Faculty Profile: Joe Riley Jr

Joe Riley JrJoe G. Riley Law Office
Previous Courses Taught (12)
  • Tennessee Justice Programs: Damages
  • Tennessee Justice Programs: Tennessee Legislation and USSC Review
  • Justice Program 2017: Tenn. Legislation and U.S. Supreme Court Review
  • Justice Program 2016: U.S. Supreme Court Review
  • Justice Program 2016: Significant Recent Cases and Legislation
  • Justice Programs 2015: Ethics: Defending the Indefensible
  • Justice Programs 2015: Legislation and USSC Review
  • Justice Program: From Complaint Through Trial
  • Justice Program: Significant Recent Cases & Legislation Review
  • Justice Program: U.S. Supreme Court Review
  • Justice Program 2013: Significant recent Cases and Legislation
  • Justice Program 2013: U.S. Supreme Court Review

Hon. Joe G. Riley retired from the bench in 2004 having served 7 years on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and 18 years as a Circuit Court Judge in Dyer and Lake Counties. As a Circuit Court Judge, he was one of the pioneers of judicial mediations in civil and domestic cases even prior to the adoption of Rule 31. He is a skilled mediator known for his creative settlements in resolving complex matters.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, 1972)
  • University of Tennessee (B.S., Phi Beta Kappa, 1969)



Memberships & Affiliations 

Joe Riley has served as Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, is a Past-President of the Tennessee Judicial Conference and is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators.  He has authored numerous legal publications, served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis School of Law and taught seminars for judges, lawyers and lay groups. He is one of the three founding partners of Justice Programs, a professional educational group providing continuing legal education for lawyers. He is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.