FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2007
INVESTITURE HELD FOR GOVERNOR’S APPOINTEE TO THE SUPREME COURT
LAMAR IS THE THIRD WOMAN TO SERVE ON THE HIGH COURT
(SENATOBIA, Mississippi) – Keynoting her investiture ceremonies today, Governor Haley Barbour heralded the experience and qualifications of Supreme Court Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar, who he named as the third woman to serve on the high court.
“By serving as a prosecutor and judge, Ann has already displayed that she has the wherewithal to handle this demanding level of public service. She’s smart, has the respect of her peers and brings a wealth of credentials to the table. I am confident that she will follow in Justice Cobb’s footsteps as a dedicated and conscientious member of the state’s highest court,” Governor Barbour said.
Justice Lamar, 54, a former district attorney before becoming a Circuit Court judge in Mississippi's 17th District, will serve out an unexpired term, which ends in January 2009. Justice Lamar’s appointment was effective May 21, 2007, when she officially took the oath of office before members of the Supreme Court in Jackson.
In keeping with tradition, today’s ceremonial administering of the oath by Chief Justice James W. Smith, Jr. and formal investiture was held in her hometown of Senatobia. Charlie Williams, the Governor's chief of staff, served as the master of ceremonies and Circuit Judge Andrew C. Baker also spoke. The ceremony, which was open to the public, was held at the Tate County Courthouse.
"It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court,” Justice Lamar said. “I want to thank Governor Barbour for tapping me for this challenging new position. I am excited about the opportunities it will bring forth. I am particularly excited about sharing this experience with friends and colleagues in my home district through this investiture ceremony."
Lamar has more than 25 years of legal experience. Since 2001, she has served as a Circuit Court Judge in the district covering DeSoto, Tate, Panola, Tallahatchie, and Yalobusha counties. Prior to this position, she worked as district attorney and assistant district attorney in the 17th Judicial District; from 1982-1987, she practiced law with Lamar & Hannaford, P.A., a general practice law firm in Senatobia.
Lamar earned a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she finished in the top 25 percent of her graduating class. She also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Delta State University in 1974.
She is the daughter of former Chancery Judge Leon Hannaford of Senatobia. She and her husband John have two adult sons, Trey and Vance.