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Jones Walker adds partners

Jones Walker LLP announced today the expansion of its national construction practice with the addition of six new attorneys. Partners Joseph P. Henner, Neal J. Sweeney, and Chad V. Theriot together with Special Counsel attorneys Karen E. Bain, Jennifer S. Lowndes, and Tyler P. Scarbrough join the firm’s Atlanta office as members of the Construction Practice Team. Henner has more ...

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Johnson new policy director

Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a 501(c)(3) financial development and lending partner of Southern Bancorp, has hired Jennifer Johnson as its new Director of Public Policy. Johnson will lead Southern’s efforts to create economic opportunities in underserved communities by advocating for public policies that encourage low-income families to build net worth and develop strong financial foundations. A Mississippi native and practicing ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: The UCC, secured transactions & personal property liens

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) has swayed many a law student to question a future career in business law.  A semester of UCC law, using a small font, 3-inch thick textbook chock-full of tedious definitions and mind-numbing concepts, bores even an otherwise indefatigable accounting grad.  Our topic is limited to secured transactions. BACKGROUND.  A smidgen of background information on the ...

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Center for Justice suit claims Ridgeland seeks to cleanse SE Ridgeland of minorities

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law organization, has added a 38-page lawsuit to a stack of suits against the City of Ridgeland over a 2014 zoning ordinance that targets multi-family rental complexes. Joined by multi-state private law firm Venable LLP, the Center filed suit Friday in federal court in Jackson alleging that Ridgeland violated the ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — Justice Scalia’s last stop in Mississippi

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia, a sedulous conservative jurist, passed away on February 13, 2016.  As a recipient of appointments from Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, he served as a federal employee for 40 years, the last 10,732 days on the nation’s top court. While Scalia’s easily cartoon-caricatured physique bolstered his notoriety, it was the life-tenured Article ...

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One Eastover Center gains Cosmich Simmons & Brown as tenant

Jackson civil litigation firm Cosmich Simmons & Brown has leased 12,000 square feet at One Eastover Center, a 120,000 square foot office building set to open next month in the District at Eastover mixed-use development. Cosmich Simmons & Brown will occupy the second floor of the five-story office building along Eastover Drive and the I-55 Frontage Road. “We believe the ...

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Walter Johnson named to Academy

Walter T. Johnson of Watkins & Eager PLLC been named to The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Membership is by invitation only and limited to attorney mediators and arbitrators who have proven experience in civil and commercial conflict resolution, and are committed to methods of alternative dispute resolution. Johnson is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a ...

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Jim Letten named to panel

Jim Letten — a former U.S. Attorney who recently joined Butler Snow’s New Orleans office as of counsel — has been named co-chair of the American Bar Association criminal justice section crime committee’s computer crime, intellectual property and trade secrets sub-committee. Letten was appointed U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2005 and asked to retain the position by ...

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Tulane appoints Baxter

Tulane University’s School of Continuing Studies Madison Campus has appointment of Mary Lib Baxter to serve as the Director of the Paralegal Studies Program, which was recently launched. Baxter, who was born and raised in Mobile, Ala., received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and earned a Juris Doctorate ...

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