Mary L. Wagner -- Division Seven 


            Judge Mary L. Wagner 
About Judge Mary Wagner

Appointed to the Circuit Court of Shelby County in 2016 and elected to the bench in 2018.

Graduate – Bachelor of Arts, University of Colorado
Graduate- Juris Doctor, University of Memphis School of Law, magna cum laude
o GPA: 3.8; Rank: 4
o Law Review, Notes Editor 2008-2009, Staff 2007-2008
o CALI Awards for Excellence (highest grade in a course): Evidence, Secured Transactions, Worker’s Compensation, Business Organizations and Legislation.
o Joseph Henry Shepard Scholarship 2008-2009
o Cecil C. Humphreys Fellowship, 2007-2008

Professional Experience:
State of Tennessee Circuit Court Judge, 30th Judicial District, Division VII, 2016 - Present
Special Judge, Tennessee Supreme Court Worker’s Compensation Appeals Panel, 2018

Practicing Attorney, Rice, Amundsen & Caperton, PLLC
Adjunct Professor, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis
Law Clerk, Judge Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals
Law Clerk, Judge Robert L. Childers, Shelby County Circuit Clerk
Extern, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee
Professional Activities:
Memphis Bar Association
• Member, 2009- present
• Publications Committee 2011- 2016
• Law Week Committee 2016-2017
• Leadership Forum Class of 2012-2013 graduate

Tennessee Bar Association
• Member, 2009- present
• Appellate Practice Section, Chair 2016, Vice-Chair 2015-2016, West Tennessee Delegate 2013 to 2015 and member 2011 to present
• Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class 2016
• Alimony Bench Book Committee – 2017 to present
• Family Law Section Executive Committee – 2019 to present

Leo S. Bearman Sr., American Inn of Court
• Emeritus Member 2020 to present
• Barrister Member 2017 to 2020
• Associate Member 2011 to 2014
• Student Member 2008 -2009

Tennessee Trial Judges Association
• Member, 2017 to present

Tennessee Judicial Conference
• Secretary, 2020 to 2021
• Tennessee Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Member 2018 to present

Community Activities:
Member, Germantown Kiwanis Club
Member, Chi Omega Fraternity, Mock Trial Committee
Member, Hermitage Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Appointed, Governor’s Post Conviction Defender Oversight Commission (2015-2016)
“Outstanding Judge of the Year” 2019 Chancellor Charles A. Round Memorial Award given by the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Memphis Bar Association
“Twelve Most Outstanding Women in the Judicial System” chosen in 2018 by the Memphis Inter-Denominational Fellowship Inc.
2018 American Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Class. One of 25 Americans chosen to participate in a leadership conference with 25 Swiss. Each person was chosen based on his or her professional accomplishments and leadership.
2018 Memphis Bar Foundation Fellow
2016 Rising Star for Super Lawyers
2015 Rising Stars for Super Lawyers

Wife and mother, and member of Christ United Methodist Church

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