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

Chancellor Bennie Richard to take oath Dec. 28 in Greenville

December 19, 2018

An investiture ceremony for new 9th District Chancellor Bennie L. Richard will be held Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Circuit Courtroom of the Washington County Courthouse, 900 South Washington Avenue in Greenville.

Chancellor Richard’s wife, Circuit Judge Carol White-Richard, will administer the oath of office. The couple practiced law together before her election to the bench four years ago.

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jim Kitchens and retiring Hinds County Chancellor Patricia Wise will speak.

Chancellor Richard grew up in Jackson and graduated from Murrah High School. He attended Tougaloo College on a Presidential Scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

He moved to the Delta after he was admitted to the practice of law in 1997. He was an associate in the law firm of Charles Victor McTeer for eight years, then formed his own law firm. His practice included representation of school districts, municipalities, housing authorities and private clients. He served as a Family Master in Chancery Court.

Across the state, 42 new judges 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. New judicial terms begin on Jan. 1, 2019.

A list of investiture ceremonies around the state is at this link: