Judge Race Update; Mississippi Chancery Elections

The Chancery Judge races in Mississippi are heating up!

Click here for the most recent Update, Roberts in Rankin, Walker in Madison…

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As an update to a prior post, two districts are looking like a horse race while one appears a foregone conclusion. The Secretary of State’s latest list of candidates is filling out.

Madison, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo Counties– the 11th Chancery District is currently served by Judges Cynthia Brewer and Robert Clark, III. The legislature, due to population increases, added a third Judge position to this district.

James C. Walker

The front-runner (and only-runner) for this seat is James Walker. Walker has the backing of the majority of Family Law practitioners in the district and there are not even vague whispers of another viable candidate at this point. Walker is the current Family Master for the District, hearing Emergencies,Temporary Hearings and the types of matters the current Chancellors hear. Walker is the former staff attorney for Judge Cynthia Brewer, former staff attorney for DHS and has his own private Chancery practice law firm.

Rankin County– the 20th District is currently served by Judge John Grant. One new position has been created and another will be filled via appointment and special election at a later date, totaling three Judges for this district.

(Limited on-line information regarding these candidates was available.)

Prentiss M.  Grant

Grant has practiced for over 25 years and handled many Chancery Court cases, among criminal and personal injury areas of practice as well.

James (Jim) M. Nix

Company: Jones and Nix, PLLC
Admit Date: 06/02/1981
Physical Address: 814 N President St
Jackson, MS 39201
Mail Address: P O Box 55601
Jackson, MS 39296-5601
Phone: (601) 948-6800
Fax: (601) 948-7100
Email: jones-nix@att.net
Status: Active

Craig Slay  

Slay is the Board Attorney for the Rankin County Board of Supervisors and has practiced law for nearly 20 years.

Rusty Williard 

Admitted in 1985, Williard is a self-proclaimed “ruthless defender of the rights of children in chancery court and with juvenile defense matters, he is currently a certified Guardian Ad Litem as well as a Youth Court advocate. Rusty believes that his personal experience as a step-father has helped provide him with valuable insight about the financial and emotional dynamics of the modern blended families of today.”

“Besides belonging to the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Rusty is a member of the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce, Hinds County Bar Association and Rankin county Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in the State of Mississippi, Federal Courts, Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Supreme Court.”

Amite, Franklin, Pike and Walthall Counties– the 4th District is currently served by one Chancellor, Debbra Halford, and is getting a much needed second Judge.

(Limited information regarding these candidates was available.)

Below is the contact info from the MS Bar Assoc.

Ashley Atkinson  

Company: Attorney at Law
Admit Date: 05/29/1969
Physical Address: 412 W Michigan Ave
McComb, MS 39649
Mail Address: P O Box 1266
McComb, MS 39649-1266
Phone: (601) 684-3535
Fax: (601) 684-3558
Email: caatkins@cableone.net
Status: Active

Conrad Mord

Company: Attorney at Law
Admit Date: 08/16/1974
Physical Address: 729 Beulah Ave
Tylertown, MS 39667
Mail Address: P O Drawer 311
Tylertown, MS 39667-0311
Phone: (601) 876-2611
Fax: (601) 876-4379
Email: conrad@mordlawfirm.com
Status: Active and currently serves as the Youth Court Referee, a.k.a. Youth Court Judge.

Michael T. Shareef

Company: MS Center for Legal Services
Admit Date: 10/31/1979
Physical Address: 221 Main St
McComb, MS 39648
Mail Address: P O Box 575
McComb, MS 39649-0575
Phone: (601) 684-0578
Fax: (601) 684-0575
Email: mshareef@mslegalservices.org
Status: Active

Wayne Smith 

Company: Attorney at Law
Admit Date: 08/20/1982
Physical Address: 151 W Main St
Liberty, MS 39645
Mail Address: P O Box 525
Liberty, MS 39645-0525
Phone: (601) 657-8994
Fax: (601) 657-8987
Email: waynesmithatty@bellsouth.net
Status: Active

As more information regarding the candidates, and their campaigns, becomes available it will be updated. Hopefully, with some campaign links and fodder one won’t need prescription meds and Redbull to stay awake perusing this blog.

Matthew Thompson is a Chancery Court Attorney and closely watching the Mississippi Chancery Court Judicial races.

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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