Justice Robert P. Chamberlin of Hernando joined the Mississippi Supreme Court on Jan. 3, 2017. Justice Chamberlin was elected in a runoff election on Nov. 29, 2016, to an open seat on the Supreme Court.
Justice Chamberlin served for 12 years as a circuit judge of the 17th Circuit District. Then Gov. Haley Barbour appointed him to the 17th Circuit bench on Nov. 24, 2004. The district includes DeSoto, Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate and Yalobusha counties. In 2006 he co founded the 17th Circuit Drug Court with then-Circuit Judge Ann Lamar. He served as chairman and vice chairman of the Conference of Circuit Judges.
He was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 1999, and served Senate District 1 of DeSoto County for five years. He was vice‑chairman of the Universities and Colleges Committee from 2000 to 2003 as well as chairman of the Elections Committee in 2004. He was selected as Legislator of the Year by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association in 2003. While serving in the Senate, he attended by invitation the National Security Seminar held at the United States Army War College.
He served as Municipal Court Judge for the City of Hernando from 1991 to 1999. He served as Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Horn Lake in 1992. He also served as a Special Master in Chancery Court. Shortly after he graduated from law school, he went to work for what was to become the Austin Law Firm in Hernando and later formed Chamberlin Nowak, P.C. He was in private law practice for 14 years, and served as attorney for the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors for four years. He is a member of the American Inns of Court.
Justice Chamberlin was born April 6, 1965. He graduated from Hernando High School in 1983. He attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College and later graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1990.
Justice Chamberlin is a lifelong resident of north Mississippi and is married to the former Kim White. They have one son, William. They attend the United Methodist Church in Hernando.