Jon Mark Weathers, former district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District, will join the University of Southern Mississippi as university counsel beginning Nov. 15, USM president Martha Saunders announced. Weathers succeeds current university counsel Lee Gore, who will officially retire Jan. 31, 2011, after leading the university’s legal office for 20 years.
Weathers attended the University of Mississippi Law School and was admitted to the Bar in 1972 and is admitted to practice in all Mississippi state courts, U.S. district courts of Mississippi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Weathers was district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District from 1976-1980. After practicing civil law for 23 years, Weathers successfully sought the office of district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District, taking office in July 2003. Earlier this year, he retired from the District Attorney’s Office after seven years of service to Forrest and Perry counties.
Weathers is a member of The Mississippi Bar, South Central Mississippi Bar Association, American Bar Association and Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit. He is a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates; and, Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation.
He and his wife, Peggy, have two children and five grandchildren.