June 1, 2009


Governor Haley Barbour today announced M. James Chaney Jr., of Vicksburg, will be his appointee to the Ninth Circuit Court Judge position, effective today. Chaney will serve the unexpired term of Judge Frank Vollor who retired on May 31, 2009. His term will end Jan. 3, 2011.

“Jim’s solid and diverse experiences in the legal field give him a unique perspective to serve on the bench, and I appreciate his commitment to public service in this new role,” Governor Barbour said.

Chaney is a partner in the Vicksburg law firm of Teller, Chaney, Hassell & Hopson LLP and practices in the areas of litigation, business law and school law. He has represented school districts in west central Mississippi for 31 years. He currently represents Vicksburg Warren schools, Yazoo City schools and the South Delta School District. He served as special assistant attorney general in 1977.

Professionally, he is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Lamar Order and the Warren County Bar Association where he served as president in 1988. He is the current president of the Mississippi Council of School Board Attorneys. He was elected as a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 2002.

Chaney is a member of the Vicksburg Kiwanis Club, the Vicksburg Warren Chamber of Commerce, the Warren County Habitat for Humanity and the First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg where he serves as an elder and Sunday School teacher.

Chaney earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Mississippi Law Journal.

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