Larry E. Potter

General Sessions Court Judge

Year Elected/Appointed


Prior Judicial Experience

In 1991, Judge Potter helped write a law that created a county wide Environmental Court with injunctive authority to strongly deal with environmental problems confronting Memphis and Shelby County.

Appointed to a City Court Judge position, 1982

Previous Employment

Assistant City Attorney, 1981-1982

Assistant City Prosecutor, 1980-1981

Private Practice, 1979-1980

Assistant Public Defender and Chief Public Defender for the City of Memphis, 1978-1979


University of Memphis, 1977
Austin Peay University, 1972, Masters in Education
University of Tennessee, 1969, B.A. Arts in Education/History


The TN Governor's Robert Sparks Walker Lifetime Achievement Ward, 2009

Memphis Rotary Club's Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award, 2007

Keep America Beautiful's Iron Eyes Cody Award, 2006


American Bar Association

Judicial Division

Environmental Law Committee

Tennessee Bar Association

Keep TN Beautiful Board, Chairman

Austin Peay State University, Board of Directors

Community Involvement

Shelby County Pension Board

Interpreting Service for the Deaf, Board of Directors

Mid-South Fair, Board of Directors

Neighborhood Watch Association, Board of Directors

Elder in Presbyterian Church

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Shelby County Justice Center
201 Poplar Avenue, Suite 2-55
Memphis, TN 38103