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Jack F. Dunbar

Holcomb Dunbar, P.A.

Like his role model, the late U.S. District Judge William Keady, Oxford attorney Jack Dunbar views lawyers and judges as keepers of a sacred trust.

A senior attorney with the Oxford law firm Holcomb Dunbar, the University of Mississippi Law School graduate has practiced his craft in his home state since 1957 and has spent the past 12 years in alternative dispute resolution practice as a mediator and arbitrator.

“Along with Judge Keady, a man named William Hanbery taught me the meaning of responsibility growing up,” said Dunbar, who was born in Grenada.  “Mr. Hanbery also taught me values to respect and follow in my relationships with others.”

As a past president of The Mississippi Bar Association, Dunbar led and instituted several programs, including securing the commitment to construct the organization’s headquarters in Jackson.  He also participates annually in the Bar’s professionalism training for law school students at Ole Miss.

During his presidency with the Bar, Dunbar initiated programs such as requiring mandatory legal education for practicing attorneys as a condition of licensure and adopted the IOLTA program to direct interest on lawyer’s trust accounts to fund representation of indigents.

In 2010, Dunbar was presented the Professionalism Award by The Mississippi Bar Foundation.  Other honors he’s received include the Lafayette County “Citizen of the Year” (1990) and being selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1984).

Dunbar says promoting professionalism and the Rule of Law may be his greatest contribution to the legal community.

“I have accepted my responsibility to represent the indigent when called upon by the court,” he said.  “I’ve also participated in the state Bar’s ‘Wills for Heroes,’ a program that offers free legal services for first-responders.”

Dunbar considers his most significant personal accomplishment as working his way through college and law school with scholarships and loan support that he’s repaid.

“Specifically, I am very proud of my leadership as a member of the board of trustees at our local hospital,” he said.  “We negotiated an agreement with the Baptist Group in Memphis to convert the hospital’s limited facility to a regional medical center in 1989.”

A former president of the Clarksdale Rotary Club, Dunbar believes his perseverance and personal values have permitted him to “communicate, lead and work with others to achieve mutual professional, civic and personal goals.”

When he has leisure time, Dunbar enjoys fishing and reading.

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More on Jack F. Dunbar:

Age: 77

Birthplace: Grenada

Family: Wife, Patsy

Role model: late Justice William C. Keady

One word to describe himself: Perseverance

Donates time to: Oxford-Lafayette County Humane Society

Favorite place to travel: Montana and surrounding states

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