Justice Holder was appointed to the Supreme Court of Tennessee in December 1996 and was elected to eight-year terms in August 1998 and in August 2006. On September 1, 2008, she began a two-year term as the Tennessee Supreme Court's first female Chief Justice. Before her appointment to the Supreme Court, she was elected to Division II of the Circuit Court of Tennessee for the Thirtieth Judicial District at Memphis where she served for six years.
Janice M. Holder is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 1975 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.
Justice Holder has received numerous awards throughout her service as a state court judge and a justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, the latest of which include the 2008 Grayfred Gray Public Service Mediation Award, the 2009 Jurist of the Year Award from the Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the 2009 W.J. Michael Cody Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from the Memphis Area Legal Services.