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Chief Justice Randolph to speak to Brookhaven civic clubs today

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will be the guest speaker today at noon at a joint meeting of Brookhaven civic clubs.

Brookhaven Servitium Club, Rotary Club and Lions Club will host Randolph at Mitchell’s at 1203 Hampton Drive.

Randolph is the leader of the Mississippi judicial branch of government. He became chief justice of the Supreme Court Feb. 1. He currently is the longest serving member of the state Supreme Court, having been appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour  on April 23, 2004. He was first elected in November 2004, and re-elected in November 2012, for another eight-year term.

He was decorated for heroism in Vietnam, where he served as an air traffic controller with the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One. He was honorably discharged in 1967. During law school, he received an appointment as a Reserve officer in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. He is a graduate of the Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was honorably discharged in 1975.

He graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a B.S. degree in business administration in 1972. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1974, where he served as president of the Law School Student Body.

He began practicing law in 1975 in Biloxi with the firm of Ross, King and Randolph. He practiced with the firm of Bryan, Nelson, Allen and Schroeder in Pascagoula, Biloxi and Gulfport. He opened a Hattiesburg office for Bryan, Nelson, Allen and Schroeder in 1976, where he later formed the firm of Bryan Nelson Randolph, PA., serving as President and CEO until his appointment to the Supreme Court.

He has homes in Hattiesburg and Ocean Springs.