Governor Barbour

May 13, 2011


Gov. Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of former Hinds County Circuit Judge Ermea Russell to the Mississippi Court of Appeals effective May 23.

Russell replaces Justice Leslie D. King, who is now a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice. Russell will represent District 2, Position 2 on the appellate bench for the remainder of the term, which ends in January 2013. The seat represents the Second Court of Appeals District.

"Judge Russell has a solid reputation and great knowledge of our legal system, and I appreciate her willingness to serve the state on the Court of Appeals," Gov. Barbour said.

Russell currently practices at the Russell Law Firm in Jackson. Previously, she worked as a senior trial attorney for the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Russell was appointed by Gov. Kirk Fordice as a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge and served from 1998-99. She also has served as the Secretary of the Mississippi Senate, the chief counsel to Lt. Gov. Eddie Briggs and Assistant Commissioner of Intercultural Relations at the Institutions of Higher Learning.

Russell has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1973 and holds the rank of Colonel. She is a veteran of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She has earned several awards and decorations including the Bronze Star and the Global War on Terrorism and Expeditionary, Meritorious Service and Joint Service Commendation medals.

Russell is a member of the Mississippi State Bar, Charles Clark Inns of Court, the Women’s Lawyers' Association and the Southern Association of Mediators. She is a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners and the Governor’s Judicial Reform Commission in 1997.

Russell earned both a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of West Alabama and a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. She is a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church. She has two children, a daughter, Ayla, and a son, Mark.