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Electing or appointing?

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 that not all positions are ...

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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, which was filled by a ...

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Hiring picking up for accountancy grads

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 was tighter and more challenging ...

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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 best work: Report #518, Enterprise ...

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Technology changing the way law is practiced

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 law libraries, increased cost of ...

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CPAs give advice for end-of-year tax strategy

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 out that year-end planning strategy ...

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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 CPA and community bank president ...

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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 and students do great things ...

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Selection process

Honorees were chosen by an independent panel An awards program is only as good as its honorees. And the honorees are only as good as the judging process. Thus, the Mississippi Business Journal went to great lengths to ensure the criteria were fair and balanced and the judging panel was independent for the inaugural Leadership in Law program, according to ...

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Phelps Dunbar has roots back to New Orleans

Siler: Economy to blame for drop in attorneys in Mississippi With roots that date to 1853 in New Orleans, the Phelps Dunbar law firm has about 50 attorneys in three offices across Mississippi. The firm first branched into Mississippi in 1986 with the merger of Jones, Mockbee, Bass and Hodge. Over the next decade, the firm continued to grow; first, ...

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