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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

The Jackson law firm was established in 1871 and is now one of the largest firms in the Southeast. In addition to Mississippi offices, the firm has locations in North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. The international firm, with more than 370 attorneys, is ranked in the top 25 percent in the BTI Client Relationship 100, which ranks firms ...

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Wells Marble & Hurst

With a history that dates to 1871, Wells Marble & Hurst is one of Mississippi’s largest law firms. The firm lists 32 attorneys on its web site. In 2009, it was named one of the best places to work in the state by the Mississippi Business Journal. Also that year, the firm was among 69 law firms across the nation ...

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Ridgeland firm educates lenders on details

Program goal to educate and provide networking opportunities between developers, development entities and lenders The Ridgeland law firm Butler Snow recently hosted a seminar aimed at educating lenders, developers and investors and community representatives on the advantages of the New Markets Tax Credit Program. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program aids development in low-income communities by providing a tax ...

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Newer programs, credits available

New homeowner credits are still available for longtime homeowners As taxpayers prepare to meet the looming April 15 deadline to file 2009 income tax returns, one accountant provided insight to newer programs and credits available this year. Becky Covington, a tax partner with Haddox, Reid, Burkes and Calhoun in Jackson, said there are several programs taxpayers should be aware of. ...

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Graves remains passionate about children

    Tiffany Graves is an associate at the Jackson firm Watkins & Eager, PLLC, where she works as a corporate employer litigator and counselor, but she remains passionate about the state’s underserved children.   Graves, who grew up in Winchester, Va., and obtained her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, came to Mississippi as the ...

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Task force tackles bad law practice

Bar’s task force that deals with complaints and issues regarding the unauthorized practice of law   The Mississippi Bar Association has created a task force to handle issues surrounding the unauthorized practice of law in the state. The task force is an extension of the bar’s existing committee, formed in the early 1980s, that deals with complaints and issues regarding ...

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Funding an issue for judiciary

There’s a $6.5-million difference between what the judiciary requested the appropriation recommended   A funding deficit and increased expenses are a concern this year for the Mississippi judiciary, but the chief justice hopes the funding issues can be addressed during the coming legislative session. For fiscal year 2011, there’s a $6.5-million difference between what the judiciary requested to operate and ...

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Getting tough on child support

Colorado law that eyes gaming and delinquent child support payments getting attention in Mississippi   A recent law enacted in Colorado requires casinos to screen winners of more than $1,200 to see if they owe child support, and some in Mississippi said a similar law would be a boon for the state. In the law’s first year, more than $600,000 ...

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McVaugh gets back to her roots

Lawyer says job is a good fit for family and her professional future   Moving back to Greenville was a homecoming for Stephanie McVaugh, both in the relocation to her hometown and her acceptance as an associate at Lake Tindall. McVaugh’s family moved to Greenville when she was a toddler, and she attended Washington School before getting her bachelor’s degree ...

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Questions remain about ARRA funds

Training sessions draw government officials   Funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) continues to roll into Mississippi, and questions remain about how entities approved for stimulus money are to account for the federal money. In many cases, there simply are no easy answers. “Fluid” and “changing paradigm” is how State Auditor Stacey Pickering describes compliance requirements under ...

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