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Oral history with James L. Roberts, Jr.; 2002

Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection



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Oral history.; Interview conducted September 19, 2002; September 26, 2002; October 3, 2002; October 17, 2002; and October 31, 2002. Honorable James Lamar Roberts Jr. was born in the Robbs Community in Pontotoc County on June 8, 1945. He received his education from the Pontotoc public schools, Millsaps College (BA, 1967), Mississippi State University (MBA, 1968), and the University of Mississippi (JD, 1971). He is a graduate of the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, 1988. Roberts practiced law in Pontotoc from 1971 to 1984, while serving as county prosecuting attorney and youth court prosecutor from 1972 to 1984. From 1984 to 1988, Roberts was the Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety, supervising the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Mississippi Crime Laboratory, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy, Medical ExaminerΓÇÖs Office, and Bureau of Narcotics. In 1988, Roberts was appointed Chancellor in the First Chancery District, where he was elected and re-elected for consecutive terms. In 1992, Roberts was elected to the Mississippi Supreme Court to commence in 1993, and he was Governor FordiceΓÇÖs first appointment to the Mississippi Supreme Court to complete the unexpired term of retiring Justice James Lawton Robertson. He served as the Supreme Court member of the Board of Governors of the Mississippi Judicial College and as a member of the Mississippi Bar Foundation Board of Governors.

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