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Hinds Chancery Judge Race

Hinds County has four full-time Family Law Judges. The qualifying deadline is May for those persons seeking to become the next Chancellor. Qualifiers, so far, include;

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Dewayne Thomas Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-1

Judge Thomas is a shoe-in to win. Not only because he is unopposed currently, though that helps, but also because he has a reputation for fair rulings, a good judicial temperament and willingness to listen.

 

Subdistrict 2 is the race to watch right now.(primarily because it is the only contested race).

Patricia Wise Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-2

Judge Wise is the incumbent. She has served as a Chancellor since being elected in 1989. Judge Wise has reputation for being tough and insisting that attorneys and litigants respect the Court and follow the required procedures. The rumor was Judge Wise considered retirement, but she has qualified and is seeking another four years.

Reginald Harrion Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-2

Reginald Harrion is challenging Judge Wise for the District 2 seat. Harrion, an associate with Schwartz & Associates, P.A., is admitted to practice in Mississippi, Arizona and Georgia. He has been practicing for nearly 20 years.

 

Denise Owens Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-3

Judge Owens is the Senior Chancellor, meaning she has been the longest-serving Chancellor of the current Judges. Rumors swirled about Judge Owens possibly retiring as well. However, Judge Owens qualified to run again. Judge Owens has a good reputation and is known for thoughtful, fair rulings.

 

Steven P. Nixon Chancery Court Judge 5 Sub 5-4

Subdistrict 4 will be lead by a new Chancellor in 2019, with the retirement of Judge Singletary. So far, only one candidate has qualified for this seat, Steven Nixon. Nixon has been in private practice since 2004 and has also served as Municipal Court Judge in Clinton. Nixon has a good reputation as an attorney and will make a good jurist.

The rumor-mill has at least another attorney qualifying for this seat, but has not as of the time of this posting.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and limits his practice to almost exclusively Chancery Court in the State.

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Judge Races are Set; Madison, Leake, Yazoo & Holmes

This will be one of several posts on the Chancery Judge races in Mississippi.

The race is on. The field is set.  The filing deadline was close of business June 1.  It’s a two-horse race in Madison, Leake, Holmes and Yazoo Counties.

This district, 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 for this seat is James Walker. Walker has the backing of the majority of Family Law and Chancery practitioners in the vast majority of the district. Walker is the current Family Master for the District; hearing Emergency Petitions,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.

Pearlene Jones

Attorney, Pearlene Jones is the other candidate that has qualified to run.  She is a resident of Lexington,  in Holmes County. She currently serves as the County Prosecutor for Homes County. This is a part-time, elected position. Typically, a County Prosecutor’s office is responsible for the prosecution of all misdemeanor cases which occur within the County and filed in Justice Court by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the County Sheriff’s Department, as well as citizen versus citizen affidavits.

Limited online information is available about Attorney Jones. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

This non-partisan election will be held on November 3, 2015.

*Thompson Law Firm, pllc, is a Host for the James C. Walker for Chancery Judge campaign.

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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…

Click here for You CAN Pick your Judge.

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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