Rhynette Hurd--Division Five

Judge Hurd was appointed Judge, Division Eight, in 2010 and elected Judge, Division Five, in 2014


  • B.A., Mount Holyoke College
  • M.A.T., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ph.D., George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
  • J.D., University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Boards, Committees and Commissions:

  • Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council
  • National Conference of Bar Examiners, Diversity Issues Committee

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association, Ben F. Jones Chapter
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Judicial Conference

Career Experience:

  • Instructor of English – Fisk University
  • Instructor of English – Middle Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Professor of English – Memphis State University
  • Law Clerk to Judge Bailey Brown - U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Associate - Armstrong, Allen, Gentry, Johnston & Holmes
  • Chief Counsel – International Paper Company
  • Assistant General Counsel – Accredo Health, Incorporated
  • Vice President, Corporate Counsel – Sedgwick Claims Management Service, Inc.
  • Judge - Shelby County Circuit Court, Division Eight
  • Founder and Rule 31 Mediator – Blair Ridder Hurd PLLC


  • Editor-in-Chief, Memphis State University Law Review (1990-91)
  • Assistant to the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners – 1993-2012
  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners – January 2014 – September 2014
  • Invention - Hurd, R. and Duvall, M. (International Paper Company) “System for distributing
form contracts and monitoring usage thereof.” U.S. patent application 20040148285. 29 July 2004


  • Married – William C. Hurd, M.D.
  • Children – William C. Hurd, II and Ryan K. Hurd
  • Grandchildren – Madison McKinney-Hurd and Carson Hurd
  • Attends Parkway Gardens United Presbyterian Church
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