December 2015

H. Barber Boone (JD 06) has joined the Ridgeland office of Butler Snow as a member of the firm’s commercial litigation group.

Nathan Bosshardt (JD 15) has joined the Chattanooga, TN law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC in the firm’s labor and employment practice group.

C. Phillip Buffington (JD 84), partner in the Jackson office of Adams and Reese LLP and co-leader of the firm’s Banking and Finance Team, has been selected as a member of the University of Mississippi Banking and Finance Board.

Tammra O. Cascio (JD 95) was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of Directors for the Ole Miss Risk Management and Insurance Program.  In addition to being General Counsel for Gulf Guaranty Life Insurance Company, she is of counsel for Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow in their new Jackson office.

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David Chandler (JD 94) is the new Executive Director of The Division of Family and Children’s Services.

Walter A. Davis (JD 94) has been appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court as a new member of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions.  He is a partner in the Oxford law firm of Dunbar Davis PLLC.

C. Meade Hartfield (JD 06) has joined the Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP law firm as counsel in the financial services and litigation practice groups.  She will split her time between the firm’s Jackson and Birmingham offices.

Steven M. Hendrix (JD 87) has joined the Ridgeland office of Butler Snow with more than 28 years of experience in business transactions and corporate structuring  matters.

William Lee Hon (JD 90), Polk County Criminal District Attorney in Livingston, TX, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Texas Special Prosecution Unit.  This unit oversees all TDCJ prison-related prosecutions in Texas, along with the civil commitment of sexually violent offenders.

Robert C. Hutchison (JD 92) has joined Butler Snow in Jackson.  He has 23 years of transactional experience.

Michael C. McCabe, Jr. (JD 04) of Gulfport has been appointed to the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions by the Mississippi Supreme Court.  McCabe is a member of the Gulfport office of Butler Snow and is in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group.

Randy G. “Bubba” Pierce (JD 97) will step down from the Supreme Court of Mississippi in February 2016 to become director of the Mississippi Judicial College at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Samuel E. Scott ( LL.B. 61) died November 21, 2015.

Aaron Sisk (JD 03) has been appointed chief operating officer of Magnolia Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation and leading Mississippi-based Coordinated Care Organization.

Christopher J. Steiskal (JD 04) and his wife Temperance announce the birth of their second child, Lila Katherine, on November 19, 2015.

J. Carter Thompson (JD 84) is shareholder in the Jackson office of Baker Donelson and leader of the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Group.  Thompson has been appointed chairman of the Drug and Medical Device Committee of the Defense Research Institute and will serve a one-year term.

 Michael Casey Williamson (JD 13) has joined the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate.

November 2015

Tonya Kennedy Cammon (JD 92), an attorney with the Chattanooga firm Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., has been named a fellow of the Federal Bar Foundation.

Tammra Cascio (JD 95) was recently appointed to serve on the Advisory Board of the Ole Miss Risk Management and Insurance program. Cascio works in the firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow providing representation and consulting for public and private clients in practice areas of insurance and government relations.

Jessica M. Dupont (JD 06) has served as Special Counsel for Jackson County’s Board Attorney’s Office since 2013.  In August of 2015, she received her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama School of Law.

Amanda Glover Evans (JD 05) and her husband Jason announce the birth of their daughter, Annabelle Leigh Angelyn Evans, on November 6, 2015.

Robert Sharp Forster (JD 70) died November 12, 2015.

Kevin W. Frye (JD 05) was recently elected Supervisor of District 1, Oxford, MS.  He is a sole practitioner practicing as Kevin W. Frye PLLC.

G. Dewey Hembree III (JD 86) was listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Homer Lee Howie (LL.B. 49) died November 10, 2015.

J. P. “Jay” Hughes, Jr. (JD 91) was recently elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives for District 12.  He is senior partner in the Oxford law firm of Hughes Brown PLLC.

Nausead Lyvelle Stewart (JD 1970) died at Regency Hospital in Jackson, MS on November 10, 2015.  Stewart was the first African American law student to serve on the law journal.

H. Hunter Twiford III (JD 72) was listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Cory M. Williamson (JD 11) and his wife, McKenzie West Williamson, announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Michael, on November 5, 2015.

October 2015

Anne McNeely Barham (JD 10) married Manos Emanuel Adoniadis on May 16, 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

 Kasey Bryan (JD 08) and her husband Locke J. Bryan (MD 08) announce the birth of their daughter, Ouida Louise “Cricket” Bryan, on September 28, 2015.

 Mary Ann Strong Connell (JD 77) was inducted into the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame for 2015.  Connell practices law with Mayo Mallette PLLC in Oxford.

 Richard A. Courtney (JD 77), president of the Special Needs Alliance and principal in the Courtney Elder Law Associates section of Frascogna Courtney, PLLC, testified last month before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health in favor of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 670).

 Melissa Minshew Graves (JD 07) and her husband Matthew announce the birth of their daughter, Nora Blythe Graves, on October 13, 2015.

 Waverly Almon Harkins (JD 06) and her husband Michael announce the birth of their son, Walter Wade Harkins, on September 28, 2015.

 C. Meade Hartfield (JD 05) joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as counsel in the Financial Services and Litigation practice groups. She will split her time between the firm’s Birmingham and Jackson, Miss. offices.

 Joshua A. Hill (JD 09) and his wife Lauren announce the birth of their daughter, Catherine Anne, on September 22, 2015.

 John Milner (JD 78), an attorney in the Jackson-based office of Brunini, Grantham, Grower and Hewes, PLLC has been elected vice chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources.  Milner concentrates his practice in environmental law and litigation.  Following his year as vice chairman, he will service one year as chairman-elect and then one year as chairman of the Section.

 Kyle Richards (JD 13) was named assistant athletic director for compliance in September 2015.

 Karl Steinberger (JD 76) was recently re-appointed to the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.  He will serve a three-year term.

 James Matthew “Matt” Tyrone (JD 06), a member of the Jackson law firm of Watkins & Eager PLLC, took the silver award in the recent National Skeet Shooting World Championship held in San Antonio, TX.

 Keishunna Randall Webster (JD 06) and her husband Clarence Webster III (BA 2002) announce the birth of their daughter, Ilana Reed Webster, on October 8, 2015.

September 2015

J. Richard Barry (JD 79), senior partner in the Meridian law firm of Barry Palmer Thaggard May & Bailey LLP, has assumed the role of vice chairman of the Mississippi Board of Mental Health.

 Lilli Evans Bass (JD 08), Katrina Sandifer Brown (JD 05), and LaToya Tate Jeter (JD 06) founded and are partners in Brown Bass & Jeter, PLLC, a firm focusing on medical malpractice, personal injury, government law, bankruptcy, employment law and premises liability.

 William Dallas Bethea III (JD 78) died August 29, 2015.

 Edward J. “Ned” Currie, Jr., a shareholder in the Jackson office of Currie Johnson Griffin & Myers P.A., has been elected president for 2015-16 of the American College of Coverage and Extra Contractual Counsel.  This group is composed of preeminent  coverage and extra contractual counsel in the US and Canada.  They represent the interests of insurers and policyholders.  Currie is a founding regent of the college.

Charley Foster (JD 09) has joined the Helena, Montana office of the Silverman Law Office PLLC as senior attorney.  His practice includes estate planning, business law, real estate transactions, tax and liquor/gambling law.

 Stephen P. Huwe (JD 11) has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Legal Officer at Trustmark National Bank.  Huwe serves as Trust Risk Administrator II in the company’s corporate main office in Jackson.

 Mitchell M. Lundy, Sr. (LL.B in 51) died September 9, 2015.

 Jesse Mitchell III (JD 08), founding partner of The Mitchell Firm PLLC in Jackson, is a new board member for the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.  The Foundation is a non-profit organization created by and for the people of Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties to provide a donor with a powerful and highly personal approach to giving.

 Jason M. Payne (JD 08) and Jaklyn Wrigley (JD 11) announce the birth of their daughter, Finley Louise Payne, on September 1, 2015.

Brandy Faught Price (JD 01) and her husband Robert announce the birth of their fourth child, a son, Dowdle Box Price, on August 25, 2015.  They are also parents to daughter Rissie McVey, 7; and sons Rigsby, 5, and Smith, 2.

Charity Hilderbrandt Rohlfs (JD 05) and her husband Randy announce the birth of their third child, Walter Thomas Rohlfs, on September 15, 2015.

Brian W. Sanderson (JD 98) and his wife, Marie Thomas Sanderson, announce the birth of their daughter, Mary Victoria, on September 22, 2015.

August 2015

Walter H. Boone (JD 90) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham LLP as a partner and member of the Product Liability & Casualty Litigation Practice Group.

 Steve Brandon (JD 90) of has been appointed to Franchise Services of North America’s board of directors.

 John Chase Bryan (JD 92) has joined the Flowood law firm of Watson & Jones, P.A. as of Counsel.

Roy Campbell (JD 75) was named president of The Mississippi Bar.  Campbell is a partner in the firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP and was sworn in at the Mississippi Bar’s annual meeting on August 1, 2015.

Carl J. Chaney (JD 86) has joined JTS Capital Group, LLC as Vice Chairman focused on new loan acquisition sourcing and portfolio management.

John R. McCarroll III (JD 91) has been recognized by Best Lawyers® as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2016 in the area of Insurance Law.

Matt Harris (JD 99) has opened the Law Offices of Matthew Y. Harris, PLLC in New Albany.

 G. Dewey Hembree III (JD 86) was named Commercial Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.”  Hambree is with is with McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

Julie Sneed Herlihy (JD 84) has been named to Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 listing in the area of Litigation-Construction.

A. Kate Margolis (JD 99), of counsel in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Joseph D. Neyman, Jr. (JD 96) recently opened his own law practice in Hernando, Neyman Law Firm PLLC.  Neyman also serves as a municipal court judge for the City of Hernando.

Oliver Marvin Oates, Jr. (LL.B. 56) died August 17, 2015.

Judge Edward C. Prisock (LL.B. 65) died July 30, 2015.

Angela Spivey (JD 96) has been appointed as McGuireWoods’ LLP new office managing partner in charge of its Atlanta office.

Hunter Twiford III (JD 72) was named Jackson Litigation – Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year.”  Twiford is with McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.

Nathan A.Yow (JD 07) and Lauren Harrison Yow announce the birth of a daughter, Audrey Lauren, on August 4, 2015.

July 2015

Brad Best, (JD 95), managing partner of Holcomb Dunbar, Attorneys, was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  Election as a Fellow recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated the highest principles of the legal profession, and is limited to less than 1 percent of attorneys licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

 Chase Bradstreet, (JD 13), joined the Florence, Alabama firm of Potts & Young Attorneys, L.L.P.  Bradstreet helps clients in criminal defense, child custody, personal injury, US immigration and naturalization, and civil litigation.

Ottis B. Crocker, Jr. (LL.B. 62) died June 29, 2015.

Brad Davis (JD 04) has join the Jackson office of Jones Walker LLP as Special Counsel.

Mike Dunavant (JD 00), district attorney general of Tipton County, was elected to serve as Secretary of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference at its annual meeting. As District Attorney for the 25th Judicial District, General Dunavant serves Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties.

Charles E. Griffin (JD 87), an attorney in the Jackson office of Butler Snow LLP,  has been elected chairman of the Metro Jackson American Heart Association’s local board of directors.  Griffin practices commercial litigation and insurance defense with the firm.  He is also a Fellow of the ABA and the Litigation Counsel of America, as well as an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Russell Latino III (JD  06) was recently named the State Director for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Mississippi.  AEP is a political advocacy organization dedicated to the promotion of free market economics and realization of the American Dream.

Kate Margolis (JD 99) has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF). Election as a Fellow recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated the highest principles of the legal profession, and is limited to less than 1 percent of attorneys licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Doug Montague (JD 75) of Hattiesburg was elected as a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. He was inducted into membership at the foundation’s Annual Meeting and Fellows Induction Ceremony held in April at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

W. Ellis Pittman (JD 95) died June 26, 2015.

June 2015

Karl Bauchmoyer (JD 06) and his wife April announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Rose, on June 10, 2015.

Carter Burns (JD 05), senior attorney for the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Right-of-Way Division, was recently selected by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 Under 40.

Michael S. Carr (JD 06) and his wife Kelli Davis Carr announce the birth of a son, William Henry, on June 1, 2015.

Brad Davis (04) has joined Jones Walker’s Jackson, Mississippi office. Davis will join as special counsel and a member of the firm’s Public Finance team. His practice will focus on state and local government financing transactions for municipalities, counties, school districts, universities, community colleges, utility districts, and special use districts.

Daniel Egger (JD 06) was recently selected as the new assistant counsel for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Egger joins ERDC from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District, where he served three years as a contract litigation attorney.

Sara Falkinham Maxwell (JD 95) recently accepted a position in Los Angeles with Citibank affiliate, Banamex USA, where she has responsibility for Retail, Credit Card, and Regulatory matters.  She was formerly Retail Counsel at MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City, the second-largest privately held bank in the United States.  Her son Jack is starting medical school at the University of Oklahoma in the fall and her daughter India will be a senior at OU.  Sara’s daughter Adair graduated from San Francisco University High School in May and will join the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics team in September on a full-ride scholarship.  Youngest daughter Gracey will be a sophomore at Marymount High School in Los Angeles.

John C. McLaurin, Jr. (JD 76) was recently appointed Rankin County Chancery Judge by Gov. Phil Bryant.  McLaurin has practiced law with McLaurin and McLaurin since graduating from law school.

Chester George Senf, Jr. (LL.B. 63)  is being honored by the Florida Bar for his 50 years to the practice of law on June 26 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

Karl Steinberger (JD 76) was recently named as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Steinberger is a shareholder and vice president of the Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer and Burrow.

G. Michael Warren II (JD 04) married Rashida Redmond on May 23, 2015.

May 2015

Reuben Anderson (JD 67), a senior partner in the Jackson office of Phelps Dunbar, LLP, has received one of two “Legacy of Leadership Awards” from the Magnolia Bar Association for his stellar legal career.  This award is “presented to a member of the MBA who is over the age of fifty years and has made invaluable contributions not only to the MBA, but to the State of Mississippi and those citizens who are unable to speak for themselves and/or afford attorneys to represent them in matters that affect their basic rights.”

Circuit Judge Robert W. Bailey (JD 71) of Meridian will retire from the bench on June 30, 2015.  He has served more than 27 years for the 10th Circuit District.

John A. Banahan (JD 80), a member of the Pascagoula law firm of Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan, was recently elected as a Fellow to the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Ahsaki Baptist (JD  07), a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, will assume the role of vice president for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division in June 2015, and will serve as president starting in June 2017.

Jennifer Hale Brunetti (JD 02) married J. B. Lowrie on March 21, 2015.

Roger Bryles (JD 91) has been promoted to Vice President, Trust Client Adviser, for Arvest Asset Management at the Arvest bank in Fayetteville, AR.  He and his wife, Mary Jane Meadows Bryles, have two daughters, Sophie and Lily.

Shaun R. Cade (JD 03) and his wife, Wendy Porter Cade, announce the birth of their son, Thomas Alvah Cade, on March 25, 2015.  He is an associate in the Atlanta office of Morse & Edwards.

Geoffrey F. Calderaro (JD 14) has joined the Oxford law firm of Holcomb Dunbar in its litigation and insurance defense team.

Michael S. Carr (JD 2006) is now a partner in the Clarksdale firm of Griffith & Carr.

Jabrina Nicole Clayton (JD 12) married Marcus Eugene Edwards in early April 2015.  She is an attorney with Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc. in Shreveport, LA.

Meredith Edwards Collins (JD 09) has joined the Adams and Reese, LLP, Nashville office as an Associate. Collins was formerly with Bass Berry & Sims and has been practicing law in Nashville for six years in entertainment, health care, and business transactions.

Matthew R. Dowd (JD 05), a products liability attorney, has joined the Jackson office of Adams and Reese as special counsel.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has announced that David Duhe’ (JD 05) has been appointed to its Board of Directors for 2015.  Duhe’ is an associate in the Gulfport office of Balch and Bingham, LLP.

S. Gray Edmondson (JD 2000) was recently appointed to serve as Trustee on the Oxford School Board for a five-year term that began March 2015.  A tax and business attorney with the Barnes Law Firm in Oxford, Edmondson is married to Macey Gray Edmondson (JD 2001) and they have two sons in the school district.

David B. Ellis (JD 08) was recently named shareholder in the Jackson firm of Mockbee Hall & Drake, PA.

Judge Daniel H. Fairly (JD 81) died April 3, 2015.

Taylor Farrell (JD 03) is Special Counsel for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC. He recently completed a detail as White House Deputy Associate Counsel for Presidential Personnel.  A part-time songwriter, Farrell has released two alums.

Tim Ford (JD 77) died February 27, 2015.  Upon his retirement from the Mississippi Legislature in 2004, he was the longest then-serving Speaker of the House in the United States.

Thomas Henry “Tom” Freeland IV (JD 81) died February 21, 2015.

Julie Jarrell Gresham (JD 01), an attorney in the Law Department at Huntington Ingalls Industry in Pascagoula, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for 2015 for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Ellie Griffith (JD 07) is a member of the Chattanooga, TN law firm of Geirhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, PLLC.

Elizabeth Ross Hadley (JD 99) was recently elevated to Of Counsel in the Greenberg Traurig, LLP office of Austin, TX.  She is a member of the firm’s Government Law and Policy Practice.

Lawrence E. Hahn (JD 191), a partner in the Columbia law firm of McNeese & Hahn, PLLC, has been named as a new director to the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation, a charitable group established to support non-profit organizations, churches and schools in the region.

L. Eades Hogue (JD 69) has joined McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC as Of Counsel in the firm’s New Orleans office.

Marc Harrold (JD 00) married Sarah Pacheco on March 13, 2015.

Al Hopkins (JD 65), senior partner at Hopkins, Barvie & Hopkins, P.L.L.C. in Gulfport, has been appointed to the Mississippi Gaming Commission.

James “J.D.” Johnson (JD 06) is a participating associate in the Gulfport office of Brown Sims.  He was recently selected to the Mississippi Bar’s Leadership Forum in 2015.  The forum will allow him to gain skills, knowledge and leadership qualities to better serve the profession and community.

Jason N. King (JD 08) was recently named partner in the Murfreesboro, TN law firm of Kious, Rodgers, Barger, Holder & Kious, PLLC.

Ellie Griffith LaPorte (JD 07) and her husband Jotham announce the birth of a son, Andrew “Drew” David LaPorte on February 22, 2015.  They also have a daughter, Avery.

Angela L. Cooner (Long) (JD 91) was promoted to Senior Vice-President, General Counsel of Alfa Insurance Companies in Montgomery, Alabama.

Brian McCuller (JD 93) has been promoted to partner-in-charge of the Brentwood, TN office of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain’s state and local law practice.  LBMC is an accounting an business consulting firm.  In addition to his law degree, McCuller is a certified public accountant.

Bradley R. McDill (JD 06) has joined the Jackson law office of Hubbard, Mitchell, Williams & Strain, PLLC as a member.  Licensed in Missouri and Illinois in addition to Mississippi, he has experience in the area of general litigation.

Edward “Russ” McNees (JD 06) has been named partner in the Oxford office of Holcomb Dunbar.  His practice is focused in the area of insurance defense.

Ryan Miller (JD 08) and his wife, Erin Findley Miller, announce the birth of a son, Max Ryan Miller, on March 16, 2015.  They have two older daughters, Shirley Cate, 4, and Gracie, 2.

Luke Neder (JD 09) has joined the Chattanooga, TN law firm of Dale, Buchanan and Associates.  He practices in the areas of personal injury, product liability, workers’ compensatation and social security disability.

Scott W. Pedigo (JD 97) has been named managing shareholder for the Jackson office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.  He will continue his litigation practice where he represents manufacturing and commercial clients in the areas of employment, consumer products liability and commercial litigation matters.

Casey C. Pace (JD 72) died February 15, 2015.

Gary C. Rikard (JD 1994) has been appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

Jason R. Savarese (JD 04) was selected for the Mississippi Bar’s Leadership Forum in 2015.  This forum will allow him to gain skills, knowledge and leadership qualities to better serve the profession and community.  He is a member of the Gulfport firm of Dummer, Lowery & Savarese, PLLC.

Amber Griffin Shaw (JD 07) and her husband Nicholas Austin Shaw, announce the birth of a daughter, Harper Elizabeth Shaw, on March 23, 2015.

Christopher R. Shaw (JD 01) has joined Entergy MS Inc. in their Legal Department’s litigation section in Jackson.

W. Thomas Siler, Jr. (JD 83) serves as managing partner for Phelps Dunbar in their Jackson office and as regional practice coordinator for the firm’s labor and employment group.  Siler was recently inducted as a fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

G. Austin Stewart (JD 07), a products liability attorney, has joined the Jackson office of Adams and Reese as an associate.

Christian J. Strickland (JD 13) has recently joined the Biloxi office of Schwartz, Orgler and Jordan as an associate.

Nicholas K. Thompson (JD 09) was recently appointed municipal attorney for the City of Poplarville.  A former law clerk to Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller, Jr., Thompson is an associate in the Hattiesburg office of Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush.

E. Russell “Rusty” Turner (JD 94) died April 4, 2015.

Paul B. Watkins, Jr. (JD 06) and his wife Jessica Rinehart Watkins (BAE 03) announce the birth of a son, William Townes Watkins, on April 20, 2015.  They have two older daughters, Lillie, 5, and Grier, 1.

Charles R. “Chip” Wilbanks, Jr. (JD 86), a products liability attorney, has joined the Jackson office of Adams and Reese as special counsel.

Lampton O. Williams (LLD 42) died April 14, 2015.

Michael Paul “Mike” Younger (JD 78) died February 9, 2015.

January 2015

Julie L. Howell (JD 10) has been appointed Assistant District Attorney for the Third Circuit of the State of Mississippi in the Oxford office.

Ahsaki E. Baptist (JD 07) has become a partner in the regional law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP.  Ms. Baptist concentrates her legal practice in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial real estate and is a member of the law firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Team.

Brent Cole (JD 12 ) has joined the Jackson office as an associate in Baker Donelson’s Advocacy Group. Prior to attending law school, Cole worked as a commercial insurance underwriter and broker in the excess and surplus lines market.

Richard “Richie” M. Edmonson, Jr. (JD 88) died January 15, 2015.

Judge Kelly Luther (JD 89) took the oath of office in a ceremony on January 6th at the Tippah County Courthouse.  Judge Luther will succeed Judge Robert W. Elliott, who served for eight years on the bench.

Jim Roberts (JD 71), Circuit Court Judge for Mississippi’s First District, was presented the 2014 Distinguished Jurist Award by Mississippi State University’s Pre-Law Society and Department of Political Science and Public Administration.