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Judge Kenny Griffis was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court on February 1, 2019. He previously served as Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, and as a Presiding Judge. He was a member of the Court of Appeals for 16 years.
Judge Griffis is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. He earned accounting and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. He attended Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University - Meridian Branch. He was a Certified Public Accountant from 1984 through 2007.
Judge Griffis is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and all Mississippi state courts. He is a member of The Mississippi Bar, the Magnolia Bar Association, the Madison County Bar Association, the Capital Area Bar Association, and the Rankin County Bar Association. Judge Griffis is also a member of the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Judge Griffis currently serves as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Committee on Continuing Judicial Education. He has also served on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Civil Rules, as Chair of the Bench Bar Committee of The Mississippi Bar, and the Committee on Electronic Filing and Case Management Systems. Judge Griffis serves as adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law and the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Judge Griffis and his wife, Mary Helen, are the parents of five boys. They live in Ridgeland and attend Christ United Methodist Church. Judge Griffis has served as a youth Sunday School teacher, a Cub Scout leader, and a coach for over 80 youth sports teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey.