Chief Justice appoints Judge Bruhl to Commission on Judicial Performance, names Judge Curry as alternate member
December 17, 2019
Chief Justice Mike Randolph has appointed Walthall County Justice Court Judge Ryan Bruhl as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance, and appointed Forrest County Justice Court Judge Wes Curry as an alternate member of the Commission.
Their six-year terms will begin Jan. 1, 2020.
Judge Bruhl takes the Commission position previously held by Hinds County Justice Court Judge Jimmy Morton. Judge Curry takes the Commission alternate position previously held by Warren County Justice Court Judge Edwin Woods Jr.
The Commission on Judicial Performance investigates allegations of judicial misconduct and makes recommendations for discipline to the Supreme Court. The Commission includes seven members and seven alternates. An alternate member sits on a disciplinary panel when a member has a conflict.
Judge Bruhl has served as a Walthall County Justice Court Judge since January 2016. He was appointed Municipal Judge of Tylertown in 2014. In 2018, Chancellor Debbra K. Halford appointed him to serve as Family Master, Special Master for Commitments, and Youth Court Referee for Walthall County. He is a partner in the law firm of Foxworth, Shepard & Bruhl, P.A., in Columbia.
Judge Bruhl earned his law degree, cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law in 2011.
Judge Bruhl is a past president of the Walthall County Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Walthall County Dairy Festival and Christmas in the Park. He is a member of the Varnel Masonic Lodge and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Mississippi Community College Alumni Association. Most recently, he was asked to participate in the Walthall ASPIRE team training through the Mississippi Development Authority.
Judge Bruhl and his family attend Tylertown Baptist Church.
Curry was elected as a Forrest County Justice Court Judge in 2011. He was appointed as Hattiesburg Municipal Judge in August 2017. He practices law with Curry & Curry PLLC in Hattiesburg.
Judge Curry served as president of both the Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers and the South Central Mississippi Bar Association. He serves as the SCMBA representative on the board of Mississippi Legal Services, and on the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners.
Judge Curry attended the University of Mississippi for both undergraduate and law school. During law school, he served as a law clerk for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael Sullivan. He later served as a law clerk for Judge Billy Bridges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.
Judge Curry is a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he has served as a deacon and currently serves as an elder.