Patricia Bennett of Jackson has been elected to serve as President-Elect of The Mississippi Bar. Her term will begin at the conclusion of the Bar’s annual meeting. She will be the 113th President of The Mississippi Bar. The Mississippi Bar is composed of about 9,200 lawyers who are licensed to practice law in Mississippi.
Bennett is serving as the Interim Dean at Mississippi College School of Law. She is the director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Center and teaches criminal procedure, trial practice, and mediation advocacy. Pat received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College and her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law.
An experienced prosecutor, Bennett is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Assistant District Attorney for Hinds and Yazoo counties, and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi. For eight years she served as a JAGC officer in the U. S Army Reserve and the Mississippi National Guard. She is a certified mediator.
Bennett served a two-year term as President of the Charles Clark Chapter of the American Inns of Court and was recently appointed to serve on the American Inns of Court law school task force. She served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of The Mississippi Bar in 1993 and in 2006-2009. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 1997 and served as a Trustee of the Foundation in 2000-2003. She is a member of the Capital Area Bar Association and served as president of the Hinds County Bar Association in 2001-2002. Bennett was President of the Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association (2006-2008) and is a Governor Emeritus. She is a member of Leadership Jackson Alumni Association and a board member. Pat is a member of The Mississippi Bar, Magnolia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, Metro-Jackson Black Women Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and the Capital Area Bar Association.
Bennett received Mississippi College’s highest teaching award when she was voted by the entire university faculty as the 2014 Distinguished Professor.