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Judicial community reacts to TN Supreme Court justice Clark’s death

Tennessee’s legal community mourned the death of state Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark. 

Clark, known as Connie, died this week. She was 71. 

She was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2005 by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, surviving a 2014 Republican-led campaign to prevent her and two other justices from remaining on the court.

Clark was the second woman to have served as the court’s chief justice. The Tennessee Supreme Court announced her death from cancer on Friday morning. 

A Franklin native, Clark’s career began in Middle Tennessee and grew to encompass the whole state. As news of her death spread, leaders in the state’s judicial and legislative branch celebrated her career. 

Related:Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark has died at 71. She served on the state’s high court for 16 years.

Here are how Tennesseans are remembering Clark.

‘Justice Clark was a mentor’

“Justice Clark was a mentor to me. When I first joined the Court, she was especially kind and helpful,” Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger A. Page said. “I am sure there will be times in the future when I will reach for the phone to seek her advice only to realize that her guidance is no longer available. The courts of Tennessee will never be the same.”

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