TISC Counterbalances Legislature
The Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court is the judicial branch of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature.
The Court has two primary functions:
Justices serve one-year terms that begin upon the adjournment of each year's TISL General Assembly; they may be reappointed twice for a total of three years on the bench.
The Court is open for business all year but spends most of its time preparing for AMC3 and the General Assembly, which occur over four days each November.
Justices are appointed by the Governor of TISL from a slate of nominees submitted by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission. In keeping with Tennessee practice, the Court elects the Chief Justice.
The Court adopts its own Rules of Procedure and elects its own officers, including the Clerk & Marshall. Consistent with the Tennessee Constitution, it also appoints the Attorney General of TISL.
Justice Jeff Bivins of the Tennessee Supreme Court and Judge Frank Clement Jr. of the Tennessee Court of Appeals advise the Court on ethics, decorum and procedure. Both are TISL alumni, and Judge Clement is a former TISL governor.
The Tennessee Supreme Court provides physical resources and other support.
Justice Bivins is a TISL alumnus and a member of the TISL Board of Directors
Judge Clement was Governor of TISL in 1972.
Special Adviser Emeritus
While he was a justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court, Dean Koch helped design the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge and helped the inaugural Supreme Court write the rules of procedure.