Fireside Chat | Justice Leslie King

President LaForge speaks with Justice Leslie D. King from the Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi.

“Justice King is a native of Greenville, and he was our guest speaker for the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, this past Wednesday, where he discussed perspectives on social justice in our state.”

Justice King has had a distinguished career in both the legislative and judicial branches of government. He served in the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1980-1994, and his leadership roles included serving as vice-chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1994, and Governor Haley Barbour appointed him to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2011. Justice King has a wealth of knowledge about Mississippi’s legal system, and his dedication to public service is admirable.

LaForge and King discuss how growing up in the Mississippi Delta influenced King’s career in law. They also discuss some of the biggest changes King has seen in the Delta over the years. Justice King describes what a day in the life of a Supreme Court Justice is like, although he mentions they are never the same.

Announcements regarding upcoming events follow the discussion.

“We have a couple of big events coming up that I want to make sure are on your calendar.  The second annual Go Green Weekend will take place March 27-29. It is sure to be a fun event as areas across campus join forces to create a spring extravaganza for prospective students,  current students, alumni, fans, and the Delta community. The campus will be alive with entertainment, sports, food, and a lot of fun and fellowship.

“Following that weekend is Winning The Race, our second annual award-winning diversity conference. Register online now at to attend the conference, which is scheduled for March 30th and 31st. For more information on any of these events, please check out the university calendar at”

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