 38103