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Cupples receives award from Mississippi Children’s Museum

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that Margaret Oertling Cupples, managing partner of the firm’s Jackson office, has received the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) Preston Myers Hays Award of Light for exemplary service to the museum. Cupples has served on the museum’s board of directors since 2015 and was board chair in 2017-2018. She now serves as chair of the ...

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Butler Snow ranked national Top 10 Bond Counsel Firm

Butler Snow announced that it has been ranked as a top 10 bond counsel firm nationally by the Thomson Reuters U.S. Municipals Review for the first quarter of 2019. The firm ranked eighth in the category. In addition, Butler Snow ranked seventh for disclosure counsel, 10th for negotiated bonds and 13th for competitive bonds. Thomson Reuters ranks firms in a ...

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Newman receives award for work with legal clinic

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has announced that Dinetia M. Newman, counsel in the firm’s Jackson office, has received the 2019 Deborah H. Bell Pro Bono Award from the Pro Bono Initiative (PBI) at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Newman, along with Kay Trapp, a retired litigator and All Saints’ parishioner, was recognized for their work helping to ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — 100 Federal Judges

On May 2, 2019, President Trump reached (and passed) the 100-judge mark of Article III federal judicial confirmations. Article III judges are appointed for life. The alarums and excursions surrounding the subpoena-feuds, Mueller Report, and U.S. Attorney General Barr’s testimony (and non-testimony) muted recognition of the judicial milestone. It took Trump 832 days (2.3 years) to place 100 federal judges ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Swapping a floating rate for a fixed rate

In the commercial loan world, pricing is frequently tied to a floating (variable) rate index, which places the risk of a rising interest rate squarely on the borrower.  Depending on the term and size of the loan, the underlying financial strength of a borrower, risk aversion, and soothsaying predictions about the direction of interest rates, a borrower might want to ...

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Mississippi: Police hunt killer of officer outside station

Police in Mississippi are looking for a gunman who approached a uniformed officer outside a Biloxi police station and shot him dead.Authorities say the man walked up to the Biloxi officer in the station’s parking lot Sunday night, shot him multiple times and then ran off. Firefighters rushed the officer down the street to a hospital emergency room, where he ...

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New tax law created one of the most challenging seasons ever faced

By BECKY GILLETTE mbj@msbusiness.com Early in the year, CPAs in Mississippi predicted that the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act of 2017, which ushered in some of the most major changes in U.S. income tax law seen in a long time, would not necessarily make filing a tax return easier. While the tax reforms benefited both large and small business, and ...

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Timothy M. Lupinacci becomes chairman and CEO of Baker Donelson

Timothy M. Lupinacci has assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer of Baker Donelson. Lupinacci, who was elected as the incoming chairman and CEO by the Firm’s board of directors in October 2018, assumes the role from Ben C. Adams, who has served as the Firm’s chairman and CEO for the last 16 years. Mr. Adams is remaining ...

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Reeves tears into Trump’s criticism of judiciary

“When politicians attack courts as ‘dangerous,’ ‘political,’ and guilty of ‘egregious overreach,’ you can hear the Klan’s lawyers, assailing officers of the court across the South. When leaders chastise people for merely ‘us[ing] the courts,’ you can hear the Citizens Council, hammering up the names of black petitioners in Yazoo City, [Mississippi],” Reeves said, quoting from the president’s tweets and other past ...

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