Retiring DA to join Belmont Law faculty

Johnson served 27 years as Davidson County prosecutor

Victor S. "Torry" Johnson III, the veteran Davidson County district attorney general who will retire at month's end, will join the Belmont University College of Law as an esteemed visiting professor in January 2015.

Johnson (pictured), a 1974 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Law, served as DA for 27 years.

“Bringing Torry Johnson on board as a faculty member is truly a significant coup for our College of Law,” Belmont President Bob Fisher said in a release. “His devotion to his work and to public service is exceptional, and the expertise he can transmit to our students will raise the bar again on the educational opportunities Belmont Law provides.”

As a visiting professor at BU, Johnson will teach criminal justice courses on a full-time basis with a particular emphasis on prosecutorial ethics.

Belmont Law graduated its first class in May and is provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association. Alberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general, serves as dean of the BU College of Law.