E.Evan Cope

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  • Webb School, Bell Buckle 
  • Rhodes College, B.A.
  • University of Memphis School of Law 
  • Bio

Evan Cope


Evan is an experienced, skillful advocate and counselor who has practiced law in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and throughout Middle Tennessee, since 2001. Over the course of his career, he has successfully represented businesses, local government and individuals in a wide variety of matters in both state and federal courts, and before government boards and agencies. He also serves as general counsel for the City of La Vergne, the Murfreesboro Housing Authority and Community Care of Rutherford County, Inc.

Evan served as chairman of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) from 2014 until 2023, following his appointment to the commission by Governor Bill Haslam in 2012. THEC coordinates and provides guidance to the institutions governed by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees, the six locally-governed state universities, and the community colleges, and colleges of applied technology governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. There are currently nine public universities, two special purpose institutes, 13 community colleges, and 27 colleges of applied technology in Tennessee that serve approximately 250,000 students.

In 2020 Evan was elected to the Board of Trustees of The Webb School, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Founded in 1870, Webb is one of Tennessee’s oldest independent secondary schools.

Evan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Murfreesboro based Greenhouse Ministries, a non-profit corporation that serves those struggling from poverty and related conditions by meeting their physical, educational, and relational needs.

Evan graduated from The Webb School, in Bell Buckle, Tennessee in 1994. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in History, from Rhodes College in 1998, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis in 2001, where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Trial Advocacy and served on the Moot Court Board. While is law school Evan served as law clerk for the Honorable Robert L. (Butch) Childers, Judge of Division IX of the Circuit Court for Shelby County (Memphis), Tennessee.

Evan is a 2010 graduate of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program. The Leadership Law Program was created to serve the legal profession by equipping participants with the vision, knowledge, and skill necessary to serve as leaders in the profession. Evan is also a graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee.