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Hadley: Austin has nothing on Jackson and Mississippi

By NASH NUNNERY Elizabeth Ross Hadley left her heart in Mississippi. A lawyer/lobbyist with prestigious Texas firm Greenberg Traurig, Hadley and her husband Bryan made the decision ten years ago to move to Austin for better and bigger opportunities than her home state could offer. But the Jackson native comes home several times a year to visit family, attend Ole ...

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Gov names 1 to Mississippi high court, 1 to appeals court

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is promoting a Court of Appeals judge to the state Supreme Court. And, he’s appointing a legislator to fill the vacancy on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Bryant announced Wednesday that he’s naming Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland to succeed Justice Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson, who retires Jan. 31. Griffis will join ...

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Butler Snow’s Hairston takes the philosophical approach

By NASH NUNNERY Tray Hairston isn’t your stereotypical attorney. The Jackson native is a student of continental philosophy and existentialism. From Socrates to Sartre, Hairston once took every course offered in the discipline at Tougaloo College and followed up with philosophy course work at Emory University, Brown, NYU and Millsaps College. An attorney with the Butler Snow law firm, Hairston ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers must decide on public defense overhaul

Mississippi’s Public Defender Task Force is gone. How the Legislature reacts next year to the task force’s final report will determine whether it’s forgotten. The group conducted an extensive study of how Mississippi provides lawyers to criminal defendants who can’t afford their own, detailing a rickety county-by-county system where low pay may incentivize public defenders in many counties to skimp ...

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The light is always on at LawyerSmack

» Messaging platform gives lawyers a place of their own By TED CARTER Most lawyers aren’t comfortable discussing their work in public. But that changes when they click on a place exclusively for them, LawyerSmack.com. “It’s their water cooler,” says Keith Lee, a Birmingham lawyer and self-confessed tech geek who created the messaging platform two years ago from non-proprietary software ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Recent tax changes to encourage development & new investment

GRAY SWOOPE Wilson Montjoy Recent enactments of both the U.S. Congress and Mississippi Legislature have modified tax laws to encourage development and new investment. Reducing Fee-in-Lieu to $60 Million Enhances Economic Development Recruitment Tools, Mississippi has traditionally offered incentives for economic development, recognizing that new and expanding industries bring jobs and increased tax revenues, but that Mississippi must compete for ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — PowerScoring Trump’s judicial appointments in the first 18 months

Ben Williams In his first 18 months in office, President Trump placed 44 lifetime Article III federal judges on the bench. Conservative pundits praise the record. But how do the 44 confirmations really stack up? The U.S. currently has 860 congressionally established Article III judicial positions, breaking down as follows: 9 Supreme Court justices, 179 appellate judges, 663 district judges, ...

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