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Denise Owens

 JUDICIAL EDUCATION:

  • National Judicial College, Reno, NV
    • General Jurisdiction I & II
    • Advanced Evidence
    • Legal Writing
    • Essential Judicial Skills
    • Trial Management
    • Law and Literature
  • Law and Economics Institute, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • American Institute for Justice, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

 EMPLOYMENT:

  • Chancery Court Judge
    • Hinds County Chancery Court, Jackson, Mississippi; 1989-present
  • Associate Professor, Paralegal Technology
    • Hinds Community College, Jackson, Mississippi; 1995-present
  • Associate Professor, Pre-Law Society
    • Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi; 1995-present
  • Managing Attorney and Partner
    • Owens Law Firm, Jackson, Mississippi; 1983-1989
  • Assistant City Prosecutor
    • City of Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi; 1983-1989
  • Staff Attorney
    • Central MS Legal Services, Jackson, Mississippi; 1979-1983
  • Associate Professor Criminology & Political Science
    • Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi; 1978
  • Law Clerk
    • Legal Services of the Elderly, Washington, D.C.; 1977-1979
  • Office Clerk
    • Emergency Land Fund, Jackson, Mississippi; 1966

 TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Jackson State University, Business Law
  • Tougaloo College, Legal Writing, Criminology and Constitutional Law
  • Hinds Community College, Legal Writing, Real Property, and Wills & Estates

 PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Mississippi Bar Association
    • Gender Bias Task Force, Organizational Member
    • Race & Ethics Bias Task Force
    • Delivery of Legal Services Committee, Vice Chair
    • Family Law Section, Organizational Member
    • 1999 & 2000 Law School Professionalism
    • Orientation Program, Facilitator
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Pro Se Task Force
  • American Bar Association, Judicial Division
  • American Trial Lawyers, Judicial Division
  • National Bar Association, Judicial Division
  • Magnolia Bar Association
    • Judicial Council, President
    • Law Students Symposium, Coordinator
    • Girls Law Camp, Coordinator/Founder
  • Mississippi Conference of Chancery Court Judges
    • President, 2000-2002
    • Program Chairperson/Vice-Chair, 1998-2000
    • Secretary, 1996-1998
  • Catholic Charities, Board Member, 1990-1992
  • Jackson Chapter, Links, Inc., Services to Stewpot
    • Community Services Shelter (Sims House)
    • Bone Marrow/Blood Drive
  • Hinds County Bar Association, Peoples Law School
  • Mississippi Equal Justice Summit, Co-Chair
  • Legal Services State Planning Body, Program Chairperson
  • County Foundation of Greater Jackson, Board Member
  • Co-Chairperson Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, 2007-present

 RECOGNITION AND AWARDS:

  • 2010 Chief Justice Award from the Mississippi Supreme Court
  • 2010 Tougaloo College Meritorious Leadership Award
  • 2009 Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Pioneer Award
  • 2008 Champions of Justice Award, Mississippi Center for Justice
  • 2006 Hinds County Bar Association Judicial Innovation Award
  • 2006 National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO)
  • 2003 Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Association Award
  • 2002 Magnolia Bar Association Government Service Award