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Supreme Court reappoints three to Board of Bar Admissions

October 12, 2020

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reappointed three members of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions.

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Chief Justice Mike Randolph signed the reappointment order on Sept. 24.

Attorneys Anthony R. Simon of Jackson, Kristopher A. Powell of Hattiesburg and Joseph D. Neyman Jr. of Hernando will serve three-year terms set to end Oct. 31, 2023.

Presiding Justice Jim Kitchens reappointed Simon from the Central Supreme Court District. Simon has served on the Board since November 2011.

Justice Robert P. Chamberlin reappointed Neyman from the Northern Supreme Court District. Chief Justice Randolph reappointed Powell from the Southern Supreme Court District. Neyman and Powell have served on the Board since September 2017.

Simon has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners since 2016. He previously served on the Mississippi Bar Admissions Committee on Character and Fitness. He is a member of the firm Simon & Teeuwissen PLLC in Jackson. He earned a degree in accounting from Howard University and a law degree from Howard University School of Law.

Neyman practices law in Hernando. He serves as municipal judge of Southaven, and previously served as municipal judge for the city of Hernando. He has served as legal counsel to DeSoto County and the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department. He earned a Bachelor of Public Administration degree, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Powell serves in the Office of General Counsel of the University of Southern Mississippi. He previously was a member of the law firm Bryan Nelson PA in Hattiesburg. He earned a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a law degree, with honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

The Board of Bar Admissions administers the rules and statutes governing admission to the practice of law in Mississippi. The Board oversees the preparation, administration and evaluation of two bar examinations each year. The Board also, in conjunction with its Committee on Character and Fitness, oversees the investigation and evaluation of the character and fitness of each person who applies to become a member of the Mississippi Bar.