Judges Hannan, Johnson and Young Graham re-elected to conference leadership

May 18, 2018

Madison County Court Judge Ed Hannan has been re-elected as chairman of the Conference of County Court Judges. Washington County Court Judge Vernita King Johnson was re-elected as vice-chair and Lauderdale County Court Judge Veldore Young Graham was re-elected as secretary of the Conference.

Officers of the Conference of County Court Judges were elected by their colleagues on April 19 during the Spring Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in Bay St. Louis. Judicial conferences meet in April and October for continuing legal education training, and periodically during other times of the year to discuss legal and judicial issues. They make recommendations on issues affecting their courts.

Judge Hannan, of Madison, has served as conference chairman since 2015. Judge Johnson has been vice-chair since October 2004. Judge Young Graham began her service as conference secretary in April 2012.

Judge Hannan began his service as Madison County Court Judge in January 2007. He previously served for more than nine years as Madison Municipal Judge. He practiced law for 25 years before he was elected to the Madison County Court bench. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Judge Johnson, of Greenville, has served as Washington County Court Judge since 1999. She previously served as Hollandale Municipal Court Judge 1986-1994, Arcola Municipal Court Judge 1992-1998, and Greenville Municipal Court Jude 1996-1998. She served as Washington County Youth Court prosecutor 1981-1994. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Judge Young Graham, of Meridian, has served on the Lauderdale County Court bench since January 2007. She previously served for seven years as assistant district attorney and for two years as a public defender for the 10th Circuit Court District of Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties. She engaged in private law practice in Jackson before becoming a public defender. She has presided over the 10th Judicial District Drug Court since August 2009. She previously served on the State Drug Courts Advisory Committee.