Judge Bill Swann was elected to the Fourth Circuit bench in 1982, and then re-elected in 1990, 1998, and 2006.
Judge Swann received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, was a Fulbright Scholar to Austria the following year, and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Germanic Languages and Literatures. He taught German at Yale, and for two years at Brown University, before entering law school at the University of Tennessee.
Judge Swann is a faculty member of the National Judicial College and the Tennessee Judicial Academy. He has published numerous articles in legal publications, as well as a weekly newspaper column in the News Sentinel.
Judge Swann worked his way through law school, using a combination of student loans and clerking jobs, first for local firm Egerton McAfee, and then for the Tennessee Court of Appeals. After private practice with Kramer Rayson, and then with Hogin, Guyton, Swann & London,he ran for election in 1982.
Judge Bill Swann is a native Tennessean. He grew up in
Fort Sanders and West Knoxville.
He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the Webb School of Knoxville.