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Graves remains passionate about children

    Tiffany Graves is an associate at the Jackson firm Watkins & Eager, PLLC, where she works as a corporate employer litigator and counselor, but she remains passionate about the state’s underserved children.   Graves, who grew up in Winchester, Va., and obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, came to Mississippi as the ...

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Task force tackles bad law practice

Bar’s task force that deals with complaints and issues regarding the unauthorized practice of law   The Mississippi Bar Association has created a task force to handle issues surrounding the unauthorized practice of law in the state. The task force is an extension of the bar’s existing committee, formed in the early 1980s, that deals with complaints and issues regarding ...

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Funding an issue for judiciary

There’s a $6.5-million difference between what the judiciary requested the appropriation recommended   A funding deficit and increased expenses are a concern this year for the Mississippi judiciary, but the chief justice hopes the funding issues can be addressed during the coming legislative session. For fiscal year 2011, there’s a $6.5-million difference between what the judiciary requested to operate and ...

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Getting tough on child support

Colorado law that eyes gaming and delinquent child support payments getting attention in Mississippi   A recent law enacted in Colorado requires casinos to screen winners of more than $1,200 to see if they owe child support, and some in Mississippi said a similar law would be a boon for the state. In the law’s first year, more than $600,000 ...

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McVaugh gets back to her roots

Lawyer says job is a good fit for family and her professional future   Moving back to Greenville was a homecoming for Stephanie McVaugh, both in the relocation to her hometown and her acceptance as an associate at Lake Tindall. McVaugh’s family moved to Greenville when she was a toddler, and she attended Washington School before getting her bachelor’s degree ...

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Questions remain about ARRA funds

Training sessions draw government officials   Funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) continues to roll into Mississippi, and questions remain about how entities approved for stimulus money are to account for the federal money. In many cases, there simply are no easy answers. “Fluid” and “changing paradigm” is how State Auditor Stacey Pickering describes compliance requirements under ...

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Enrollment up in state’s accounting schools

Job opportunities in accounting continue to be sound, even during the current economic downturn   Even if you are not an accounting major at Belhaven College, the school’s unique Accounting Certificate program offers students an opportunity to add another major without having to earn a second bachelor’s degree. “The certificate program is designed mostly for working people who might want ...

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Toyota still battling legal action

Litigation stems from accusations of cover-up of investigations of roll-over accidents Toyota was the winner of the Cash for Clunkers sweepstakes, selling more fuel-efficient vehicles than any other manufacturer in August. The boon bumped the company’s sales numbers, which had been spiraling for months. Toyota could have seen a surge of a totally different kind if the claims made by ...

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High court to answer contractor liability issue

Litigation originated with suit from Architex Association against Scottsdale in Rankin County Court What exactly is covered under the terms of a general contractor’s commercial general liability insurance policy? That is the question the Mississippi Supreme Court will answer in Architex Association Inc. v. Scottsdale Insurance Co. Architex sued Scottsdale in Rankin County Circuit Court after the owner of the ...

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Hafter appointed to prestigous chair

Education has always been important to this Phelps Dunbar partner   Attorney Jerome C. “Jerry” Hafter has been an advocate for education in Mississippi for decades. For 22 years, he served as chair of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions, and he has served on the Greenville Public School District board of trustees for almost as long. Now, Hafter has ...

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