FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 23, 2004

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR APPOINTS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

(Jackson, Miss.) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced his appointee to the Mississippi Supreme Court, his first judicial appointment as governor. Attorney Michael K. Randolph, of Hattiesburg, will serve out former Chief Justice Ed Pittman’s term in the District 2 post, which expires January 2005. Randolph was administered the Oath of Office shortly after the announcement.

“I am very proud of this appointment,” said Governor Barbour. “Mike is a man of integrity and high moral character who has a great legal mind. I know that he will be an asset to Mississippi’s judicial system.”

Randolph has been a partner at Bryan Nelson Randolph P.A. in Hattiesburg and has an AV legal rating. Prior to that, he worked in the Gulf Coast law offices of Bryan, Nelson, Allen and Schroder. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi’s School of Law (1974) and was president of the law school’s student body. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar; South Central Mississippi Bar Association (former President); Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; American Bar Association; and National Coal Council. He is also listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers.

Governor Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, which reviews the qualifications of potential judicial appointees in accordance with Executive Order 914, found Randolph fully qualified to serve in this post.

Randolph will be a candidate for Supreme Court District 2 in the November 2004 election. The high court is made up of nine elected justices, three from each of the state’s three Supreme Court districts. The eight-year terms are staggered to provide continuity.

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
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