Joe Jarret is an attorney and a federal and state mediator who has been practicing law for over 30 years. He has practiced law before the Tennessee Supreme Court, and lower state and federal courts and before the Florida Governor and his Cabinet. He has served three different government entities as chief legal counsel the most recent being Knox County, Tennessee. Joe has presented CLE-certified blocks of instruction on behalf of the Tennessee Bar Association, The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, the Knoxville Bar Association, the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, The Florida Bar Association, E. Tennessee Legal Aid, and other legal organizations. He is the past chair of the TBA Local Government Section. He is a former active duty United States Army Combat Arms Officer and former United States Air Force Special Agent with service overseas. Joe is a full-time lecturer for UT's Graduate School of Public Policy and Administration and frequently lectures at the UT Law School. He is an award-winning writer who has published over 85 articles in various professional journals including the Tennessee Bar Journal.
Joe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters in Public Administration degree, a Juris Doctorate degree, a post-Graduate Certificate in Public Management and is pursing the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at UT.
He is the 2009 recipient of the Gordon Johnston Award for Excellence in the practice of Local Government Law.