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Painter is innovation officer at Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has named William S. Painter as the firm’s chief innovation officer, a new position focus on continued innovation in the delivery of client services and technology. Painter, who previously served as Baker Donelson’s chief strategic planning officer, will oversee several areas that are key drivers of innovation, including legal project management, knowledge management, information technology, pricing, eDiscovery/practice support, ...

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C Spire, BellSouth await ruling from state Supreme Court

By JACK WEATHERLY  Cellular South and Bell South await a decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court on whether a contract with the state of Mississippi landline and Internet services, now held by Bell South, that was sealed in 2006 should be a public record. The court held an oral hearing on Sept. 21 that turned on whether the decision by ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Zoning – trust, but verify, authenticate & insure

Zoning plays a critical role throughout the life of a commercial development.  In terms of reviewing zoning status, the Reagan-adopted “trust, but verify” adage should come to mind.  Zoning, however, can be quite complex and the more appropriate proverb might be “trust, but verify, authenticate and insure.” As the term is generally used, “zoning” refers to the approved usage of ...

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Judicial races are only sorta, kinda nonpartisan

Mississippi’s judicial elections are nonpartisan in name only. State law requires candidates to run without party labels, and the state Code of Judicial Conduct prohibits judicial candidates from making specific promises about how they would decide cases. However, nothing stops political parties and politicians from exercising their First Amendment rights by choosing favorites. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has been out ...

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BRIDGFORTH RUTLEDGE — Which is better? One entity ownership vs. multiple entity ownership

I have clients who own multiple properties (or multiple businesses), and they are sometimes not sure whether they should own each property/business in the same entity (such as a limited liability company or corporation) or form different entities to own each property/business separately. They are also not sure whether they should individually own the entity that owns the asset or ...

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Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

If you’ve got to keep paying for something, you might as well use it. That, more than anything, might be the logic behind the announcement from Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher last week that the state prison system intends to seek new uses for the recently closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. Fisher said last week saying the department is considering ...

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NEW DIGS, NEW IDEAS — Baker Donelson offers non-traditional features for employees

By LISA MONTI Visitors to Baker Donelson’s new law offices won’t see corner offices, standard office furniture or a plain coffee pot on the kitchenette counter. Those and other fixtures have been replaced by non-traditional, new features like sit-stand desks and coffee bars. The firm’s lawyers and staff moved into three of the five floors of the new One Eastover ...

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MAULDIN — A day late and a dollar short: Mississippi Supreme Court underscores boorish side of ‘Gentleman’s Deal’

I’ve lived in my current home for about two years. It’s on the corner of a well-trafficked intersection, and we have a shed in the backyard. A few weeks back, I went to work and left the door to the shed unlocked – intentionally – despite the fact I’m generally aware that if you want to ensure your property is ...

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State says it will seek other uses for just-closed prison

Mississippi’s prison system says it will seek some other use for the just-closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. The facility had been run by private companies — most recently Utah-based Management and Training Corp. — but is owned by a public authority. Bond documents issued in July show the state still owes almost $94 million that was borrowed to build and ...

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Analysis: US phases out private prisons, Mississippi shuts 1

Mississippi jumped enthusiastically into using private prisons in the mid-1990s, when the Department of Corrections was under a longstanding federal court order to ease crowding and improve conditions in penitentiaries. The state went on a prison building spree and legislative leaders agreed with private-prison lobbyists, who pointed to government’s unimpressive record of prison management and said corporations might do more ...

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