Derek K. Smith, Class of 1992, has been appointed to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the 21 Judicial District by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. The 21st Judicial District includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties.
For the past 19 years, Smith has served in the Office of the District Attorney General for the 21st Judicial District, beginning as an assistant district attorney before being promoted to deputy district attorney in 1999.
“Derek has developed valuable experience in his career with the district attorney general’s office, and he is well respected and recognized in each of the four counties,” Haslam said. “I am thankful for his willingness to serve.”
Before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt, Smith earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude at Pepperdine University.
“I’m honored and humbled by the governor’s appointment.” Smith said. “I am committed to making the governor and the citizens of the 21st Judicial District proud.”
Smith was vice president of the Williamson County Task Force against Domestic Violence, where he earned a Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is also a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, and he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1998.
He and his wife, Ginger, live in Franklin.