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JIM HOOD — Much action is needed to address opioid addiction problem in Mississippi

Interprofessional collaboration is crucial to effectively curbing our state’s addiction to opioids and adequately addressing the impact of this crisis on our families. We not only urgently need more treatment facilities, we also must address neglected and orphaned children, education of our entire community, sentencing alternatives, and generally changing the approach in pain management. Opioids don’t pick their victims, so ...

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Butler Snow’s Hairston takes the philosophical approach

By NASH NUNNERY Tray Hairston isn’t your stereotypical attorney. The Jackson native is a student of continental philosophy and existentialism. From Socrates to Sartre, Hairston once took every course offered in the discipline at Tougaloo College and followed up with philosophy course work at Emory University, Brown, NYU and Millsaps College. An attorney with the Butler Snow law firm, Hairston ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers must decide on public defense overhaul

Mississippi’s Public Defender Task Force is gone. How the Legislature reacts next year to the task force’s final report will determine whether it’s forgotten. The group conducted an extensive study of how Mississippi provides lawyers to criminal defendants who can’t afford their own, detailing a rickety county-by-county system where low pay may incentivize public defenders in many counties to skimp ...

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Baker Donelson adds two associates in Jackson

Baker Donelson recently announced that it has added eight new associates across the Firm. The new associates and their primary areas of practice are: Jackson: Derrick S. Godfrey (Health Law) and R. Chris White (Advocacy) Tallahassee, Fla: Cody W. Short (Advocacy) Knoxville, Tenn.: Nicholas W. Diegel (Advocacy) Memphis: W. Preston Battle IV (New Litigator Group) Houston, Texas: Betty Q. Richmond ...

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Mitchell to serve on Mississippi Bar Association committee

Butler Snow announced that Benjamin L. Mitchell has been selected to serve a two-year term as a member at large on the executive committee of the intellectual property, entertainment and sports law section of the Mississippi Bar Association. The section’s purpose is to educate and inform members of the latest developments in a variety of intellectual property areas, including trademarks, ...

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Timothy M. Lupinacci elected as next chairman and CEO of Baker Donelson

LUPINACCI Baker Donelson has elected Timothy M. Lupinacci to serve as the Firm’s next chairman and chief executive officer. A shareholder in the Birmingham office of Baker Donelson, Mr. Lupinacci is chair of the Financial Services Department, a member of the Firm’s board of directors and former managing shareholder of the Birmingham office. He will assume the role of chairman ...

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Wisor named president of National Association of Bond Lawyers

Dee Wisor Butler Snow announced Dee P. Wisor has been elected president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) for the 2018-2019 year. Wisor’s term began Sept. 26 during the NABL’s annual Bond Attorneys’ Workshop. “We congratulate Dee on this significant appointment,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “Dee’s election to this position underscores his talent and ...

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Welch receives 2018 Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award

Maron Marvel attorney Colleen S. Welch (middle) has received the 2018 Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award from the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, in recognition of the pro bono legal service she donates to advance the legal needs of children. Welch is pictured with attorneys Jennie A. Eichelberger (left) and Tammra O. Cascio (right) at MVLP’s Pro Bono Reception ...

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