Former civil rights lawyer
The governor appoints justices from a shortlist submitted by an 11-member, governor-appointed judicial nominating commission; appointees must then be confirmed by the Tennessee State Legislature. Justices represent regional divisions, and confirmed judges must face retention elections every eight years to remain on the court.
Selection method sources:
Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map; Tennessee Courts, Executive Order No. 87