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Chaney appointed to bench

VICKSBURG — Gov. Haley Barbour announced M. James Chaney Jr. of Vicksburg would be his appointee to the Ninth Circuit Court Judge position. Chaney will serve the unexpired term of Judge Frank Vollor, who retired May 31. Chaney’s term will end Jan. 3, 2011.

Chaney is a partner in the Vicksburg law firm of Teller, Chaney, Hassell & Hopson, LLP, and practices in the areas of litigation, business law and school law. He has represented school districts for 31 years, and currently represents Vicksburg-Warren schools, Yazoo City schools and the South Delta School District. He served as special assistant attorney general in 1977.

Professionally, he is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Lamar Order and the Warren County Bar Association where he served as president in 1988. He is the current president of the Mississippi Council of School Board Attorneys. He was elected as a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 2002.

Chaney is a member of the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club, the Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce, the Warren County Habitat for Humanity and the First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg where he serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher.

Chaney earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the <i>Mississippi Law Journal</i>.

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