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Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal

September 9, 2022

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

New appointees include Chancellor Jennifer Schloegel of Gulfport, Judge Amy K. Taylor of Philadelphia and attorneys Jason D. Herring of Tupelo and Rachel Pierce Waide of Tupelo.

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Tribunal members who were reappointed include Hinds County Court Judge Johnnie McDaniels of Jackson, Desoto County Court Judge H. Craig Treadway of Hernando, Rep. Henry B. “Hank” Zuber III of Ocean Springs, and attorneys Mack A. Reeves of Jackson and Renee M. Porter of Columbia.

Chief Justice Mike Randolph signed the appointment order on Aug. 24 on behalf of the unanimous Supreme Court. The new three-year terms on the Tribunal began on Sept. 1 and will conclude on Aug. 31, 2025.

Judge McDaniels, Rep. Zuber, Reeves and Porter have served on the Tribunal since August 2019. Judge Treadway was appointed to the Tribunal in July 2020.

Members of the Tribunal hear and decide disciplinary matters arising from complaints against attorneys. Discipline may range from private reprimand to disbarment. Decisions from the Tribunal may be appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Actions by the 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 Tribunal sits in panels of three, with each panel comprised of two attorneys and one judge.

Rep. Zuber has been a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives since 2000, serving District 113, Jackson County. He is chairman of the House Insurance Committee. Other committee memberships include Banking and Financial Services, Judiciary B, Judiciary En Banc, Medicaid, Public Utilities and Ways and Means. He is a graduate of Millsaps College, and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Judge Schloegel also serves on the Committee on Continuing Judicial Education. She served last year on the task force which studied and made recommendations regarding Mississippi's domestic relations laws. She has served as a chancellor of the Eighth Chancery Court since January 2011. The district includes Hancock, Harrison and Stone counties. She practiced law for 19 years in the areas of business law, estate planning, wills and probate matters. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Judge McDaniels has served as a Hinds County Court Judge since January 2019. He was executive director of the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center for three years before his election to the bench. 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.

Judge Treadway has served as a DeSoto County Court Judge since February 2017. He served as DeSoto County prosecuting attorney 1999 until his 2017 appointment to the bench. Judge Treadway earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Judge Taylor has served as Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge since January 2020. She has served as Neshoba County Youth Court Referee and Special Master since 2001, and was appointed in July 2022 as Youth Court Referee and Special Master for Kemper County. She previously served for eleven years as attorney for the Philadelphia Public School District and for a year as county attorney for Neshoba County. She served for three years on the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, cum laude, with emphasis in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She worked for the law firm of Crosthwait Terney in Jackson for three years before returning to her hometown of Philadelphia to practice law in September 1997. She has a general law practice with emphasis on workers’ compensation defense.

Herring practices law in Tupelo with the firm of Herring Chapman, PA. His practice areas include general civil litigation, criminal law and domestic relations. He provides pro bono assistance at civil legal clinics that assist low income people in the First Chancery District. He served on the Board of Commissioners for the Mississippi Bar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Porter has practiced law at the Porter Law Firm in Columbia for 33 years, handling civil litigation, criminal defense and appellate practice. She serves as Youth Court Referee and Special Master in Marion County. She was vice-president of Southeast Mississippi Legal Services and vice-president of Marion County Habitat for Humanity. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where she was chairman of the Moot Court Board and served as a tutor for first year law students.

Reeves practices law in the Jackson area. His practice area includes personal injury, workers’ compensation, product liability and wrongful death. He attended Southwest Community College, where he played soccer and tennis. He earned his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law.

Waide is a shareholder in Waide & Associates, P.A. in Tupelo. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, including employment law, personal injury and medical malpractice. She served as president of the Lee County Bar Association, president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar, and president of the Lee County Young Lawyers. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Employment Law Section and the Litigation Section of the Mississippi Bar, and was a member of the Law School Relations Committee and the Seminars Committee. She was chair of the 75th Anniversary Committee of the Mississippi Bar. She is a past president of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. She was co-treasurer and secretary of the Tupelo Women’s Club. She served as a United Way fund distribution volunteer and was a member of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, summa cum laude, from Mississippi University for Women. She earned a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She was chair of the Moot Court Board and executive editor of the Mississippi Law Journal. She is a member of the Lamar Order at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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