Gerianne Kelly Benjamin (JD 1994) died February 3, 2018.
Henry A. Lawrence III (JD 2014) is an attorney in the Birmingham office of Wettermark Keith in their litigation practice.
Casey Amborn Creasey (JD 2005) has been named Executive Director of the Greater Belhaven Foundation in Jackson. She has been serving in an interim capacity.
P. Halbert “Hal” Neilson (JD 1987) has been appointed as the Municipal Judge for the City of Oxford. He is a retired FBI agent who has been practicing in Oxford.
Jennifer Leigh Hawks (JD 2004) serves as Associate General Counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in McLean, VA. She was ordained by McLain Baptist Church on March 4, 2018.
Powell G. Ogletree, Jr. (JD 1980), a partner at Adams and Reese, LLP in their Jackson office, has been nominated by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve a 9-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Ogletree is admitted to practice in both Alabama and Mississippi.
USAF Major Jennifer Dell Mullins (JD 2004) has been assigned to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland beginning July 1. She will be working for the Medical Law branch at Air Force Legal Operation Agency’s Civil Law and Torts Claim Directorate. Major Mullins is currently stationed at Barksdale AFB.
Kye C. Handy (JD 2015) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham. She is working in their Litigation practice.
Leigh Ann Key (JD 1991) has been elected to the Mississippi Bar Board of Commissioners, the governing body of the Mississippi Bar which has more than 10,000 members. She will represent the Tenth Circuit Court District. Key is a sole practitioner in Meridian.
Robert B. “Bo” White III (JD 1999) is now the Director of State and Local Tax at the firm of Citrin Cooperman in their Philadelphia, PA office. He is in charge of their state and local tax practice.
Lawrence Coco (JD 2001) has been named Head of School by the Board of Trustees at Jackson Preparatory School. A graduate of Prep himself, he worked there as a teacher, assistant principal, and football and track coach. He began practicing law in 2001 and will be leaving his law practice at McCraney, Coco & Lee, PLLC to begin his new position.
Hugh Tanner (JD 1985) has joined the Houston, TX law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP as a partner. He also serves as Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors.
Rev. Samuel B. Godfrey (JD 1983) of Vicksburg is celebrating his twentieth year as an ordained Episcopalian priest. He was ordained in 1997 after attending seminary at The University of the South and currently serves as rector of Christ Episcopal Church. Godfrey is married to Patty Norcross Godfrey (JD 1983) who teaches English at Warren Central High School after practicing law for a number of years.
Philip C. Hearn (JD 1992) and his wife Natalie announce the birth of their son, Gunner, on January 24, 2018.
Philip C. Hearn (JD 1992) has opened a second office, Hearn Law Firm-North Mississippi, in Blue Mountain. His first office, the Hearn Law Firm, is in Jackson.
Judge Hilton R. Miller (JD 2001) has been selected by the National Action Network (NAN) as one of the recipients of this year’s Man of Vision Awards. Miller is an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review with the Social Security Administration in Jersey City, NJ. The award will be presented to him by NAN founder, Rev. Al Sharpton, at their annual awards luncheon in Astoria, NY on March 31. NAN is a leading civil rights organization and works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., promoting a modern civil rights agenda that includes “the fight for justice, one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, criminal record, economic status, gender, gender expression or sexuality.”
Thomas L. Kirkland, Jr. (JD 1978) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as a partner.
Allyson C. Simpson (JD 2003) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as a partner.
Andy Lowery (JD 2002) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as a partner.
Mary Jordan Fuller (JD 2012) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as an associate.
Matthew D. Sitton (JD 2012) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as an associate.
Beatryce McCrosky Tolsdorf (JD 2007) has joined the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham as an associate.
Melissa Minshew Graves (JD 2007) and her husband Matthew announce the birth of their second daughter, Rosalie Corbin Graves, on February 9, 2018. She is welcomed by big sister, Nora.
Jennifer S. Lindsey (JD 2004) and Samuel McNeil announce the birth of their son, Grayson Ryan McNeil, on January 18, 2018.
Cory M. Williamson (JD 2011) and his wife, McKenzie West Williamson, announce the birth of their second son, Weston Crawford, on March 20, 2018. He is welcomed by his big brother, Wyatt.
Samuel Griffin Norquist (LL.B. 1947) died March 7, 2018.
Donald Glenn Kruger (LL.B. 1959) died March 23.
Jennifer A. Urban (JD 2015, LL.M. 2016) has recently joined K&L Gates as an Associate in the Banking & Asset Finance practice group with a focus in aviation finance, shipping finance, and UAS/drone law.
Amanda Jones Tollison (JD 1996), an attorney at Butler Snow in Oxford, has been elected President-Elect of the Mississippi Bar.
Brad Tennison (JD 1998), with Gifford & Tennison in Booneville, has been elected to the Mississippi Bar’s Board of Commissioners.
Crymes M. Pittman (JD 1998), partner at Pittman Germany Roberts & Welsh, LLP in Jackson, has been elected to the Mississippi Bar’s Board of Commissioners.
Christy Malatesta (JD 2009), shareholder at Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. in Jackson, has been elected secretary of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.
Paul Blake (JD 2007), shareholder at Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush in Ridgeland, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.
Lindsey Lazinsky (JD 2011), attorney in the Office of the Attorney General in Oxford, has been elected a director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar.
Berkley Etheridge Schwarz (JD 1999) has been named Director of Government Affairs for the Tennessee Bar Association in Nashville.
Meagan Linton (JD 2013) was recently named as a partner at Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton & Simmons, PLLC in Meridian. She was also recently selected to participate in the 2018 Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum.
Hugh Tanner (JD 1985) has joined the Houston office of Winston & Strawn LLP as partner.
Steven J. Phillips (JD 2004) and his wife Martha S. Phillips announce the birth of their son, Thaddeus “Thad” Phillips, on September 23, 2017.
Christina M. Seanor (JD 2014) has joined the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as an associate. She is part of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and is licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi.
U.S. Congressman J. Trent Kelly (JD 1995), representative for Mississippi’s First Congressional District, has been promoted to Brigadier General by the Mississippi National Guard. Jelly joined the Guard in 1985 as a private and has served 32 years, including three deployments. He currently serves as a member of the Armed Services Committee.
James Walter Newman III (LL.B. 1960) died January 1, 2018.
Charles Barrett (JD 1998) was recently named a member at the Nashville office of Neal & Harwell. His practice focuses on personal injury, antitrust and consumer class actions, as well as False Claims Act claims.
Kim McCall Haney (JD 1998) married Edward Kreyling on January 7, 2018. She is a sole practitioner in Bay St. Louis.
Stephen P. Huwe (JD 2011) and his wife Amy announce the birth of their son, Colton Murphy, on October 4, 2017. He is welcomed by his two brothers, Jackson and Grayson, and his sister, Caroline.
Jaklyn Wrigley (JD 2011) and her husband Jason M. Payne (JD 2008) announce the birth of their second daughter, Margot Ruth Payne, on January 17, 2018. They have an older daughter, Finley Louise.
Charles McLean Carr (LL.B. 1954) died January 10, 2018.
John William Delaney, Jr. (LL.B. 1951) died January 16, 2018.
Christopher Hearsay (JD 2013) of Gaithersburg, MD is running for the 6th Congressional District as a Democrat. He most recently worked for Bigelow Aerospace, a private space technology company, as director of legislative affairs. He left that position in November 2017 to actively campaign and fundraise.
Ben Deneka (JD after 2012) has been appointed to a 3-year term with the IRS Advisory Council (IRSAC). Deneka is an industry operations liaison with H&R Block in Pittsburgh, PA and has been managing their relationship with the IRS. Additionally, he represents H&R Block in various industry working groups. Deneka is H&R Block’s business owner for the IRS online services “Where’s My Refund?” application programming interface pilot.
Charles E. Griffin (JD 1987) of the Jackson office of Butler Snow has been appointed to serve on the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Roundtable Steering Committee. Griffin is Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and handles complex litigation and insurance defense cases. He is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel.
Joel Stanford Hays (JD 2012) has published an article entitled “A Constitutional Enigma: Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Mississippi Plan” in the Journal of Mississippi History (2014; published in January 2018). He has also previously published articles in the Journal of Southern Legal History and the American Genealogist. Hays is currently employed by the State of Mississippi.
Emily H. Wilkins (JD 2014) married James Edward Baxter Kruger on November 25, 2017.
Arthur D. Rhodes (JD 1985) was recently awarded the Robert W. Varnell, Jr. Leadership Award for 2017. The award is presented annually by the Chamber of Commerce of Cleveland/Bradley, TN and is one of the top honors presently annually by the Chamber. Rhodes was selected for “character demonstrating outstanding leadership in his profession, community service and church.” He is President and CEO for the Church of God Benefits Board, Inc. and the Church Loan Fund, Inc. He and his wife, Angie, are the parents of two children.
R. Keith Ball, Jr. (JD 2006) of Petal was recently elected chairman of the Forrest County Republican Party Executive Committee. He has served on the committee since 2007. Ball is associated with Greer Law Firm, PLLC of Hattiesburg and practices in the areas of real estate, real property, title, eminent domain and governmental law.
The Metro Black Women Lawyers Association recently selected Patricia D. Wise (JD 1984) as a Legal Trailblazer. Judge Wise is Chancellor of the Fifth Chancery Court District. She is former Chairman of the Committee on Judicial Performance and the first female President of the Magnolia Bar Association.
Constance Slaughter-Harvey (JD 1970) has been honored by the Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association as a Legal Trailblazer. The first African-American woman who graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Slaughter-Harvey also served as Director of Human Development under former Governor William Winter.
Jack F. Dunbar (LL.B. 1957) died December 20, 2017.
Christy Vinson Malatesta (JD 2009) has been named shareholder in the Jackson office of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell. She focuses her practice on general litigation and transportation.
T.K. Moffett (JD 1979) of Tupelo retired as Chancery Court Judge for the First Judiciary District on December 31, 2017.
Judge Gaylon K. Harper (JD 1976) of Laurel retired as County Court Judge for Jones County on December 31, 2017.
M. Wayne Thompson (JD 1995) has been appointed by Governor Bryant as County Court Judge for Jones County effective January 1, 2018.
Terry D. Little (JD 1998), co-founder of Oxford Title, LLC/ Terry D. Little, PLLC of Oxford was recently named one of two recipients of the 2017 Affiliate of the Year by the North Central Mississippi Realtors Association. The award is presented annually “in appreciation for extraordinary contributions to the real estate profession in Mississippi.”
Jamie G. Houston III (JD 1976) was recently elected vice chairman of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. Houston is a member of the Jackson office of Watkins and Eager where his practice includes corporate and business law, tax and estate planning and administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Stephen T. Bailey (JD 1994) was recently appointed by Gov. Bryant as Chancery Court Judge for the First Judicial District. He is currently a partner in the Tupelo law firm of Evans & Bailey and will take the bench on January 1, 2018.
Myles E. Sharp (JD 2002) has joined the Gulfport office of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP as a partner. Sharp represents multiple Fortune 500 clients in the field of insurance defense litigation. He also serves as Vice President of the Gulfport City Council.
Courtney L. Leyes (JD 2009) married Allen Horton on December 9, 2017.
Daniel L. Egger (JD 2006) recently began a new position with the United States Corps of Engineers as an attorney in their Japan District. He is stationed in Kama, Kanagawa, Japan.
Tabitha Parks Edmonson (JD 2009) is the second Vice President at Northern Trust Company’s Wealth Management Estate Settlement Department in Chicago.
John Lee Genin, Sr. (JD 1973) died December 17, 2017.
Roger McKay Tubbs (JD 1986) died December 6, 2017.
Morgan Locke Houston (JD 2014) married Stephen Reed Waldrop December 9, 2017.
Carolyn Buttles Mills (JD 1973) died December 29, 2017.
Raymond L. Brown (LL.B. 1962) died December 25, 2017.
John Paul Fox (LL.B. 1961) died December 19, 2017.
G. Dewey Hembree (JD 1986) has been named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2017 Leadership in Law class in recognition of his professional excellence and prominence in the field.
Chancellor M. Ronald Doleac (JD 1972) of Hattiesburg was elected Chairman of the Conference of Chancery Judges at the Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference.
Chancellor Robert A. Whitwell (JD 1972) of Oxford was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Conference is Chancery Judges at the recent Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference. He is Chancellor of the 18th District.
John Mark McKenzie (JD 1981) was recently named Senior Vice President at Pinnacle Financial Partners in their Nashville office.
James A. Peden (JD 1970) was presented the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. Peden has practiced law with Stennett, Wilkinson & Peden for 47 years, concentrating his practice in administrative, local government, real estate, and zoning and land use law.
Bryan H. Calloway (JD 1990) was recently elected Adams County Prosecutor. He is a sole practitioner in Natchez.
Robin Samson McCoy (JD 2005) and her husband Brian announce the birth of their son, Knox Michael, on November 9, 2017. He is welcomed by his two big sisters, Anniston and Morgan.
Hugh E. Tanner (JD 1985) was officially elected as the 10th Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors. Tanner is a litigation partner in the Houston, TX law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
M. Heath Frost (JD 2014) has joined the Chattanooga law practice of Miller & Martin. He will be practicing in the area of business litigation.
Laura Hill Dixon (JD 2006) and her husband Joe announce the birth of their son, Charles Garrett, on November 30, 2017. He is welcomed by big sister Rayna.
Surya Gunasekara (JD 2010) has joined Capitol Hill Consulting Group as Of Counsel to handle tax policy issues. Mr. Gunasekara joins CHCG after serving as Chief of Staff and Tax Counsel for Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee.
McGlinchey Stafford attorney G. Dewey Hembree (JD 1986) has been included in the 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.
McGlinchey Stafford attorney H. Hunter Twiford III (JD 1972) has been included in the 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Mandy Gunasekara (JD 2010) was appointed by President Trump to the position of Principle Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Office Of Air and Radiation at U.S EPA.
Malissa Wilson (JD 2002) has joined Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP as a partner in the Jackson office.
Billy L Fulgham (JD 1965) died October 6, 2017.
Employees at Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston, MS recently established an endowment at Northwest Mississippi Community College in honor of Donald James “Jim” Blackwood, Jr. (JD 1997) for his leadership at TGH. Blackwood has served as administrator of the hospital since 2011.
Angela Gallagher Galeano was named Chief of Staff, Office of the President at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.
William “Scott” Phillips (JD 1988) died October 29, 2017.
Thomas Bert Brumley (LL.B. 1950) died October 3, 2017.
Circuit Court Judge Justin M. Cobb (JD 2001) died September 9, 2017.
H.L. “Sonny” Merideth, Jr. (LL.B. 1958) died September 6, 2017.
Kenneth Allen Miller (JD 1980) died September 5, 2017.
Alfred P. “Bo” Statham (LL.B. 1960) died August 26, 2017.
Walter J. Blessey IV (JD 1964) died September 17, 2017.
Tammra O. Cascio (JD 1996) has been named Chairman of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Lyle A. Gravatt recently served as a panelist for a North Carolina Bar function, providing career advice based on his path from a ten-dollar an hour tech analyst to an attorney for a patent law firm. Gravett is now a patent attorney in the Durham, NC law firm of NK Patent Law.
Price W. Donahoo (JD 2009) has opened Donahoo Law Firm PLLC in Madison. His practice will generally consist of business law and commercial litigation, general litigation, commercial real estate and wills and estates.
Melissa Baria DiFatta (JD 1997) is now General Counsel at Singing River Health System in Pascagoula.
Edwin Randolph “Randy” Noble, Jr. (JD 1972) died July 26, 2017.
Retired Judge W. O. “Chet” Dillard (LL.B. 1960) died July 30, 2017.
Samuel Murry Tumey (JD 1981) died July 31, 2017.
Robert Bostick Childers (JD 1978) died July 29, 2017.
Kirk G. Ladner (JD 1995) died August 5, 2017.
Alexander C. Martin II (JD 2010) and his wife Catoria “Torri” Parker Martin (JD 2011) announce the birth of their third child, a son, Parker Elijah, on August 7, 2017.
Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David A. Chandler (JD 1994) is retiring as Commissioner of Child Protection Services on September 15, 2017. While in this newly-created position, he received unprecedented praise from reform advocates and was recognized by the National Council for Adoption for his steadfast work in the area. Chandler is credited with a major turnaround for the state’s extremely troubled foster care system in the short time he served.
Governor Phil Bryant has appointed current Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson (JD 1982) to step into the position. Dickinson will leave his post to begin serving September 18, 2017.
Anna Marie Livingston (JD 2008) had joined the Jackson law office of Steen Dalehite & Pace, LLP as an associate.
Shaun R. Cade (JD 2003) has joined the Champion Law Firm, P.C. in Atlanta, GA and will be handling plaintiffs cases.
Jamilla Espy Galloway (JD 2005) and her husband Ryan announce the birth of their son, Ryan Michael, on August 10, 2017.
S. Gray Edmondson (JD 2001), Joshua W. Sage (JD 2014), and Brandon Dixon recently formed Edmondson Sage Dixon PLLC, an Oxford based firm focused on advising private clients and businesses in the areas of tax and estate planning, business transactions, and tax controversy and litigation.
Josh W. Sage (JD 2014), of Edmondson Sage Dixon PLLC, graduated from NYU with an LL.M. in taxation.
Tameika Cooper Bennett (JD 2009) and her husband, Rico, announce the birth of their son, Frank Rico Bennett II (“Deuce”), on May 5, 2017.
Amanda Nettle Johson (JD 2005) and her husband Jay Wesson Johnson announce the birth of a daughter, Anna Jay Johnson, on July 5, 2017.
Tangela L. Hollis-Palmer (JD 2009) and her husband Carlos D. Palmer (JD 2002) announce the birth of their son, Carlos Diallo Palmer II, on July 13, 2017.
William T. Davis (JD 2009) is now an associate in the Atlanta office of Holland Roddenberry, LL.C.
J. Richard Barry (JD 1979) has been sworn in as President of the Mississippi Bar Association.
Elise Epperson Deano (JD 1993) was recently chosen as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Citizens in Hancock County for 2017. Recipients were selected for their contributions to improving quality of life in the county. Deano is the Hancock County Youth Court Judge and is chairman of Foster the Cause, a fund sponsored by the Hancock Community Development Foundation. Her latest project is Ruth’s Roots, a garden opening up positive activities for youth as they learn how to build, market, learn about farm-to-table food preparation, and socializing and spending time with adults who enjoy sharing their knowledge.
Parker Y. Wiseman (JD 2008) is now a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi in the Starkville office. He most recently served several terms as Mayor of the City of Starkville.
Rachel Rowe Payne (JD 2005) and her husband, Dr. Lee Payne, announce the birth of their son, John Warren Payne, on July 13, 2017.
Benjamin S. Dorfman (JD 2004) has joined the Atlanta law firm of Fain, Major & Brennan, P.C. as a senior associate.
Derek D. Hopson (JD 1997) was recently sworn in as municipal court judge for the City of Clarksdale.
Deborah Hodges Bell (JD 1979) was recently presented the 2017 Chief Justice Award by Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Mississippi at the annual Bar meeting. The award is presented each year to the individual whose work has significantly improved the judicial system. She also received the Outstanding Law Alumnus of the Year at the annual Ole Miss Law Alumni Luncheon. Bell served as Interim Dean of the law school for the past two years.
Lynn Fitch (JD 1985), the State Treasurer of Mississippi, was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Susie Blue Buchanan Award at the annual Bar meeting. Presented annually by the Mississippi Bar’s Women in the Profession Committee, the award honors outstanding women attorneys who have achieved professional excellence and have actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers. Susie Blue Buchanan was the first female attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Mississippi.
Jacqueline Mask (JD 1982), Chancellor for Mississippi’s 1st Chancery Court District since 2009, was recently named the recipient of this year’s Judicial Excellence Award during the annual Bar meeting. This award was established in 2000 by the Mississippi Bar’s Board of Commissioners to recognize judges who exceed the call of their judicial office.
Taylor Webb (LL.B. 1950) died July 25, 2017.
Oscar Robert Jordan (LL.B. 1963) died July 21, 2017.
John W. Coalter (LL.B. 1964) died July 13, 2017.
William Wallace Allred (LL.B. 1955) died July 11, 2017.
Larry Edmond Clark (JD 1972) died July 10, 2017.
Brittany Sharkey (JD 2013) is currently serving as the General Counsel for Texas State Senator Donna Campbell.
Joe R. Lovelady (JD 1995) died May 30, 2017
Halle Mitchell Walker (JD 2002) died May 31, 2017.
Justin S. Cluck (JD 2002) is an assistant public defender in the Tucson, AZ office of the Pima County Public Defender.
Tabitha Acosta (JD 1998) was recently awarded an LL.M. by the University of Washington School of Law in Sustainable International Development. She is employed by the University of Washington School of Law in their tax LL.M. program.
George Harris Dulin (LL.B. 1962) died June 7, 2017.
Benjamin C. Britt (JD 1977) died May 26, 2017.
William Jeff Hamm, Sr. (LL.B. 1949) died June 17, 2017.
William Henry McKenzie III (JD 1976) died May 12, 2017.
Steve Simpson (JD 1988) has joined the Gulf Coast office of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA as Special Counsel.
Anna Outzen (JD 2013) has joined the Gulf Coast office of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, PA as an associate.
Kevin W. Frye (JD 2005) and his wife, Ashley Hewett Frye, announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel “Nathan” Moss Frye, born June 20, 2017.
Katie Lofton Wallace (JD 2005) was recently named Assistant General Counsel for C Spire and it’s parent company, Telapex, in Jackson.
Angela Gallagher Galeano (JD 2008) and her husband Keith announce the birth of a son, Nicholas Rosario, on December 15, 2016.
Major Angela Rayborn Swilley (JD 2005) of the United States Army recently transferred from Ft. Belvoir, VA to Ft. Stewart, GA. Maj. Swilley is Chief of Administrative Law for the 3rd Infantry Division.
Reverend Paul J. Stephens (JD 1983) accepted a call to become Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Church’s diocesan office in Jackson. As assistant to the Bishop, he is responsible for a variety of jobs, including serving as deployment officer for the diocese for clergy vacancies, working closely with congregational development, and serving as the initial diocesan representative when conflict arises. Stephens previously served as Rector of All Saints’ in Tupelo for eight years.
Gabriel McGaha (JD 2008) was recently selected by his classmates at the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2017 Leadership Law graduation ceremony to receive the Larry Wilks Award in recognition of his “exceptional leadership qualities that enhanced the Leadership Law experience for all class members.” TBALL’s goal is to provide attorneys with the vision, knowledge and skills needed to serve as leaders in the legal profession and in their community. Thirty-six attorneys were selected to participate in this year’s 6-month program. McGaha is an associate in the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP.
Amy Bland Arrington (JD 1998) has been named Teacher of the Year at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Public Health, College of Health.
Guthrie T. Abbott (JD 1967) was recently named the recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s 2017 Professionalism Award. The award recognizes a lawyer whose life, practice and service have displayed outstanding character and integrity. Abbott served as a law professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law for over thirty years prior to his retirement.
D. Andrew Phillips (JD 1989) was elected as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and inducted at the recent ceremony. Phillips is a partner in the Oxford office of Mitchell, McNutt & Sams, PA.
Meredith Edwards Collins (JD 2009) and her husband McLean Collins announce the birth of their son, Lamar Walker Collins, born March 31, 2017.
Katelyn Wear Harrell (JD 2013) and her husband Kevin Harrell announce the birth of their daughter, Vivian Elizabeth, on March 7, 2017.
James B. Justice (JD 2005) and his wife Brigitte Rankin Justice announce the birth of a daughter, Jeree Rankin, on May 2, 2017.
Brian W. Sanderson (JD 1998) and his wife Marie Thomas Sanderson announce the birth of their third child, George Edward, on May 4, 2017.
Lisa W. McKay is serving as the 2017 president of the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA). McKay, a shareholder with the firm Currie Johnson & Myers, P.A., assumed the gavel during the MDLA’s Board of Directors meeting held in late January.
Marie Wicks‘ (JD 2016) article, “Prayer Is Prologue: The Impact of Town of Greece on the Constitutionality of Deliberative Public Body Prayer at the Start of School Board Meetings,” 31 J.L. & Pol. 1 (2015), was cited by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on March 20th in American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District, No. 15-11067 c/w No. 16-11220.
J. Matthew “Matt” Eichelberger (JD 2003) and his wife Jennie Austin Eichelberger announce the birth of their daughter, Caroline Clark, on April 3, 2017.
David A. Minyard (JD 1989) died April 3, 2017.
Catherine V. “Ginny” Kilgore (JD 1975) recently retired as Elder Law Project Director for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services in Oxford.
Alfred P. “Al” Cutturini (JD 2006) was recently named Elder Law Project Director for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services in Oxford.
Gary W. Farabough (JD 1974) was confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate to serve a nine-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University Center of Southern Oklahoma, with the term ending June 30, 2026. Farabough, of the law firm Pasley, Garabough and Mouledoux in Ardmore, Oklahoma, was appointed by Governor Marry Fallin.
Melvin “Mel” Davis (JD 1973) died April 16, 2017.
George S. Shaddock (LL.B. 1964) died April 9, 2017.
Johnny Mack Lane (JD 1969) died April 15, 2017.
Nancy Sue Allen Wegener (JD 1986) died April 15, 2017.
Paul V. Dixon (LL.B. 1950) died April 9, 2017.
Elliott John Clark, Jr. (JD 1976) died April 3, 2017.
Tammy Lynn Woolbright (JD 1980) died April 3, 2017.
Robert Eugene Jones (JD 1973) died April 26, 2017.
Greg Atwood (JD 2005) married Mary Cramer McGaughey on April 28, 2017.
J. Ryan Perkins (JD 2002), a shareholder with Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush, P.A. in Ridgeland, was named by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of its 40 Leaders in Law for 2016.
Emmylou Branscome Roberts (JD 2010) and her husband Jason W. Roberts joyfully announce the birth of their twin daughters Eleanor Ruth and Lily Ross, born January 27, 2917.
Ann Camm Wynne (Beers) (JD 1973) died January 24, 2017. She served for eight years as the Director of the Mississippi Prosecutors College.
Emily Cox Webster (JD 2004) is corporate counsel/compliance attorney with American Car Center and American Financial in Memphis. She is married to Ross Emerson Webster (JD 2005) who is a partner at Glankler Brown PLLC. They have a five-year-old daughter, Sloan.
David Ragsdale (JD 1986), personal injury attorney at Ragsdale Law Firm in Dallas, Texas, has been named for the third time to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2016.
Patrick H. Scanlon (JD 1960) died February 25, 2017. Pat was a past president of the Law Alumni Chapter Board of Directors and past chairman of the Lamar Order.
William Lee Hon (JD 1990) married Nancy Patricia Varela Ordonez on March 18, 2017.
Richard “Keith” Ball, Jr. (JD 2006) married Ashley Browning on March 18, 2017.
United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge E. Grady Jolly (LL.B. 1962) has announced he will retire on his 80th birthday, October 3, 2017.
Regina A. Lightsey (JD 1990) now serves on the Data Security Team for the Human Resource Service IT group of Conduent, a business services company based in Dallas. Lightsey works in operational risk and compliance with the company’s contracts and vendors.
William McLeod McIntosh, Jr. (JD 2008) is serving as an assistant public defender at the Athens Office of the Public Defender in Athens, GA.
Lindsey Smith Wiseman (JD 2009) and husband Parker Y. Wiseman (JD 2008) announce the birth of their third child and second son, Logan Yeager, born March 14, 2017.
Moran McLelland Pope, Jr. (LL.B. 1948) died March 2, 2017.
Sylvia Sanford McDavid (LL.B. 1956) died March 4, 2017.
Former Circuit Court Judge Frank A. Russell (JD 1970) died March 4, 2017.
Julie J. Wells (JD 2007) has been admitted as a Shareholder of Evans Petree PC. Her practice, though focused in health care law and general corporate matters, also includes business and commercial transactions and private client services. She works primarily in Evans Petree’s Oxford office.
Mandy Gunasekara (JD 2010) will serve as a senior policy adviser in the EPA administrator’s office.
Bobby M. Harges (JD 1985), senior partner in the New Orleans law firm of Bobby Harges LLC, has written a legal book on Louisiana DWI laws. Published by Thomas Reuters, it is the result of five years of legal research and writing. Titled Louisiana Practice: Louisiana DWI (2016 ed., Thompson Reuters, 678 pp), it provides a comprehensive, scholarly overview of the subject statuses and regulations, as well as valuable practice-related tips. It is the first Louisiana-specific treatise drafted. In addition to his DWI and criminal practice, Harges serves as a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Curtis Lee Hays (JD 1974) died March 21, 2017.
James E. Holland (JD 1986) was recently named DeSoto County Prosecutor. Holland previously served as Horn Lake municipal court judge since 2001.
Harris Shelton Hanover Walsh, PLLC recently announced the addition of Benjamin D. West (JD 2009) as an associate attorney with the firm’s Oxford office. West focuses his legal practice in commercial litigation, criminal law, health care, insurance, mediation, arbitration, personal injury and product liability.
Reverend Joey Shelton (JD 1985) will join the staff at Millsaps College as chaplain and director of church relations beginning July 1. He has served as senior pastor at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson since 2008.
Daniel Mathis (JD 2005) has been promoted to Counsel at Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corporation.
Joshua L. Rogers (JD 2004) is now serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. He previously served as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
Slates C. Veazey (JD 2007) has been named partner in the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Veazey represents clients in all types of litigation, with an emphasis in construction and insurance coverage disputes.
Carl J. Chaney (JD 1986) was recently appointed Chief Executive Officer of First NBC Bank Holding Company in New Orleans by their Board of Directors.
W. Scott Welch III (LL.B. 1964) recently retired from the Jackson office of Baker Donelson and has opened W. Scott Welch, Lawyer and Mediator, PLLC in Ridgeland.
John Merritt Tipton (JD 1965) died January 30, 2017.
Matthew R. Dowd (JD 2005) was recently named partner at Adams and Reese in their Jackson office. He primarily focuses on products liability defense, and also practices commercial and insurance litigation, personal injury, mass torts, premises liability, real estate, construction and other general litigation.
Ryan E. Byrne (JD 1994), founding partner of Byrne & Associates, PLLC, has recently opened a third office in Memphis, TN. It is a full-service firm practicing in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, corporate and business law, and private and estate planning.
Robert L. Gibbs (JD 1979) has been named 2017 Chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. He is a founding partner of Gibbs Travis in Jackson.
David Kaufman (JD 1978) was elected President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates at its annual meeting held in Jackson. Kaufman practices at Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC.
Benjamin S. Dorfman (JD 2004) has joined the Atlanta office of Rutherford & Christie LLP. Dorfman will be handling general liability defense cases.
W. Ashton Randall III (JD 2000) is featured in the February issue of London-based magazine “Acquisition International” in their Advisors of the Year section. Randall is one of two founding members of Randall Greer PLLC in Dallas, TX. His firm provides corporate guidance during complex disputes and transactions for a variety of industries across the US and in foreign countries. The article highlights Randall’s experience, the firm’s modernized structure and it’s focus on the business needs of their clients.
Patrick H. “Pat” Scanlon (LL.B. 1960) died February 25, 2017.
James D. “J.D.” Johnson (JD 2006) has joined the Omaha, NE law firm of McGill, Gotsdiner, Workman & Lepp PC, LLO.
Kegan T. Coleman (JD 2016) has joined Brad Morris Law Firm PLLC in Oxford and Tupelo. He will be practicing in the areas of personal injury and social security disability.
Terrance “Terry” Knister (JD 1981) has been recognized in the 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers list for his work in Environmental Litigation.
M. Craig Robertson (JD 1999) of Robertson & Associates PLLC announces that senior associate Matthew S. Easterling (JD 2009) has been named a partner in the firm which will now be called Robertson and Easterling. The firm handles all aspects of cases relative to family law and divorce and is based in Ridgeland.
R. Reid McKee (JD 2003) was sworn in as an immigration judge with the US Department of Justice in Pearsall, TX in March of 2016. McKee previously served as assistant chief counsel for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of Homeland Security; as a sole practitioner in Madison, MS: and as an associate in the Jackson office of Watkins and Eager.
Amanda Lee Nettles (JD 2005) married Jay Wesson Johnson on October 8, 2016.
James B. Justice (JD 2005) married Brigitte K. Rankin on December 21, 2016.
Jason W. Bailey (JD 2007) is an associate in the Birmingham, AL office of Maynard Cooper & Gale PC.
Taylor N. Ferrell (JD 2003) and Anna Katherine Drake announce the birth of their daughter, Avon Jean Ferrell, on December 1, 2016.
Glenda Wadsworth (JD 1976) died December 31, 2016.
Angela Davis-Morris (JD 1992) recently ended her tenure as President of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). She remains on the Board of Directors as immediate past president.
United States Army Major Jennifer Dell Mullins (JD 2005) is currently serving as Chief of Adverse Actions, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate Headquarters, 8th Air Force, Barksdale, LA. Maj. Mullins oversees and advises on non-judicial punishments (Article 15s), administrative separations, and other adverse military personnel actions of the 8th Air Force’s five bomber bases located in Louisiana, Texas, North and South Dakota, and Missouri. She also assists in advising these bases on their court-martial charging decisions and strategy. Maj. Mullins has spent the previous five years advising on government contract actions at Robins AFB, Georgia and Ramstein AB, Germany.
C. Meade Harfield (JD 2005) has been named partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
Colonel Stan B. Harris (JD 1985) recently retired at a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, DC following 24 years of service. Harris has been on orders at the Pentagon for the past two years and will return to his position as assistant US attorney for the Southern District in Gulfport.
Deanne Mosley (JD 1994) has been named the new Executive Director of the Mississippi Bar Association effective May 1, 2017.
Clare Sekul Hornsby (LL.B. 1945) died January 24, 2017.
Haley Crosby Carpenter (JD 2015) was recently appointed as Director of Managed Review Services for Cicayda in Nashville. This company is a legal discovery solution delivering one hundred percent cloud-based e-Discovery applications.
H. Lee Roberts Burke (JD 1978) died January 22, 2017.
Israel Anderson Denham (JD 2009) died January 16, 2017.
Alicia N. Netterville (JD 2015) has joined the Jackson office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP after completing her clerkship with US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves.
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.
Josiah D. Coleman (JD 1999) and his wife Ashleigh Burke Coleman announce the birth of their third child and second daughter, Tallulah Ruth, born December 8, 2016.
Stephanie Gee Beaver (JD 2001) has joined Dornan Law Office, PLLC in Gulfport.
Nicole Short Bishop (JD 2008) was appointed Criminal District Attorney of Kendall County, Texas by Governor Greg Abbott.
Meredith Edwards Collins (JD 2009) has rejoined the Nashville office of Bass, Berry & Sims as an associate in the health care practice. She will work with companies, private equity groups and venture funds relative to mergers, acquisitions, investments and divestitures within the health care industry.
Gabriel McGaha (JD 2008), an associate in the Memphis office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, is one of only 36 attorneys from the State of Tennessee to be selected by the Tennessee Bar Association to participate in the 2017 Leadership Law Class. This is a six-month leadership training class designed to equip Tennessee attorneys to serve as leaders in the profession and within their local communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.