Judge Carlton Reeves to speak at JSU Department of Political Science awards banquet

Spencer McClenty

Judge Carlton Reeves

U.S. District Court Judge and Jackson State University alumnus (’86) Carlton Reeves will be the guest speaker at the JSU Department of Political Science’s annual end-of-the-year awards banquet at 5:30 p.m., April 18, at the JSU Student Center Ballroom A. The department will recognize outstanding students and faculty, as well as honor African-American judicial and legal trailblazers in Mississippi.

Reeves, a partner in the law firm of Pigott, Reeves, and Johnson P.A. in Jackson, was appointed by President Barack Obama and sworn in last December. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1995 to 2001, where he was chief of the Southern District’s civil division.

 “There also will be several awards given at the banquet such as Best Student Worker, Best Grade Point Average and the Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Community Service,” said Byron D. Orey, Ph.D, chair of the Department of Political Science.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to interact with various local and national political professionals, several of whom also will receive awards during the event.

 “We have designated the first hour of the event as a network period where the awardees can tell their stories and give advice to students face to face,” Orey said.

The banquet is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the JSU Department of Political Science at 601-979-2136.


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