Supreme Court Justice Ann H. Lamar of Senatobia is the recipient of this year’s Chief Justice Award. The annual award recognizes an individual whose work has improved the judicial system.
Lamar was honored for 32 years of public service, including nine years on the Supreme Court. She is the third woman to serve on the state Supreme Court. She previously served for 5 1/2 years as Circuit Judge of the 17th District, two years as district attorney and nine years as assistant district attorney. Before she earned a law degree, she worked for two years as a court reporter in chancery court, and four years as administrative assistant in the Governor’s Office of Education and Training.
In 2008, Justice Lamar served as co-chair of the Commission for the Study of Domestic Abuse Proceedings. The Commission made recommendations to improve access of victims to the courts and promote understanding of and uniformity in proceedings and pleadings involving domestic abuse.
As a circuit judge, she served the Conference of Circuit Court Judges as chair in 2006-2007, vice-chair in 2005-2006, and treasurer for three years. She is a member and past president of the William C. Keady American Inns of Court.
She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Prosecutor’s Association. Lamar was appointed to the Supreme Court on May 21, 2007, and was elected to an eight-year term in 2008. She did not seek re-election this year and will retire on Dec. 31.
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