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Areas of Expertise:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Evidence
  • Experts
  • Mediation
  • Pretrial Practice

 

Patricia W. Bennett

 

Professor of Law

 

Director of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Center

 

 

Education:

 

  • J.D., Mississippi College School of Law
  • B.A., Tougaloo College

 

 

Professional Experience:

 

  • Professor of Law, 1989-present.
  • Mediator, Certified with The Mississippi Bar, 1999-present.
  • Special Assistant District Attorney, Hinds and Yazoo Counties, Mississippi, 1993-1998.
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, United States Department of Justice, Jackson, Mississippi, January 1990.
  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, United States Department of Justice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1987-1989.
  • Assistant District Attorney for Seventh Circuit Court District (Hinds and Yazoo Counties), State of Mississippi, 1982-1987.
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, Justice Department, State of Mississippi, 1980-1982.

 

 

Lectures & Publications:

 

  • Lecturer, Deprivation of Liberty: Search and Seizure, Mississippi Public Defenders Conference, 2009 and 2010.
  • Lecturer, Empowering Women for the Profession, Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series, 2010.
  • Lecturer, Direct Examination and Cross-Examination, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference Annual Seminar, 2009.
  • Foreword, Introduction to Criminal Law, Nored, 2009.
  • Lecturer, Effective Use of Experts, Expert Reports and Documents, Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference Annual Seminar, 2008.
  • Mississippi Practice Series ,  Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law, Chapter 23, Criminal Law (authored with Mary Miller and Donald E. Campbell) 2001.
  • After White v. Illinois: Fundamental Guarantees To A Hollow Right To Confront Witnesses, 40 Wayne L. Rev. 159 (1993).

 

 

Professional Memberships:

 

  • The Mississippi Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association
  • Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Program Chair, American Inn of Court, Charles Clark Chapter, 2012-2013
  • President, Hinds County Bar Association, 2001-2002
  • Governor, Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, 2001-present
  • President, Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, 2006-2008
  • Trustee, The Mississippi Bar Foundation, 2000-2003, 2012-present
  • Fellow, The Mississippi Bar Foundation, 1997-present
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi Task Force on Gender Fairness, 1998
  • Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, 2000-2008
  • The Mississippi Bar Court Liaison and Judicial Administration Committee, 2000-2010
  • The Mississippi Bar Resolution of Fee Dispute Committee, 2004-2010
  • Board, Leadership Jackson Alumni Association, 2004-2006
  • Executive Committee of American Inn of Court, Charles Clark Chapter, 1999 - present

 

 

Honors & Awards:

 

  • Recognized as Hinds County Circuit Drug Court Judge in Tenth Year Anniversary Program, 2010.
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Faculty Collegial Award, 2010.
  • Mississippi College School of Law, BLSA Faculty of the Year Award, 2010.
  • Mississippi College, BLSA Outstanding Alumni Award, 2008.
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association, Distinguished Board Service Award, 2004.
  • Hinds County Bar Association, Outstanding Service Award, 2002-2003.
  •  Mississippi Bar Foundation, Appreciation Award for Service as Trustee, 2003.
  •  The Mississippi Bar, Women in the Profession Committee, Susie Blue Buchanan Lifetime Achievement Award, 2002.
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, 2002.
  • Mississippi College Alumni Association, Lawyer of the Year Award, 2001.
  • NAACP, Jack Young Legal Award, 1997.
  • Lecturer in Law - Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada Lectureship in Law, 1995-1997.
  • Mississippi College School of Law, Professionalism in the Field of Law Award, 1990.
  • Honored as a Woman of Achievement by Mississippi Women for Progress, 1988.