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One year old and growing — Appellate Practice Section seeks to increase advocacy in state’s appellate courts

Just one year old, the Appellate Practice Section of the Mississippi Bar Association has approximately 100 members and is running smoothly. It was started to increase the level of advocacy in the state’s appellate courts. These court decisions affect all Mississippians – decisions regarding business issues, family law, custodial matters and capital punishment. “In Mississippi, as in every jurisdiction, appellate ...

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Butler Snow adds Jordan N. Walker and Tray Hairston to firm

Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC has added Jordan N. Walker and Tray Hairston in the firm’s Ridgeland office. Walker will be a member of the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices and Healthcare Group, and Hairston will serve in the Public Finance and Incentives Group. Walker earned his juris doctorate and bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of ...

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State bar foundation says legal help for the poor is one of its major accomplishments

The Mississippi Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization founded 50 years ago to improve the administration of justice in Mississippi, has a bevy of accomplishments to its credit. Significant especially in a state with the lowest per capita income in the country, the Foundation has provided $12.5 million in financial support to provide legal help for the poor. “We exist because ...

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Bill Whitfield made Mississippi Bar fellow

Bill Whitfield, an attorney with Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, has been inducted as a Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Foundation’s highest honor. Whitfield works in the firm’s Gulf Coast office. He received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law, and his primary practice areas include insurance coverage, medical malpractice and litigation.  

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Larry Houchins defies trend as executive director of state law bar

We rarely see leaders in long-term roles in organizations these days. In fact, a recent report by The Conference Board noted that, “The average tenure of a CEO declined to 8.4 years in 2011 from approximately 10 years in 2000.” Similarly, The NonProfit Times “2010 Nonprofit Organizations Salary & Benefits Report,” found that “the average tenure of a nonprofit CEO ...

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Givens joins firm

Laura W. Givens has become associated with The Lynch Law Firm, PLLC, in Jackson. Givens was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association in September 2012 after receiving her J.D. from Mississippi College School of Law in May, 2012. She has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Mississippi and all state courts of Mississippi. Givens attended the University ...

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Bar Association approves formation of appellate law section

The Mississippi Bar Association recently approved the formation of an appellate law section. It marks the Bar Association’s 16th section, and those behind it say it will benefit those who practice appellate law as a specialty, and those in need of an appeals lawyer. Michael Bentley, who mostly represents civil defendants on appeal for the appellate division of Jackson firm ...

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Read July 23 issue of MBJ

>> ARIZONA KNOCKOUT? Hood mulls legality of subjecting illegal workers to felony charge— By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> HEALTH CARE Insurance commissioner insists exchange work continuing on pace— by Ted Carter >> PANTHER SWAMP PANIC Refuge expansion proposal causing panic— by Clay Chandler >> LAW State law bar approves appellate law section by Clay Chandler >> GULF ...

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Bar to honor Roberts

Circuit Judge James L. Roberts Jr. of Pontotoc will be presented the Mississippi Bar’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of devoted service to the public, profession and the administration of justice over the span of a professional career. The award will be presented to Roberts during the 2012 Mississippi Bar Annual Meeting July 11-14 ...

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Smith named president of Daniel Coker

Roy A. Smith Jr. still remembers vividly when he first walked into the law firm of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. as a prospective new-hire in 1982. He was fresh out of law school, where he served as student body president. With that on his résumé, it should come as little surprise that other firms were interested in his ...

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