Holly Kirby has begun her term as the chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court after being elected unanimously to serve a two-year term. She is the fourth ever female chief justice of the court and succeeds Justice Roger Page. Kirby was the first woman to serve on the Tennessee Court of Appeals when she was appointed in 1995 and served until 2014 when Gov. Bill Haslam appointed her to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Kirby, a native of Memphis, attended high school in Columbia and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Memphis.