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Amy Weirich, UT Martin graduate and Shelby County district attorney, to address fall 2015 graduating class Dec. 12


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Amy Weirich, Shelby County district attorney, will address the fall 2015 graduating class at the University of Tennessee at Martin during commencement exercises Dec. 12 in the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center.

Weirich, a Germantown native, earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Martin in 1987 and went on to complete a law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

She joined the district attorney’s office in 1991 as a courtroom prosecutor and handled many high-profile criminal cases. She was also chief prosecutor of the Gang and Narcotics Prosecution Unit and division leader for the Special Prosecution Unit in criminal court.

Gov. Bill Haslam appointed Weirich as Shelby County district attorney in January 2011, after which she was officially elected in August 2012 to complete the final two years of her predecessor’s term. She was re-elected to a full eight-year term in August 2014 and is the first woman to hold this position in Shelby County.

She helped create the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, which is the first federal, state and local law enforcement organization designed to curb gang activity. Her office also sponsors the annual “Do the Write Thing” anti-violence essay contest for students, runs the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program and created Lives Worth Saving, a prostitution-diversion program with Calvary Episcopal Church and other nonprofit organizations.

Weirich serves on a variety of boards and commissions, and her office has been listed among the top-50 workplaces in Shelby County by the Commercial Appeal.

The entire commencement program, including Weirich’s addess, can be seen via a live webcast starting at 11 a.m. at For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.


PHOTO ID - Pictured is Amy Weirich.

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