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Nov. 15 retirement ceremony to honor Chief Judge Lee

October 30, 2018


Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will be honored at a retirement ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Retired Chancellor W. O. “Chet” Dillard

The ceremony will be held in the Court of Appeals Courtroom on the first floor, with a reception to follow. Judge Lee will retire Dec. 31 after 20 years of service. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed him as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals on March 3, 2011.

Judge Lee, of Jackson, was first elected to the Court of Appeals in No-vember 1998 and took office in January 1999. He was a presiding judge for six years.

Judge Lee was born in Poplarville and grew up in Lamar County. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi and the former William Carey College, now William Carey University. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from William Carey and a law degree from the former Jackson School of Law, now Mississippi College School of Law.

Judge Lee was honored as Mississippi College School of Law’s 2004 Lawyer of the Year. The Mississippi House of Representatives in 2004 passed a resolution honoring him for his judicial service and for teaching and mentoring students. The University of Southern Mississippi honored him with its Juris Sodalitas Distinguished Public Servant Award in 2007. William Carey University named him to the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014. Mississippi College School of Law presented an Honorary Master of Laws to Judge Lee in 2009, and honored him with the Outstanding Judicial Service Award in 2015.

Judge Lee is married to Renee Simon Lee. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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