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The Capital Area Bar Association and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association will hold their annual “Evening Honoring the Judiciary” on Thursday, May 18, 2017. The event will again be held at the Country Club of Jackson, beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. This year’s event will pay tribute to the critical role of this co-equal branch of government in ensuring and preserving the rule of law established under our Federal and State constitutions. In addition, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. will provide a preview of the judicial branch’s role in upcoming celebrations of the State’s bicentennial.
The Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, has graciously agreed to provide the keynote address for the event. He became Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2012, after having been appointed to the Fifth Circuit by President Clinton in 1994.
Chief Judge Stewart graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans before earning his juris doctor from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, and Suffolk University School of Law. He is a charter member of the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz Chapter of the American Inns of Court in Shreveport, Louisiana, and currently serves as President of the American Inns of Court. He is a member of the American, National, Federal, Louisiana, and Shreveport Bar Associations, and the Federal Judges Association. He is a past chair of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and a member of the National Bar Association Judicial Council and the Just the Beginning Foundation of African-American Federal Judges.
Chief Judge Stewart is a frequent speaker, having participated in events from the America’s 400th Anniversary Rule of Law Conference in Jamestown, Virginia, to the Magna Carta Celebration and Rededication of the American Bar Association Memorial in Runnymede, England in — to give only two examples. He also has authored a number of publications on topics central to the practice of law and to the role of the judiciary, including Contemporary Challenges to Judicial Independence, in Loyola Law Review (1997); Balancing Professionalism, Ethics, Quality of Life and the Successful Practice of Law, in Southwestern Legal Foundation’s Proceedings of the 45th Annual Institute on Labor Law Developments (1999); and Abuse of Power & Judicial Misconduct: A Reflection on Contemporary Ethical Issues Facing Judges, in the University of St. Thomas Law Journal (2003).
Please join CABA and JYL on May 18th in this annual celebration to honor our State and Federal judiciary, as well as the recipients of the organizations’ annual outstanding service, pro bono and professionalism awards. We are looking forward to an evening of fellowship with colleagues over cocktails, a delicious meal, and hearing from Chief Judge Stewart and Chief Justice Waller.