FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2007
GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR FILLS CIRCUIT COURT VACANCY
(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour today announced James “Jimmy” McClure, III, of Sardis, will be his appointee to the Mississippi Circuit Court in Northwest Mississippi (17th District – DeSoto, Tate, Panola, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha Counties). McClure, 51, will serve out Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar’s term due to her recent appointment to the State Supreme Court. His term is effective July 10, 2007, and ends January of 2009.
“Jimmy’s outstanding credentials as a well-qualified, conscientious judge make him the perfect choice for this position. I’m pleased that Jimmy has accepted this important role, and I know he will continue to be an asset to Mississippi’s judicial system,” Governor Barbour said.
McClure has spent more than 15 years working in the legal profession. Since 1992, McClure has worked as partner with McClure & Shuler, a general practice law firm that handles business, criminal, family, and government law. He has served as Sardis Municipal Court Judge and Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem for Southaven, Batesville, Marks, Como, and Crenshaw for the past 12 years, and currently teaches paralegal studies as an adjunct professor at Northwest Community College.
Professionally, McClure is a member and past president of the Mississippi Municipal Judges Association and Panola County Bar Association, and he also serves as a member of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. McClure has attended various legal conferences, including the National Judicial College; Mississippi Judicial College Seminar for DUI Training; and the Mississippi Municipal Judges Seminar. In 2006, McClure was a featured speaker at the Mississippi Justice Court Judges Seminar.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi, McClure holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a law degree from the institution. He is married to the former Sydney Kirksey of Tupelo.
Governor Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, which reviews the qualifications of potential judicial appointees in accordance with Executive Order 914, found McClure fully qualified to serve in this post.