Governor Phil Bryant Announces Appointment of James D. Maxwell II to Mississippi Supreme Court

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> Jackson, Miss. (Dec. 23, 2015) – Governor Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James D. Maxwell II to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
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> Maxwell’s appointment is effective Jan. 1. He replaces former Justice David Chandler, who Governor Bryant recently appointed Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Family and Children’s Services.
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> Maxwell, who lives in Oxford, has served on the Court of Appeals since 2009. Initially appointed by Governor Haley Barbour on February 2, 2009, Maxwell was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. On the Court of Appeals, Maxwell represented Northeast Mississippi’s District 1. On the Supreme Court, he will represent District 3, which encompasses Northeast Mississippi and most of Northwest Mississippi. The seat will be on the ballot in November 2016.
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> “I appreciate Governor Bryant’s confidence in me and am honored to represent North Mississippi on our Supreme Court,” Maxwell said. “Having worked both sides of the bench, I know the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. And I will work hard to continue to uphold the integrity of our state’s highest Court.”
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> Maxwell earned his undergraduate degree and juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He practiced civil law in Jackson before returning to Oxford to serve as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi.
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> As a federal prosecutor, he represented the United States Department of Justice in prosecutions and jury trials of public corruption and white collar fraud cases, as well as money laundering, drug trafficking, immigration, and gang-related crimes. He also handled appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
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> Maxwell served as Corporate Fraud Coordinator and participated on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He received various commendations from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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> “Judge Maxwell has seen the judicial system from all sides as an attorney in private practice, a former prosecutor and a Court of Appeals judge, and that experience makes him extremely qualified for the Mississippi Supreme Court,” Governor Bryant said. “I’m pleased he has agreed to accept this appointment, and I’m confident he will continue to serve the people of Mississippi well.”
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> Maxwell is past president of the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Lafayette County Bar Association, and Tri-County Young Lawyers. He has also served on the Board of Bar Commissioners, the Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Diversity in the Law Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. He is a graduate of Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi program and in 2007 was named “Top 40 Under 40” by the Mississippi Business Journal.
> Maxwell frequently lectures on appellate and trial advocacy, legal writing, and Mississippi’s judicial system. He and his wife Mindy have two children, Trip and Mae Covington. The Maxwells are active members of Oxford’s First Baptist Church.
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