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Butler Snow expands government relations presence in Alabama

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  MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  J. Ross Gunnells has joined the Butler Snow Government Relations Group in Montgomery.  Gunnells, who most recently served as Governor Robert Bentley’s Legislative Affairs Director, brings a wealth of governmental experience and knowledge to the firm’s growing government relations practice. Gunnells began his career in government as the finance director for Gov. Bentley’s campaign in 2010 where he ...

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Miss. pays over $60K to defend lawmakers in ballot dispute

JACKSON — Public records show the state has paid more than $60,000 to defend Mississippi legislative leaders in a dispute over school funding amendments. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal requested House and Senate spending records, which show the state paid Jackson attorney Michael Wallace $60,222 between March and August. The dispute was over the summary voters will see in November, ...

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ALAN TURNER — Roy Campbell: Incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association

Roy Campbell, partner with Jackson law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and incoming president of the Mississippi Bar Association, is a third generation lawyer who grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, took his law degree from the University of Mississippi, and has served in the law profession for over 38 years. Primarily a litigator, Roy has handled many high profile cases ...

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872 acres of Marion County sand, gravel, clay reserves on market after bankruptcy

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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has ordered the sale of  Marion Clay & Gravel’s 872-acre tract in Marion County containing significant sand, gravel and clay reserves. The court has retained investment banking services company Heritage Equity Partners, in conjunction with Jax Auctioneers, to seek a buyer. The property is situated between the Pearl River and Highway 43 in South Mississippi’s Marion ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MAEP ballot initiatives invite court rationalizations

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And you thought it absurd when the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized what Congress meant for Obamacare subsidies though the law clearly specified subsidies would go only to exchanges “established by the state.”   Ha!  Mississippi courts have two cases where they must rationalize what the Mississippi Legislature meant by the complex word “shall.”   Shades of Bill Clinton’s, “It depends on ...

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LAW ELEVATED — It’s a good time to franchise your business – can you do it?

Franchising. Business Background.

Franchising is used to expand – and cook up – many types of businesses, especially restaurants. This is understandable, as it’s often viewed as less capital intensive and less risky than other kinds of expansion. Mississippi has a strong history of restaurant franchising and, in my opinion, a host of opportunity for more. It’s not surprising – we’ve got great ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

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CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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SPACE LAW — Ole Miss national champion Moot Court team to compete for internatonal title

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By LYNN LOFTON  When Dean Stephen Gorove began the space law program 45 years ago at the University of Mississippi School of Law, he took a bold, forward-thinking step into an emerging field of study. The program has grown and evolved, and the Moot Court team recently won the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court championship at Georgetown University Law ...

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John McLaurin named to chancery judge post

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BRANDON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County chancery judge. The Brandon attorney replaces the late Dan Fairly, who died in April. Bryant announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin ...

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Joey Langston asks for bribery conviction to be tossed

OXFORD — A former Booneville attorney is asking a federal judge to vacate his conviction for conspiracy to bribe a state judge. Joey Langston pleaded guilty to the charge in 2008, served prison time and completed court ordered probation in the case. WTVA TV reports Langston is seeking to throw out the conviction because of recent rulings about federal jurisdiction ...

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