A. Melissa Boyd

Criminal Court
Division IX


201 Poplar Avenue
Walter L. Bailey, Jr., Criminal Justice Center

7th Floor
Memphis, Tennessee 38103

W. Mark Ward was appointed to the Thirtieth District Criminal Court, Division IX by the Governor of Tennessee in December 2004 and was elected to that position in 2006, where he currently serves.

Judge Ward received a Bachelor Degree in Law Enforcement and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Memphis. He also holds a Master of Arts from Memphis Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.
Judge Ward has served as law clerk to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Tennessee.

He has been a private practitioner of law, an Assistant Public Defender of Shelby County and an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Memphis. In 2000, he litigated the high profile case of Rogers v. Tennessee, which he argued before the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Judge Ward currently teaches criminal procedure as an Adjunct Instructor at the School of Law at the University of Memphis. He is the author of Tennessee Criminal Trial Practice that is designed to serve the needs of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.

Judge Ward is a member of the Memphis and Tennessee Bar Associations. He is a former Chair of the Criminal Justice Section of the Tennessee Bar Association and has served as President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1998, he was awarded the Tennessee Bar Association's Public Service Attorney of the Year Award; and in 2000-2001, he was Chair of the Board of the Community Legal Center.