OXFORD, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law is pleased to announce that Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce will join the law school as director of the Mississippi Judicial College. Pierce’s role will begin Feb. 1, 2016.
“Justice Pierce brings to the Judicial College and the law school a rich knowledge of the Mississippi judiciary, experience as a state legislator and experience in accounting and business administration,” said Debbie Bell, interim dean. “He is widely respected for his commitment to the state, his integrity in practice and on the bench, and his thoughtful leadership.”
The Judicial College provides continuing legal judicial education and training for some 2,800 court-related personnel, including supreme court justices, judges and court referees, administrators, clerks and reporters.
“The judicial college touches every corner of our state,” Pierce said. “The training the college provides impacts all 82 counties and is critical to an effective judicial system. I look forward to continuing the success of the college, while at the same time being innovative in the way we bring training to the college’s participants. The judicial college has an outstanding staff, and I look forward to joining the team.”
According to the Mississippi Supreme Court site, Pierce is an associate justice serving the Southern District, place two, covering twenty-seven south Mississippi counties. He co-chairs the Commission on Children’s Justice and chairs the Rules Committee on the Legal Profession.
“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the judicial college,” Pierce said. “I am also looking forward to being a part of the law school and university community.”
Previously, Pierce served as chancery court judge for the Sixteenth Chancery Court District of Jackson, George and Greene counties. He is a former state representative for District 105 in the Mississippi Legislature, where he served as chairman of the House Education Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Education.
Pierce is a member of the Mississippi Bar, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as student body president.