Judge Veldore Young Graham joins Commission on Judicial Performance

May 2, 2024

Lauderdale County Court Judge Veldore Young Graham of Meridian was recently appointed to the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Judge Jim Greenlee

House Speaker Jason White recommended Judge Young Graham to serve as the county judge member of the Commission to take the posi-tion previously held by Judge Richelle Lumpkin of Carriere. Judge Lumpkin was appointed to the 15th Circuit Court.

Chief Justice Mike Randolph signed the appointment order on April 11. Judge Young Graham will serve on the Commission until Dec. 31, 2026.

The Commission on Judicial Performance investigates allega-tions of judicial misconduct and makes recommendations for discipline to the Supreme Court. The Commission includes seven members and seven alternates.

Judge Young Graham has served on the Lauderdale County Court bench since January 2007. She serves in two judicial leadership posts. She has served as secretary of the Conference of County Court Judges since 2012, and as secretary of the Council of Youth Court Judg-es since 2017.

She served for seven years as assistant district attorney and for two years as a public defender for the 10th Circuit Court District of Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale and Wayne counties. She was the first African American female public defender for Lauderdale County, and the first African American assistant district attorney for Lauderdale County.