Administrative Office of Courts
Judicial oath ceremonies scheduled in Madison, Rankin and Hinds counties
December 17, 2018
Judicial oath ceremonies are scheduled for Dec. 18 in Madison County, Dec. 19 in Rankin County, and on Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 in Hinds County.
Here is the schedule of oath ceremonies:
The new judicial terms begin on Jan 1, 2019.
Forty-two new judges across the state will take their oaths of office in ceremonies scheduled during the next three weeks. New judges include three new Court of Appeals judges, 20 new Chancery Court judges, nine new Circuit Court judges and 10 new County Court judges.
Arthur, 42, has been an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit District of Madison and Rankin counties for almost eight years. He previously served as assistant district attorney in the Ninth Circuit Court of Warren, Sharkey and Issaquena counties for more than three years. He is a graduate of Mississippi College and Mississippi College School of Law.
Odom, 43, has served as Pearl city prosecutor for a year and a half, since July 1, 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in psychology. He earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Peterson, 54, served as Hinds County District Attorney 2001–2007. She served as a family master in Hinds Chancery Court 2009-2018. She earned a bachelor of science degree from Jackson State University and a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
Wooten, 44, served in the Mississippi House of Representatives for the past 10 years, representing District 71 of Hinds and Rankin counties. She served as assistant public defender in Holmes County for the past 15 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alcorn State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
McDaniels, 52, served as executive director of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center for the past three years. He was a Jackson city prosecutor for 13 years, and also served as Utica Municipal Court Judge. The Port Gibson native earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Jackson State University and a law degree from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Martin, 46, served as attorney for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors for about six years. She previously served as special master in Hinds County Chancery Court, and as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Hinds County. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Spelman College, a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She is past president of the Magnolia Bar Association. She is a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees. She was chair of the Hurricane Katrina Relief Committee of the Mississippi Association for Justice and is a member of the Board of Governors. She is the minority delegate for the state of Mississippi to the American Association for Justice.
Grove, 39, is president-elect of the Capital Area Bar Association, CABA. The Mississippi Women Lawyers Association named her Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year in 2018. She was chair of the Women in the Profession Committee of the Mississippi Bar for two years. She previously served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Leslie Southwick when he was a member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, then as law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Donna M. Barnes. She is a graduate of the Honors College at the University of Southern Mississippi, and earned a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
A list of investiture ceremonies around the state is at this link: https://courts.ms.gov/Ceremonies.php