Judges, lawyers named Mississippi Bar fellows

Fellows Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton, Chancery Judge Carter O. Bise and Circuit Judges Kathy King Jackson and Jannie M. Lewis have been named Fellows of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Fifteen Bar Fellows were inducted during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. Carlton, a native of Columbia and resident of Jackson, has served on the Mississippi Court of Appeals since January 2007. She served in the Mississippi House of Representatives 2004-2006. She previously served as a public defender and an assistant district attorney in the 15th Judicial District. She also worked with the Southwest Mississippi Children’s Advocacy Center as a staff attorney and instructor. Carlton, who holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, has served as a JAG officer in the Army for 23 years. She is now assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve judiciary as a Reserve judge. She served on active duty in the U.S. Army 1990-1998. Bise, of Gulfport, has served as a chancellor of the 8th Chancery Court since January 2002. Jackson, of Pascagoula, has served as circuit judge of the 19th Circuit District since 1991. Lewis, of Lexington, has served as circuit judge of the 21st Circuit District since 1995. She created the 21st District Drug Court in 2006. Attorneys inducted as Bar Fellows for 2013 are: U.S. attorney Felicia C. Adams, Oxford; Michael S. Adelman, Hattiesburg; E. Barry Bridgforth, Yazoo City; Edward F. Donovan, Biloxi; Henderson S. Hall Jr., Jackson; Catherine V. Kilgore, Oxford; Terry R. Levy, Jackson; Floyd M. Melton III, Greenwood; J. Mack Varner, Vicksburg; William E. Whitfield III, Gulfport; and E. Stephen Williams, Jackson. Attorney Michael S. Carr of Cleveland received the Bar Foundation’s Law-Related Public Education Award. Attorney John G. Corlew of Jackson was honored with the Bar Foundation’s Professionalism Award.

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