Governor Barbour

Jan. 4, 2011


Gov. Haley Barbour announced today he has appointed Deborah J. Gambrell as 10th District Chancery Court Judge. A vacancy was created when Judge James H.C. Thomas Jr., who died Oct. 1, won a majority of the votes cast in the Nov. 2 election.

Gambrell, currently in private practice in Hattiesburg, is a 1972 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, with a Bachelor of Science degree. She studied law at Mississippi College, receiving her Juris Doctorate with Cum Laude distinction in 1978. With 25 years of trial experience, Gambrell also has served as a justice court judge in Forrest County since 1980.

"Mrs. Gambrell's legal experience and community involvement show a deep commitment to the law and the people of the 10th District," Gov. Barbour said. "I thank her for her continuing commitment to public service by accepting this appointment."

Gambrell is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, and the South Central Bar Association, having served as president in 2000, and a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation since 2005. She is a former president of the Family Y.M.C.A, and she currently serves on the board of directors. Gambrell also is an elder in the Pineview Presbyterian Church.

She was honored as Woman of the Year by the Hattiesburg Women's Forum in 2005, by the Hub City Business and Professional Men’s Club in 1978 and 1980, and by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5397 in 1990. In 1995, Gambrell received the Challenge of Great Leadership Award from the Hattiesburg Public School District in recognition of her public service and support of public education.

The Chancery Court District 10, Place 1 position includes Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties.