We Welcome Judge Carlton W. Reeves
On Tuesday, October 20th, the SMBHC will welcome US District Court Federal Judge Carlton W. Reeves as our keynote speaker for our second of three virtual honors fall convocations.
Judge Reeves will enable us to engage the second of our three questions as he discusses his judicial opinions that have been heralded nationally. We will look at the calls for reform and transformation of our criminal justice system through the eyes of his story and with a significant time for Q&A.
This webinar will be open to all honors faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Please click the link (https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/96063582412) and join us on 10/20 at 7pm.
United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, a native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, assumed office on December 30, 2010. Immediately prior to his nomination by President Barack Obama, Judge Reeves was engaged in the private practice of law with Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A., a law firm he co-founded in 2001. The focus of his practice was state and federal litigation where he represented individuals, public institutions and private businesses.
Judge Reeves’s career began as law clerk to Justice Reuben V. Anderson of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He also served as staff attorney to the court, and then was an associate with the Phelps Dunbar law firm (1991-95) before serving as Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Civil Division for the Southern District of Mississippi (1995-2001). As Chief, Reeves served on the Department of Justice Civil Chiefs Working Group and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice.
A 1986 graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, and the University of Virginia School of Law (1989), Judge Reeves, a member of the American Law Institute, is a former President of the Magnolia Bar Association and Magnolia Bar Foundation. He has also served on the Mississippi Bar Board of Commissioners. Judge Reeves has been twice awarded the Magnolia Bar’s highest honor, the R. Jess Brown Award and received the Mississippi Bar’s Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award as well has the Hind County Pro Bono Award. He was name Distinguished Jurist of the Year (2014-15) by the Mississippi Association of Justice and received the Mississippi State University Department of Political Science & Public Administration and the Pre-Law Society Distinguished Jurist Award (2016). In 2019, Judge Reeves was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law.
Judge Reeves, and his (late) wife, Lora, have one daughter.
(Photo by Christina Cannon Foto)