(JACKSON, Miss) – On April 15, 2011, Congressman Bennie Thompson and other community, judiciary, and bar leaders will honor the appointment of Carlton W. Reeves, a native of Yazoo City, as United States District Judge. Judge Reeves, who was nominated for the federal judiciary by President Barack Obama on April 28, 2010, was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 2010 to serve as an Article III Judge in the Southern District of Mississippi. Louis Guirola, Jr., Chief Judge of the District, will preside over the investiture, and Senior District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr., who also hails from Yazoo City, will administer the oath of office.
The Investiture Ceremony will be held at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium on the campus of Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St., Jackson. The public is invited to attend the Investiture, which will be webcast on Jackson State University’s website, www.jsums.edu.
“I am honored and deeply humbled to be given a lifetime to adjudicate life changing cases,” Reeves noted. “This investiture is a very proud moment for my family, Jackson State University, the citizens of Yazoo City, and the Magnolia Bar Association.”
Judge Reeves is a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989. Upon his graduation, he clerked for Justice Reuben Anderson of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He practiced with the Phelps Dunbar law firm before serving in the U. S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of Mississippi as Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of the Civil Division, where he both supervised the daily trial and appellate litigation efforts of the attorneys.
He served nationally on the Department of Justice, Civil Chiefs Working Group and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Immediately prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Reeves was engaged in the private practice of law with Pigott Reeves Johnson, P.A., a law firm he founded in 2001, where the focus of his practice was state and federal litigation. He also served as a Special Master with the Hinds County Chancery Court.
Judge Reeves is a former President of the Magnolia Bar Association and Magnolia Bar Foundation. He has also served as Commissioner of the Mississippi Board of Bar Commissioners.
The public is invited to attend the Investiture which is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The Investiture also will be webcast on Jackson State University’s website, www.jsu.ms.edu.