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Philip is a trial attorney based in Jackson, Mississippi with a diverse civil litigation practice.

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I Called It: Judge Sul Ozerden Nominated to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
For readers who don’t know me, that post title….it’s called sarcasm. I posted many times that Mississippi lost this seat. I was wrong that Mississippi would lose the seat. But I was not making up what I posted.  I heard more specific information I didn’t post that backed it up. I believe Texans were after… Continue Reading

Loss of Congressional Seniority a Real Problem for Mississippi

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi’s loss of seniority in Congress is a threat to the state’s economy. I have touched on the subject when discussing judicial appointments. Sid Salter explains in this column. He states: Clearly, the 2018 retirement of 45-year veteran Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — who held the vastly influential post of Senate Appropriations Committee chairman… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Search Ends Back Where it Started

Posted in Mississippi Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
As reported elsewhere, Governor Bryant announced yesterday he is appointing Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis to fill Chief Justice Waller’s seat on the Supreme Court. Bryant also appointed State Rep. Cory Wilson to fill Judge Griffis’ seat on the Court of Appeals. My Take: Thus concludes the judicial silly season. I say that because… Continue Reading

Back to School for Rookie Judges

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger reports today on the record-breaking class of new judges taking office in January. According to the article: …40 new judges who will take the bench across the state, the largest number of new judges in modern times…. The new judges include 18 chancery judges, nine circuit judges, 10 County Court judges and three… Continue Reading

Name Recognition Big Advantage in Judicial Elections

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
The Hinds County Circuit Court will see two new judges in January, with election runoff winners Faye Peterson and Adrienne Wooten joining the bench. Three of the county’s four judges will have something in common–and I’m not talking about being African-American women. Peterson, Wooten and Circuit Judge Tomie Green all held elected office before winning… Continue Reading

Mississippi Judicial Elections Produce Some Surprises

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Mississippi Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Trying to get election results for down ballot races in Mississippi is tough. I watched WLBT’s website last night and early this morning. Now (5:20 a.m.) it’s results are down. And now back up here. Before I get into it, take all this for what it’s worth. The way results came in for local races… Continue Reading

What’s Behind the Alt-Right’s Attack on Judge Ozerden?

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
It’s been known for a while that Mississippi’s Senate delegation submitted U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden’s name to the White House to fill the seat on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated by Judge Grady Jolly.  But the pick has run into trouble from an unlikely source: the right. Specifically, the alt-right. Over the… Continue Reading

Judicial Election Time

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The deadline for running for judicial office has passed. Luckily for me, the topic has already been written about. Judge Primeaux covers the races for chancery court seats. The Clarion-Ledger covers the state and local races. My first impression is that there are more contested seats than usual. A number of sitting judges are not… Continue Reading

Governor Bryant Appoints Joseph Sclafani to Hinds County Circuit Court Judge

Posted in Hinds County Circuit Court, Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger’s Jimmie Gates reports on Governor Bryant’s appointment of Joseph Sclafani from a field of 11 applicants to fill the retired Judge Bill Gowan’s seat on the Hinds County Circuit Court. Sclafani has practiced at Brunini in Jackson since 2003. He will run for a 4-year term in the November election. The article notes… Continue Reading

Judicial Derby Update

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Here is the latest qualifying list for judicial races on the Senator in Waiting Secretary of State’s website: 2018 Candidate Qualifying List. Looks like Hinds County is headed for a real shakeup with two incumbent Circuit Judges not qualified to run for re-election (Weill and Gowan). These lists do not mean that much until the… Continue Reading

As We Wait on the 5th Circuit Appointment, Another Vacancy Looms

Posted in National Politics, Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
Without re-opening the debate about whether Mississippi is in danger of losing a seat on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, another vacancy looms. According to this website, District Judge Louis Guirola will take senior status effective March 23, 2018. That will create a District Judge seat in Gulfport. I have heard nothing about potential… Continue Reading

Changes to the Mississippi Bench On The Way

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Both Judge Griffis and Judge Primeaux have already posted on their blogs this year about Mississippi’s 2018 judicial races. Judge Primeaux noted yesterday: I am hearing that there will be a significant number of positions that will come open by retirement or resignation. In my local courts, for instance, one chancery position will be open… Continue Reading

My Take on Trump Visit to Mississippi

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
President Trump was in Jackson Saturday for the opening of the Civil Rights and Mississippi Museums. Here are my thoughts: Paved streets— Trump’s visit got us some streets paved downtown. The streets the motorcade came down were paved in the 1-2 weeks before Saturday. The Pearl Street off-ramp, Jefferson St. and Amite St. were all… Continue Reading

Mississippi Appears Favorite to Retain Open 5th Circuit Seat

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
Geoff Pender’s article on the Clarion-Ledger’s website Thursday confirmed that the recent nominations to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals did not include a nomination for the seat held by the retired Judge Grady Jolly. From the article: On Thursday, the White House sent the Engelhardt nomination to the Senate listed as a replacement for… Continue Reading

Update on Mississippi’s Lost 5th Circuit Seat

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
The A.P. has a short story today titled ‘Mississippi jurist should fill appellate seat, senators say.’ Here are the key passages: Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. senators say they are working with President Donald Trump’s administration to fill a seat on a federal appeals court with someone from the state. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker… Continue Reading

Mississippi Loses Seat on Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, National Politics, Politics in Mississippi
President Trump announced his nominations for the vacant seats on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday. The slots are going to two Texans and two Louisianans. This apparently includes the seat held by the retiring Judge Grady Jolly, whose chambers are in Jackson. Louisiana gained a seat. Here is a link to a How… Continue Reading

Justice Dickinson Leaving Supreme Court

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
I was surprised to read on Tuesday that Miss. Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson is leaving the Court to lead the State’s Child Protection Services. Here is the Clarion-Ledger’s article. Justice Dickinson represented District 2 on the Court. This district covers the Coast, Pine Belt and Southwest Mississippi. He joined the Court in 2004 after… Continue Reading

5th Circuit’s H.B. 1523 Ruling Adds to State’s Macro-level Economic Struggles

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi’s economy got some terrible news last week with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversing the District Court on standing grounds and upholding the homophobic House Bill 1523. Regardless of what you think of H.B. 1523, it is undeniably bad for the economy. Just ask North Carolina, which repealed its homophobic law after it… Continue Reading

Guns in Courtrooms Still Stupid

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Judge Primeaux wrote this week about a case pending before the Mississippi Supreme Court over whether judges can ban guns from their courtrooms. How can that even be a question? Judges can ban phones, gum, food, shabby clothing and a host of other things from their courtrooms. But not GUNS? Gees. Here is my post… Continue Reading