Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal

November 23, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed three new members to the Bar Complaint Tribunal and reappointed three members.

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New members joining the Tribunal are Gulfport Municipal Court Judge Robert Fant Walker and attorneys Alicia S. Hall of Jackson and Robert E. Quimby of Tupelo. Reappointed to the Tribunal are Circuit Judge Joseph H. Loper Jr. of Ackerman, Mississippi College School of Law Associate Professor Donald E. Campbell and attorney James E. Lambert III of Gulfport. Judge Loper, Campbell and Lambert have served on the Tribunal since January 2019. The new terms are set to begin Jan. 1, 2022, and extend through Dec. 31, 2024.

Chief Justice Mike Randolph signed the appointment order on Nov. 5 with the unanimous agreement of all members of the Supreme Court.

Members of the Complaint Tribunal hear and decide disciplinary matters arising out of complaints against attorneys. Discipline may range from private reprimand to disbarment. Decisions from the Complaint Tribunal may be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Actions by the Complaint Tribunal are final if not appealed.

The 27-member Complaint Tribunal is made up of nine judges and 18 lawyers selected by the nine members of the Supreme Court from three Supreme Court districts. The Complaint Tribunal sits in panels of three, with each panel comprised of two attorneys and one judge.

Judge Walker has been a Gulfport Municipal Judge for 12 years. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in the Second Circuit District that includes Hancock, Harrison, and Stone counties. He served as a law clerk for the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Hall, Senior Counsel with Entergy, is a member of the company’s legal regulatory team, representing Entergy Mississippi in matters before the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Before joining Entergy, she was in private practice in the Jackson area for seven years. Hall graduated from the College of Charleston with degrees in psychology and political science. She received her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law, magna cum laude. While in law school, Hall served as an extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson. Hall served as 2017-2018 president of Jackson Young Lawyers. She currently serves on the boards of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Quimby practices law with the firm of Mitchell, McNutt, & Sams in Tupelo. His practice areas include litigation, governmental and corporate representation, and estate planning. He served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Hernando 2014-2020. Quimby is admitted to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee. He is a board member of Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity and Reed Manufacturing Company Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from Millsaps College and a Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law, where he served as executive editor of the Mississippi College Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Board.

Judge Loper was appointed as a Circuit Judge of the Fifth Judicial District on Feb. 10, 1993. The district includes Attala, Carroll, Choctaw, Grenada, Montgomery, Webster and Winston counties. He previously served as Mayor of Ackerman. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Professor Campbell joined the Mississippi College School of Law faculty in 2008. He teaches courses including ethics and professional responsibility, property, wills and estates, land use and planning, and construction law. He was voted Law School Professor of the Year 2009-2010 and 2015-2016. He coauthored a treatise on legal and judicial ethics in Mississippi with the late Jeffrey Jackson entitled Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Mississippi Lawyers and Judges, published a textbook on ethics entitled Professional Responsibility & Ethics: Readings, Notes & Questions, currently in its fourth edition, and is an editor of the Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Second Edition. He serves on the Ethics Committee of the Mississippi Bar. He served as a law clerk to Judge Leslie H. Southwick of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in political science from University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts in political science and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida, and a law degree, summa cum laude, from Mississippi College School of Law.

Lambert practices law in the firm of Balch and Bingham in Gulfport. He represents private and public entities and individuals in civil litigation defense including medical malpractice, personal injury, excessive force, employment discrimination and commercial and construction disputes. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2012, and to the West Virginia Bar in 2019. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mississippi State University and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.