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MBJ PROFILE: Cheri Turnage Gatlin

by Wally Northway Published: May 29,2011

Tags: Burr & Forman, Cheri Turnage Gatlin, MBJ Profile

It was a typical day in the life of Cheri Turnage Gatlin, the managing partner of the Jackson office of Burr & Forman, LLP. Her office phone rang almost incessantly, the price one pays for being known as a go-to person in the field of construction law. An associate poked his head to ask a […] [...]

Tort to be tested by Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments June 14 on the constitutionality of the state’s $1 million cap on punitive damages in civil jury awards. The argument arose after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals certified the question of the cap’s constitutionality to the Mississippi court. The Fifth Circuit sent the question to the state […] [...]

Electing or appointing?

by Lynn Lofton Published: March 20,2011

Tags: Edwin Pittman, Jim Rosenblatt, Mark Herbert, Richard Gershon

Each system has its advantages, disadvantages In Mississippi judges are elected and appointed. Is one method better than the other? Often judges are appointed to fill unexpired terms and go on to be elected to their own terms. Nine justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court are elected from three districts. Non-partisan elections are staggered so […] [...]

Changes normal for judicial system

Recent judicial turnover causes confusion among citizens Recent changes among judges in Mississippi’s judicial system may be confusing to some state citizens, but legal experts say the turnover is the natural progression of keeping judges on the courts’ benches. An appointment to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court left a vacancy on the Mississippi Supreme Court, […] [...]

Hiring picking up for accountancy grads

by Becky Gillette Published: March 20,2011

Tags: Jack Coppenbarger, Mark Wilder, Mississippi Association of CPAs, Scott Maynard

Accounting has not been immune to the difficult economy experienced in the past couple of years, but the job market for accounting graduates appears to be on the upswing. “We noticed in 2010 it was much, much more difficult,” said Mark Wilder, Ph.D., CPA, dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy, University of Mississippi. “It […] [...]

Arinder: One stands out

Enterprise Mississippi promotes vision for state strategic planning Dr. Max Arinder, executive director of the Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER), has been involved in literally hundreds of PEER reports during his 30-year tenure at PEER. One report in particular stands out in his mind as some of the committee’s […] [...]

Technology changing the way law is practiced

by Lynn Lofton Published: November 28,2010

Tags: John Harral, Law and Accounting, Martin Willoughby, MBJ Focus, W.C. Trotter

Attorneys look to stay in touch and informed in new-fashioned ways Like all industries and professions, the legal profession is feeling the effects of technology that’s changing the way law is practiced. Among those changes are a reduction in the number of administrative staff needed in offices, rapid access to information versus hours spent in […] [...]

CPAs give advice for end-of-year tax strategy

by Lynn Lofton Published: November 28,2010

Tags: Alexander Van Loon Sloan Levens Favre, Ed Jones, Jerry Levens, Law and Accounting, MBJ Focus

All eyes are focused on Congress to see if Bush Administration’s tax cuts will be extended As the year winds down and holiday festivities begin, thoughts also turn to end-of-year business and tax strategies. Two experienced certified public accountants, Jerry Levens of Gulfport and Ed Jones of Pascagoula, offer some words of advice. Levens points […] [...]

Federal healthcare reform education

Mississippi Society of CPAs leading efforts for accountants As accountants strive to understand the federal healthcare reform legislation, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants is giving guidance by helping educate its members. Programs on the healthcare act have been held in Tupelo, Jackson and Hattiesburg with William F. Taylor as the presenter. Taylor, a […] [...]

Dean: Ole Miss law school most under-valued in US

New Ole Miss dean wants to tell the world of school’s value Richard Gershon took the reins as dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law last July with a vision of making the Oxford school better known nationally and internationally. “It’s the most under-valued law school in the country,” he said. “The faculty […] [...]

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