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Justice to lead college

Justice Randy Pierce will leave the Mississippi Supreme Court on Feb. 1 to become director of the Mississippi Judicial College.

In his new role, Pierce will oversee training and continuing legal education for judges and staff of the entire state court system. The Mississippi Judicial College is a division of the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He has been an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Pierce was elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court in November 2008 and began his term on Jan. 5, 2009. The term will expire in December 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant will make an appointment to fill the vacancy.

Pierce previously served as a chancellor on the 16th Chancery Court, which is made up of George, Greene and Jackson counties. He also served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from District 105. He was chairman of the House Education Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Education.

Pierce grew up near Leakesville. He attended Jones County Junior College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. He worked as a certified public accountant before earning his Masters Degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus.

He earned his law degree in 1997 from the University of Mississippi School of Law, and served as president of the Law School Student Body. He was admitted to the practice of law in April 1997 and entered private practice in Greene County.

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