NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark has died aged 71, the court said on Friday. She had been diagnosed with cancer.
According to a press release, Clark died overnight after 16 years in her role, serving the longest term of her counterparts in court as she sat on the bench for more than 1,100 Supreme Court cases. Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who chooses Clark’s replacement, called her a “pioneer for women in the legal profession.”