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Jones Walker attorneys in Mississippi ranked in Chambers USA 2020

Jones Walker LLP recently announced its top rankings in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA. The firm ranked regionally in 14 practices: Banking & Finance (Alabama, Louisiana); Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi); Construction (Georgia); Corporate/Commercial (Mississippi); Corporate/M&A (Louisiana); Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas (Louisiana); Environment (Louisiana); Gaming & Licensing (Louisiana); Healthcare (Louisiana); Labor & Employment (Louisiana); Litigation: General Commercial ...

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Auditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speeches

A nonprofit group caught up in an embezzlement scheme in Mississippi used federal welfare money to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million for multiple speaking engagements but Favre did not show up for the events, the state auditor said Monday. Details about payments to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. State ...

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Chambers USA 2020 ranks 44 Butler Snow attorneys and 15 categories

Butler Snow has announced Chambers USA 2020, the prestigious, independent legal industry referral guide, has ranked 44 of the firm’s attorneys as leaders in their fields. The firm has also been ranked in 15 categories. Chambers USA ranks the top attorneys and law firms across the United States. Rankings for individual attorneys are based on their practice area(s), and evaluation of ...

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Courts carry on, even in a pandemic

By LYNN LOFTON As in every facet of current life, the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the way the  state’s court system conducts business. Beginning in mid March, the Mississippi Supreme Court has issued emergency administrative orders pertaining to court operations, appropriate steps to protect public heath and safety, the release of pre-trial detainees, and authorization for  trial judges to delay ...

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LAW SCHOOLS — How are college closings impacting graduating lawyers and accountants?

By LISA MONTI Weeks before college students were set to graduate and enter the workforce to begin their careers, the pandemic upended the remainder of the school year and beyond. For students studying law and accounting in the state’s colleges and universities, classes were shifted online as campuses closed and students returned home. Administrators quickly adopted new grading systems and ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Working remotely during COVID-19:  Data security risks

With more employees working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic come increased data security risks. Phishing emails are the leading cause of business data breaches, and according to Google, scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about COVID-19 to Gmail users every day. So far, we have seen the following phishing emails specific to the COVID-19 pandemic: To sign up for ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — U.S. Supreme Court takes on Insanity

On March 23, 2020, while the average American pointed fingers over the spread of COVID-19 and reassessed his or her own mortality, a sequestered U.S. Supreme Court quietly released four opinions.  In keeping with the times and deviating from tradition, the opinions appeared only online rather than being first announced ceremoniously in a robed ritual. One opinion, Kahler v. Kansas ...

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Butler Snow’s Edney admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Butler Snow attorney Andrea La’Verne Edney has become a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The fellows were inducted before an audience of 561 during a ceremony at the college’s 2020 spring meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting, held March 5-8, had a total attendance of 679. “This is ...

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Prather, 1st woman Mississippi Supreme Court justice, dies

The first woman to serve as a Mississippi Supreme Court justice has died at the age of 88. Retired Justice Lenore Loving Prather died Saturday at her home in Columbus, according to a news release issued by the court Monday. Prather was appointed to the nine-member court in 1982 by then-Gov. William Winter. She was also the first woman to ...

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