December 2016

Jennifer Ann Urban (JD 2015, current LL.M. student) has joined Cozen O’Connor as an associate focusing on Trade and Transportation in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.


Matthew D. Shoemaker (JD 2009) married Alex Parker October 1, 2016.

 

 

November 2016

Arthur F. “Skipper” Jernigan, Jr. (JD 1974), a partner in the Ridgeland law firm of Jernigan Copeland & Anderson, was recently presented the University of Mississippi Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s Distinguished American Award. This award is presented to individuals who have set the standards for excellence in a life of service to the community. He was presented the award at the Ole Miss vs. Georgia Southern football game November 5, 2016.


Associate Justice James W. Kitchens (JD 1967) was recently reelected to serve on the Supreme Court of Mississippi.


Justice Dawn Henderson Beam (JD 1989) was recently elected for an 8-year term on the Supreme Court of Mississippi.


Judge David M. Ishee (JD 1989) will return for another 8-year term on the Court of Appeals of Mississippi.


Justice James D. Maxwell III (JD 2001) will return to the Supreme Court of Mississippi for an 8-year term.


Walter Alan Davis (JD 1994) and his wife Kari Kohne Davis announce the birth of their daughter, Kennedy Kincaid Davis, on November 10, 2016.


Patrick Nicholas Harkins, III (JD 1965) died November 7, 2016.


Albert Earl Elmore (JD 1979) died November 3, 2016.


Chester George Senf Jr. (LLB 1963) died November 8, 2016.


Tammra Cascio (JD 1995) was named Chair of the Business Law Section of the Mississippi Bar Association.


Rhonda Saul Evans (JD 1995) recently opened her own law office as a sole practitioner, The Law Office of Rhonda Saul Evans, PLLC in Columbus, MS.


Tiffany Organ-Bowls (JD 2003) has been elected Superior Court Judge Office 34 in Kern County, California.


William Lowery (Bill) Sneed (JD 1970) died November 11, 2016.


Kristi Allen (JD 2002) has joined the Oxford Law Firm of Smith & Dobbs. She will be practicing in the areas of general civil law and criminal litigation.


Laci McCullouch Bonner (JD 2012) and Zachary Mori Bonner (JD 2009) announce the birth of their son, Bowen McCullouch Bonner, on October 16, 2016.


Nicole B. Jones (JD 2015) has joined the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate in their Birmingham office.


Alicia Netterville (JD 2015) has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate on the Construction and Litigation teams in the firm’s Jackson office.


Jamilla Espy (JD 2005) married Ryan Galloway November 19, 2016.


Audra Pressnell Lewis (JD 2005) and William Andrew “Drew” Lewis (JD 2008) announce the birth of their sixth child and fifth son, Thomas “Brooks”, on November 10, 2016.


Beverly Sanders Gates (JD 1999) is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC in Loveland, CO.


Frances “Liza” Carter Valentine (JD 2006) and Nelson Lee Valentine announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Booth Valentine on June 10, 2016 in New York, New York.

 

October 2016

G. Michael Warren II (JD 2004) has opened his own law practice, Warren Law, PLLC, in Jackson. It is primarily a criminal defense and personal injury practice.


Judge Robert N. Davis (former Professor) has been named Chief Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims.


Joshua Daniel Johnson (JD 2008) and his wife Carleen Keng Johnson announce the birth of their son, Joseph William on September 19, 2016.


Sherri M. Flowers-Billups (JD 1995) died October 4, 2016.


Meredith Messer Lackey (JD 1999) was recently elected by the Georgia Power Company Board of Directors as general counsel, senior Vice President, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company.


Col. Lee Thaggard (JD 1992) has been appointed as the first permanent military judge by the Mississippi National Guard.


John Milner (JD 1978) of Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC was recently elected as the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.


Tommie Cardin (JD 1986) was named a 2016 Alumni Fellow by Mississippi State University.


Roy D. Percy (JD 1996) was recently sworn in as United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi.


Frances Elizabeth “Liza” Carter Valentine (JD 2006) and Nelson Lee Valentine announce the birth of their daughter Elizabeth Booth Valentine born June 10, 2016 in New York, New York.


Jennifer Ann Urban (JD 2015, current LLM student) was chosen as the winner of the ABA Tort Trial Insurance Aviation and Space Law Committee’s Law/LL.M. Student Writing Competition for her paper on aviation cybersecurity, which she will present at the Committee’s conference in Washington D.C.


Edwin Spivey Gault (JD 1972) died October 30, 2016.

 

September 2016

Circuit Judge Andrew K. Howorth (JD 1987) was recently appointed to the Mississippi Bar Complaint Tribunal for a three-year term.


Daniel H. Sparks (JD 2008), sole practitioner in the Oxford law firm of Sparks Law Firm, PLLC., was recently appointed to the Mississippi Bar Complaint Tribunal for a three year term.


W. Scott Welch III (LL.B. 1964), senior counsel in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has been presented the Capital Area Bar Association’s Professionalism Award for 2016. Presented annually, the award is made to an attorney who consistently follows professional standards of practice, ethics, integrity, civility and courtesy.


C. Delbert Hosemann, Jr. (JD 1972), Mississippi’s Secretary of State, has been appointed to co-chair the Standing Committee on Securities for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) for 2016-17.


Shalon Love Wansley (JD 2007) and Christopher L. Wansley (JD 2008) announce the birth of their second daughter, Emery Camille Wansley, on August 30, 2016.


Evan N. Parrott (JD 2013) has joined Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. as an associate in its Mobile, Ala. office.


Justin Campbell (JD 2012) has been selected for the 2016-2017 class of the Nashville Bar Foundation’s Leadership Forum, a nine month professional development program.


Angela J. Grayson (JD 2001) is the founder of Precipice IP, PLLC, a strategic intellectual property consultancy and IP law services firm. Grayson is former in-house counsel at Pfizer, Eli Lilly, DuPont and Walmart. Her office is based in Bentonville, Ark.


Gay L. Polk-Payton (JD 1996) married Gregory A. White, Sr. on September 10, 2016.


Terris C. Harris (JD 1999) is a partner in the Jackson office of Campbell Guin LLC. He also holds an LL.M. in health law from Loyola University in Chicago.


Laura Dyer Johnson (JD 2005) and her husband Jeff announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra “Allie” Catherine, on September 4, 2016.


Katherine White (JD 2014) and Mike Anderson (JD 2014) were married on September 10, 2016. Katherine is the Assistant AD for Compliance at Fordham Athletics. Mike is Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at American Realty Capital in New York.


Judge V. Glenn Alderson (JD 1966) was recently honored for his fifty years of service to the Lafayette County Bar Association.


Peter Abide (JD 1986) was recently unanimously approved by the Biloxi City Council as the new City Attorney and Director of Legal Department effective October 1, 2016.


William C. “Bill” Smith, Jr. died September 11, 2016.


Edward J. “Ned” Currie, Jr., a shareholder with the law firm Currie Johnson & Myers, P.A. was recently honored by the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) with the group’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also re-elected to the Board of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) as a Senior Board member for 2016-2017.


J. Matthew Tyrone (JD 2006) wont the recent Mississippi Skeet State Championship Shoot. He is a member in the Jackson office of Watkins & Eager.


Jacqueline L. Smith (JD 1997) has opened her own law practice, J.L. Smith Law Office, in Greenville.


Norman B. Gillis, Jr. (LL.B. 1950) died September 15, 2016. Each year at Awards Day, he presented a plaque  to the first year law student with the highest GPA in the class. The award is in memory of his classmate, Fredrick P. Hamel, who passed away while they were in law school.


Samantha Davis Weathersbee (JD 2010) is serving as President of the Lafayette County Bar Association. She is the staff attorney for the 18th Chancery Court District and works for Judge Robert Whitwell in Oxford.


John Fletcher “Jay” Perry, III (JD 1997) was recently honored by the Starkville Foundation for Public Education and the Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District by being named to the school’s Hall of Fame. The award recognizes former students who have made significant contributions to society through community service and public education. Perry is the founding partner of Perry, Winfield and Wolfe, PA. He is also a broadcaster for the SEC Network.


Jared Foster Martin (JD 2010) and his wife Jessica Mosby Martin announce the birth of their first son, Henry Foster Martin, on September 21, 2016.


Myles E. Sharp (JD 2002) and Stephen W. Dummer (JD 2006) are two of three founding members of the Biloxi law firm Sharp, Dummer & Briggs, PLLC. It is a broad, full-service litigation practice.


Mac Kelly Collins (JD 1967) passed away on September 20, 2016.


Arthur F. “Skipper” Jernigan, Jr. (JD 1974) was recently nominated by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran to be the recipient of the “Angel in Adoption” Award. The program is sponsored by the nonprofit Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Jernigan, an attorney with the Jackson law firm of Jernigan Copeland & Anderson, PLLC, has practiced in the area of adoption for over 40 years.


T. Jack Riley (LL.B. 1961) died on September 21, 2016.


United States Magistrate S. Allan Alexander (JD 1978) recently retired after 22 years on the Bench for the Northern District of Mississippi.


David Elias Kihyet, Sr. (JD 1973) died September 22, 2016.


S. Trent Favre (JD 1999) has joined the Gulfport office of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.


J. Brian Jones (JD 2005) has been appointed to the position of Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration in the Jackson office.


Frederick T. Hoff, Jr. (JD 1981) has joined the Gulfport office of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A. He holds an LL.M. in Tax from NYU and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

 

August 2016

August 2016

Melissa Baria DiFatta (JD 2006) has been selected as General Counsel for Singing River Health System.


J. Brian Jones (JD 2005) and his wife, Rev. Anna Elise Fleming-Jones, announce the birth of their son, John Sebastian Jones, on July 25, 2016.


Kathryn R. McNair (JD 2010) married Robert Evans on July 26, 2016.


Kelly Pendergrass Hunter (JD 2002) has merged her law firm in Ocean Springs. Hunter Dubrow Attorneys at Law is concentrated in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, terminations and adoptions, and criminal law.


Allison Korn (JD 2006) has accepted a position as a Clinical Director at UCLA Law.


Donald Butler Morrison (LLB 1960), of Flowood, MS, passed away on August 1, 2016.


James (Jimmie) Carpenter Crigler (LLB 1948),of Saint Joseph, LA, passed away on August 6, 2016.


H. Hunter Twiford, III (JD 1972) has authored the Mississippi chapter of a new book published by the American Bar Association (ABA). The two-volume Commercial Lending Law, Second Edition: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide of U.S. and Canada outlines applicable commercial lending law in all 50 states, and serves as a resource for lenders and attorneys negotiating or reviewing commercial lending laws outside of their own jurisdictions.


Anna Sweat Day (JD 2013) has been selected for the 2016-2017 class of Leadership Greater Jackson, a nine-month leadership development program sponsored by the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.


Michael Carr (JD 2005), Partner of the law firm Carr and Calderon, PLLC in Cleveland, MS, has been appointed by United States District Judge Debra Brown to serve as Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel Counsel for the Northern District of Mississippi. Carr will be one of the only nine attorneys serving the 37 counties which make up the Northern District of Mississippi.


Jimmy Heidelberg (JD 1977), managing partner at Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow, P.A., has been named to the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America in seven areas of law: appellate practice, environmental law, legal malpractice law – defendants, mass tort litigation/class actions-defendants, medical malpractice law – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants and professional malpractice law – defendants. Additionally, Heidelberg was recognized as the 2017 Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” for the area.


William H. “Bill” Liston (LL.B. 1958) died August 10, 2016.


Melissa Minshew Graves (JD 2007, PH.D. 2016) is an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice Department at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston. She and her husband, Matthew, are the parents of ten-month-old Nora.


Carl S. Downing (LL.B. 1963) died August 15, 2016.


Robert G. Moore, Jr. (JD 2008) was recently elected Chairman of the Corinth Historic Preservation Commission. He has served on the Commission since 2013 and is an attorney at Moore Law Firm, PLLC in Corinth.


J. Richard Barry (JD 1979), senior partner in the Meridian law firm of Barry, Thaggard, May and Bailey, LLP, was named Board Chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health. He was first appointed to the Board in 2005 and served as vice chairman during fiscal year 2016. He is also president-elect of the Mississippi Bar Association.


James L. Pettis, III (JD 1983), has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017 in the field of Litigation and Controversy-Tax. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in a given community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

 

Bradley Rath (JD 2000) has been named a recipient of the 2016 Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Awards.


Joy Phillips (JD 1980) has been named the 2016 recipient of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Chairman of the Board’s Torchbearer Award.


Rebecca McGee Jolly (JD 2008) and Robert T. Jolly (JD 2006) announce the birth of their son, Winston Godbold Jolly, on August 22, 2016.


Jennifer Kimble (JD 2005) was recently selected as the new Director of Business Development for Prime Clerk in New York City.


Derek H. Moreton (JD 2000) is now an associate with the Oxford office of Harper Whitwell, PLLC.


Hal D. Miller, Jr. (LL.B. 1959) passed away August 24, 2016.


William B. Russell, Jr. (JD 2014) has joined the Jackson law firm of Wells Marble & Hurst as an associate. He will be concentrating his practice in the areas of wills, trusts and estates.


Stephen Owen Moore (JD 1971) passed away August 23, 2016.


John Milner (JD 1978) was recently elected as the Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.


John Butler Moss (JD 1983) passed away on August 25, 2016.


Tiffanee Wade-Henderson (JD 1998) was recently promoted to General Counsel Litigation in the Memphis Headquarters of International Paper Company.


John Kevin Cavender (JD 2001) was elected Executive Committee Chairman of the Marshall County, MS Republican Committee.


 

July 2016

July 2016

Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar (JD  1982), Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, was awarded the Chief Justice Award at the recent Mississippi Bar Association annual meeting. The award is presented to recognize an individual whose work has significantly improved the judicial system each year.  Lamar has 32 years of public service, with nine on the Supreme Court of Mississippi.


James McClure, Junior (LLB 1953) passed away on July 8, 2016. Mr. McClure had a very distinguished professional career which included service in the State Senate and the practice of law for many years in Sardis, MS. McClure was also elected President of the Ole Miss Alumni Association in 1985 and was inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame in 2007. Jim and his sister, Tupper McClure Lampton, established a lecture series at the Ole Miss Law School honoring their parents, one which has hosted many outstanding lecturers–including five U.S. Supreme Court Justices.


Gary W. Farabough (JD 1974), Senior Partner of the law firm of Pasley Farabough and Mouledoux in Oklahoma, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Southern Oklahoma Library System.


Sharon D. Gipson (JD 1999) joined Moore Law Group, PC and will be practicing in both the main office in Grenada and the satellite office in Holly Springs.


Alysson Mills (JD 2008), a partner in the litigation section of Fishman Haygood, has been named Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Louisiana State Bar Association. The award is given to a young lawyer who has made exceptional contributions to the legal profession and the community.


Kimberly S. Veirs (JD 2013) has joined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in the area of labor and employment.


Scott Welch (LL.B. 1964), senior counsel in Baker Donelson’s Jackson office, received the Capital Area Bar Association’s (CABA) 2016 Professionalism Award. The award recognizes the exemplary professional careers of lawyers in the Capital.


Joshua Rogers (JD 2004), trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and freelance writer, and his wife, Raquel, announce the birth of their third child, Isaiah, who was born in June of 2016.


George E. Read (JD 1990) married Cayce Dawson on July 1, 2016.


Jack Lawrence Ritter, Sr. (LL.B 1952) died July 8, 2016. Jack practiced law with Holcomb & Curtis and worked as an Independent Oil & Gas Lease Broker for over 40 years. Jack is survived by his wife, Judy Walters Ritter, and his children and grandchildren.


David R. Ragsdale (JD 1986) has recently opened a new practice in Dallas, TX, Ragsdale Law Firm. The firm will exclusively handle personal injury and wrongful death cases for plaintiffs.


Joseph N. Corsale, Jr. (JD 196), of Saratoga Springs, NY, passed away on July 8.


Jack Lawrence Ritter (LLB 1952), of Jackson, MS, passed away on July 8.


Bobby Gerald Perry (LLB 1960), of Southaven, passed away on July 30.


June 2016

June 2016

J. Trent Kelly (JD 1995), U.S. Representative, recently completed his first year serving the people of Mississippi’s First Congressional District.  Representative Kelly serves on both the Agriculture and Small Business committees.  Kelly is a former district attorney and current colonel and brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard.


Vivian Kimi Tozaki (JD 2008) married Dr. Keith Horton on April 1, 2016.


Matthew S. McKenzie (JD 2006) and his wife Leah announce the birth of their second daughter, Murphey, on May 7, 2015.  Their older daughter, Nora, is three.


Eric R. Price (JD 2006) and his wife, Monica Ruvinsky Price, announce the birth of their third child, Matthew Vincent, born July 12, 2016.  They have two older children, Elaina, 8, and Luke, 5.


Michael D. Herrin (JD 1990) married Joanna K. Wing on April 1, 2016.


Tonya K. Cammon (JD 1992) has been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation, an association of 818 attorneys across the state.  She was one of thirty attorneys invited to join the Foundation in May.  Cammon is a director in the Chattanooga law firm of Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison and practices in areas of health care, employment, and commercial transactions and litigation.


Wendy Huff Ellard (JD 2007), an associate at Baker Donelson’s Jackson office, was recently awarded the Outstanding Service Award  by the Capital Area Bar Association for her leadership in chairing the association’s Women’s Initiative Committee and for her work assisting the Mississippi Women’s Economic  Security Initiative.  She has extensive experience in the areas of state public policy and disaster recovery.


Dinetia Newman (JD 1989), a partner with Bradley Jackson, has been selected to join the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Fellows Class of 2016. AHLA’s Fellows Program was established in 2004 to recognize the organization’s lifelong leaders and to provide a forum that allows former volunteer leaders to remain active in AHLA. Only a small percentage of AHLA’s members are selected for a fellowship. Ms. Newman and ten other fellows will be formally recognized during AHLA’s Annual Meeting held in Denver in June.


Lillous Ann Shoemaker (JD 2001) has been promoted to President of Magnolia State Bank. She previously served as general counsel and compliance officer for the bank.  Admitted to practice in Mississippi, Florida, Connecticut and New York, Shoemaker holds an LL.M in Taxation from NYU.


Stanley Frank “Sandy” Stater III (JD 1974) died June 2, 2016. Sandy Stater practiced law in Canton, MS. He was appointed and served as the Municipal Judge for the City of Canton and later for the town of Flora. Stater was a faculty member of the National Judicial College and the Mississippi Judicial College. He also served as President of the Mississippi Judges Association. He is survived by his wife, Edith; daughters, Stacey and Elena; and his sister, Georgia Stater of Germantown, TN.


M. Kemmerly Thomas (JD 1991) of Tallahassee was recently named as a judge on the First District Court of Appeal in Florida by Governor Rick Scott.  She will be the fourth female judge on the 15-judge court.  Thomas most recently has been a partner at McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver, Stern & Thomas.


William Coleman Callender (JD 1966), of Columbia, MS, passed away on June 3.


Charles H. Scruggs III (LLB 1964), of Tampa, FL, passed away on June 5.


Roger Wayne Woodall (JD 1981), of Gulfport, MS, passed away on June 7.


Charles William Cook Sr. (LLB 1964), of Bruce, MS, passed away on June 10.


Irwin Gerald Waterman (LLB 1948), of Louisville, KY, passed away on June 19.


Justin Lamar Cox (LLB 1962), of Madison, MS, passed away on June 11.


May 2016

May 2016

John Barringer (JD 94) is partner in the Nashville law firm of Manier and Herod, where his practice is concentrated on workers compensation defense.  Married with two children (one at Ole Miss), he still finds time to write and play guitar!


Shelly Mott Bass (JD 10) was recently named Senior Counsel at the Jackson office of Entergy Services Incorporated (ESI).


Kimberly L. Campbell (JD 2001) has been appointed state director of AARP.  She stepped down from her seat representing District 72 in the Mississippi House of Representatives to assume this position.


Michael S. Carr (JD 06) has recently opened a new practice in Cleveland, MS, Carr Calderon, PLLC.  The firm will handle a variety of matters, including governmental liability and risk management, insurance defense and corporate defense.


Tammra Cascio (JD 95) was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation during the 2016 annual meeting.   She was recognized by her colleagues for outstanding legal ability and devotion to the public and the profession.  Cascio is an attorney with the firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow.


Ernest R. Duff (LL.B. 1955) died May 27, 2016.


Carolyn Dyer Christoffersen (JD 05) and her husband Marcus announce the birth of their fourth son, Elijah Gibson, on May 17, 2016.


John C. Cox (JD 99) married Ashley Neal on April 30, 2016.


Wendy Huff Ellard (JD 07), an associate in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, recently was presented with the Outstanding Service Award by the Capital Area Bar Association for her exceptional service to the Association.


Amy Kebert Elder (JD 1998), member of Baker Donelson’s Gaming Practice Group and Commercial Transactions & Business Counseling Group in the Jackson office, has been elected shareholder.


Judge Marcus D. Gordon (LL.B.), died May 26, 2016. At the time of Judge Gordon’s retirement in March of this year, he was the longest serving trial judge in the state.


Ben Griffith (JD 75) has been elected as an officer on the state and local government law section of the ABA’s Board of Governors.


Daniel J. “Danny” Griffith (JD 89) has joined the Cleveland practice of Jacks Luciano.  The firm will now be called Jacks Griffith Luciano.  Griffith brings to the firm his experience in all facets of the jaw but particular expertise in defense of public entities including municipalities, police departments and officers, and supervisors and public school officials and employees.


Claire Cowart Haltom (JD 08), a member of Baker Donelson’s Nashville office, was recently elected shareholder.  She is a member of the firm’s Health Law Group, and concentrates her practice on legal, regulatory and business issues related to health care services.


Arthur F. “Skip” Jernigan, Jr. (JD 74), partner at the Ridgeland law firm of Jernigan Copeland & Anderson, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Baptist Health Systems.  Jernigan has served on the Board for nine years.


Former Chancellor Robert C. Khayat (JD 66) was presented an honorary doctorate degree by Tougaloo College at their May commencement service.


Kenneth D. McLean (JD 02) and his wife Betsy announce the birth of their third son, Michael Austin, on May 12, 2016.


Kristie L. Metcalfe (JD 2010) was elected to a 3-year term on MUW’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.  She currently serves as an attorney for the Mississippi State Senate.


Andrew M. Newcomb (JD 03) and J. Howard Thigpen (JD 1999), partners with Finger, Newcomb & Thigpen in Evergreen, CO, have opened a satellite office of the firm in Gulfport.  The practice is primarily a plaintiff’s litigation firm.


Brandon L. Newman (JD 2006) died May 21, 2016.


Erin E. Pridgen (JD 2006) married Micah O. Briggs on May 29 2016.


Bradford L. Rigby (JD 98) was recently appointed District Attorney of the  Cordele Judicial Circuit by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.  Rigby previously served as the chief assistant district attorney; as a special assistant district attorney in the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia ; and as an assistant district attorney in the Tifton Judicial Circuit.


Jason L. Shelton (JD 1999), mayor of Tupelo, married Chelsea Rick on May 28, 2016.


Eugene C. Tullos (JD 1966) died May 24, 2016.


Robert Ferris Walker (JD 02) has earned a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US) credential from the International Asso. of Privacy Professionals, gaining him an understanding of privacy and data protection law and practice. Additionally, he has knowledge of jurisdictional laws, regulations and enforcement models.  This concentration focuses on the US private sector.  Walker is a shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson where he is a member of the firm’s Privacy and Information  Security Team.


Virginia Todd “Ginger” Weaver (JD 1996), member of Baker Donelson’s Real Estate and Finance Group in Jackson, has been elected shareholder.


Kyle Williams (JD 15) has joined Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC as an associate in the firm’s regulatory department.


Frank Collins Horton (LLB 1941), of Clinton, MS, died on May 4, 2016.


Ancil Liddell Cox, Jr. (LLB 1951), of Cleveland, MS, died May 18, 2016.


James Wilson Raley, Sr. (LLB 1948), of Mandeville, LA, died on May 18, 2016.


April 2016

April 2016

Retired Chancery Judge Sebe Dale Jr. (LL.B. 48), who served 42 years on the bench, died April 5, 2016, at his home in Columbia at the age of 94.


Amanda Brown Landry (JD 08) and her husband Jason announce the birth of their daughter, Kathryn Harding, March 28, 2016.


Robert Connor McAllister (JD 72) died April 5, 2016.


Jason L. Shelton (JD 99), Mayor  of Tupelo, was recently named Mississippi’s Under 40 Business Person of the Year 2016.


Landman “Landy” Teller, Jr. (JD 65) died April 15, 2016.


Vivian “Kimi” Tozaki (JD 08) married Dr. Keith Horton April 1, 2016.


March 2016

March 2016

John Moncrief “Monte” Bee (LL.B. 57) died March 11, 2016.


Lisa P. Binder (JD 80) member at Neal & Harwell, PLC, has been listed as a Family Mediator by meeting the requirements of Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31.  Binder has been with the firm since 2005.


Judge William H. “Bill” Bizzell (LL.B. 47) died March 12, 2016.


Frank P. Clark (JD 02 ) has joined Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC’s Chattanooga office.  Clark’s areas of practice include General Liability and Insurance Coverage and Defense.


Edward J. “Ned” Currie (JD 76) has been elected for membership in the American Law Institute.  The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.


Trey C. Dellinger (JD 96), a member of the Jackson office of Wells Marble & Hurst, has been selected chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the Madison County Business League & Foundation.


Judge Marcus D. Gordon (LL.B. 59) recently retired on March 4 as senior judge for the Eighth District Circuit Court. Appointed by Governor Cliff Finch on March 4, 1977, he was the longest serving trial judge in Mississippi.


S. Ray Hill III (JD 00) was recently appointed to the Oxford School District school board.  Hill is an attorney with the Oxford law firm of Clayton O’Donnell PLLC and was selected out of the five candidates who applied.


J. D. Johnson (JD 06) and his wife, Lauren Flegle Johnson, announce the birth of their daughter, Georgia Laine Johnson, on March 5, 2016.


Jason Loden (JD 00), an attorney at Thompson & Knight, has been selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® 2016 by Thomson Reuters.


Marjorie T. Matlock (JD 85) recently joined the Oxford law firm of Holcomb Dunbar Attorneys.  Matlock will lead the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Defense Group, as well as practice in the areas of general insurance defense and mediation and dispute resolution.


John David Pennebaker (JD 68) died March 9, 2016.


Stephen P. Wilson (JD 03) of Meridian has begun a solo practice, the Law Office of Stephen Wilson.  He will practice primarily in the areas of personal injury and family and criminal law.


February 2016

February 2016

Harry Roger Allen (LL.B. 59) died January 25, 2016.


David W. Baria (JD 90), partner in the Bay St. Louis office of Baria-Jones PLLC, has been selected to serve as leader of the minority party in the Mississippi House.  Baria is beginning his second term in the House after serving one term in the state Senate.


Michael S. Carr (JD 06), a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Griffith & Carr, has been elected to the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners.  This is a 3-year position for an attorney from the Eleventh Circuit Court District.


David F. Delgado (JD 00) and his wife, Mary, announce the birth of their third son, Francisco Ramon, on February 17, 2016.


John C. Elstad (JD 02) has joined Verrill Dana, LLP’s Litigation and Trial Group in Boston.  John assists clients with sophisticated commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy.


Philip Gunn (JD 89) has been re-elected to serve as the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives for the 2016-2020 term.


R. Gregg Mayer (JD 06) has been promoted to counsel in the litigation practice group in the Jackson office of Phelps Dunbar LLP.  His practice focuses on business litigation, tort claims, First Amendment protection and appeals.


Alfred “Al” Elliott Moreton III (LL.B. 61) died January 18, 2016.


S. Rhea Hudson Sheldon (JD 02) has been appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the new chancery court judge for Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties.  She previously was partner in the Purvis law firm of Sheldon & Parker, PLLC.


Kevin B. Smith (JD 95) has been promoted to Senior Vice President Senior Associate Counsel at the Tupelo Renasant Bank.  He is responsible for a variety of legal issues within the function of the bank’s general counsel office.


Larry A. Thompson (JD 68) Hollywood talent manager, film and Broadway producer, attorney, book packager, author, and motivational speaker will be inducted into the Personal Managers Hall of Fame announced Clinton Ford Billups Jr., President of the National Conference of Personal Managers (NCOPM), which recognizes outstanding careers in personal management and awards the highest recognition bestowed upon a personal manager.


January 2016

January 2016

Dawn Henderson Beam (JD 89) (graduated as Dawn Henderson Newman, I think) has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the Mississippi Supreme Court.


Justin M. Cobb (JD 01) was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the circuit court judge position for the 10th Circuit Court District. This district covers Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties.


David N. Duhe’ (JD 05) has been named partner in the Gulfport office of Balch & Bingham LLP.  His primary practice areas are business and energy law.


Amy Kebert Elder (JD 98), counsel in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson, has been elected to serve a second three-year term on the board of trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.


Former U.S. Attorney Jim M. Greenlee (JD 81) has been appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.


Rhonda Hayes-Ellis (JD 94) was recently sworn in as city court judge in Columbus.


Jimmy Heidelberg (JD 77) of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow in Pascagoula recently prevailed on behalf of Mississippi Windstorm Underwriting Association (MWUA) in a lawsuit filed against the organization by Greenwich Insurance Company. The decision means windpool customers will be less likely to see their wind insurance rates rise over the next two years.


Jay Hughes (JD 91), a practicing attorney in Oxford, was recently sworn in as state representative for District 12 in North Mississippi.


D. Sterling Kidd (JD 10) married KathrynRose Smith on December 19, 2015.


State Senator William F. Longwitz  (JD 03) has been appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the Madison County Court Judge.  District 25 covers parts of Madison, Ridgeland and NE Jackson.


T. K. Moffett (JD 79) has been appointed Chancery Court Judge of the First Judicial District.


Molly Jeffcoat Moody (JD 08) has been named a member at Watkins & Eager PLLC in Jackson.  She is a transactional attorney with experience with loan syndications and participation.


George M. Mitchell, Jr. (JD 75) of Eupora has been appointed by Governor Bryant as Circuit Court Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court District.


Nirav Patel (JD 09) and his wife Alpa announce birth of their daughter, Anjali, on December 20, 2015.


Edwin Lloyd “Win” Pittman, Jr. (JD 88) died January 2, 2015.


Joseph D. Songy (JD 10) was recently named Chief of Staff for Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, to begin January 13.  Songy has served as policy adviser, counsel and more recently as policy director for the Governor’s administration.


Kathleen Fitzgerald Treadwell (JD 02) was selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of family law for 2016.  Treadwell is an attorney with Pittman & Steele, PLLC in North Carolina.


Lindsay Green Watts (JD 05) was sworn in for her second term as assistant district attorney for the 15th Circuit Court District.


R. Quentin Whitwell, Jr. (JD 98) announces the formation of Whitwell & Associates PLLC.  The firm will be full service with business law and consulting experience and is based in Oxford.