Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

Judge Ishee takes oath of office

September 27, 2004

Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee after he took the oath of office Monday said the court’s mission is to deliver justice to all, and he will fulfill his oath to do that.

“The Court of Appeals exists for one reason: to make sure every man, woman or child, regardless of race, creed or color, can walk into any court in Mississippi and receive a fair trial,” Judge Ishee said.

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie D. King administered the oath of office to Judge Ishee shortly after 1 p.m. Monday in a brief ceremony at the Woolfolk Building in Jackson.

Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Judge Ishee on Sept. 3 to the vacancy created by the July 4 death of Judge James Thomas. The Governor in introducing Judge Ishee today said his criteria for judicial appointees includes not only the capacity to understand and interpret the law, but also a reputation for integrity and fairness.

Judge Ishee, 40, is a resident of Gulfport. He served as youth court judge pro tem for Jackson County for five years, from 1993-1998. He served for six years as a municipal judge in Pascagoula and, most recently, five years as municipal judge in Gulfport. Judge Ishee was the senior municipal judge in Gulfport before his appointment to the Court of Appeals.

Judge Ishee spent 13 years in private practice with his father-in-law, Elmo Lang, in Pascagoula and two years with the firm of Franke, Rainey & Salloum, PLLC in Gulfport.

Judge Ishee earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is former president of the Jackson County Young Lawyers Division and of the Jackson County Bar Association. He served for two years as adjunct professor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.