Areas of Expertise:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics
  • Trusts
  • Domestic Relations
  • Torts
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Chancery Court Practice
  • Mississippi Local Court Practice
  • Education Law
  • Children in the Legal System
  • Wills and Estates

N. Shelton Hand, Jr.


Professor of Law




  • J.D. University of Mississippi (1967), Oxford , MS
  • B.A. Mississippi College (1965), Clinton, MS


Military Service:


  • U. S. Naval Submarine Service, 1958 - 1961


Professional Experience:


  • Professor of Law, Mississippi College School of Law, 1975 - present
  • Associate Member, 1967 - 1969, Law Firm of Odom, Odom, and Pittman, Greenwood, MS
  • Associate Member, 1969, Law Firm of Daniel, Coker, Horton, and Bell, Gulfport, MS
  • General Counsel, Mississippi College, 1969 - 1993
  • Legal Consultant to Southern Baptist Colleges, Universities




  • Chapter on Employment Law in Higher Education for Yearbook on Law of Higher Education, 1979
  • Paper on The Federal Government and Private Education in America - Delivered in Boston - June, 1979
  • Paper on Collective Bargaining and State Action Delivered in Boston - June, 1979
  • Paper on Selection, Retention and Promotion of Higher Education Faculty. Univ. of Ga., July, 1979
  • Author, MISSISSIPPI DIVORCE, ALIMONY AND CHILD CUSTODY, Published, 1981, by The Harrison Company, Law Book Publishers, from 1981 to 2002. Now published by WEST/THOMSON LAW PUBLISHERS. Book now in 6th Edition, with annual supplements. Book now published by Thomson-West Law Publishers Sixth Edition written in Summer, 2002. Sixth Edition published by WEST-TOMPSON law book Publishers. This book is also on the Internet for legal research.
  • Author - Annual Supplements and New Editions to MISSISSIPPI DIVORCE, ALIMONY AND CHILD CUSTODY (With Forms)
  • Author - an additional book on local court practice in Mississippi Courts. 1700 pages of manuscript as of December, 2005.
  • Paper on Legal Liability in the Class Room Mississippi College Faculty Forum - 1984
  • October, 1990, served as Member of First Delegation of American Lawyers to visit Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Austria . Studied Judicial Systems of these three Countries, with emphasis on Family Law. Visited the Supreme Courts, Parliaments, Ministries of Justice, National Academies of Science, Law Schools and National Attorneys General.
  • Author of Article in Miss. Lawyer, 2003 Keepers of the King's Conscience (on Chancery Court)




  • Legal Affairs Commission, Education Commission Of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Legal Affairs Committee of Christian College Coalition
  • National Assn. College and Univ. Attorneys
  • National Organization on Legal Problems of Education
  • Chair, Southern Baptist Law Deans Conference
  • Vice Chair, Law School Self Study Committee




  • Mississippi State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • LeFlore County Bar Association (Secretary)
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Jackson Junior Bar Association (Former)
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (Former)




  • Listed in "Best Lawyers in America" several years


Professional Organizations:


  • Mississippi State and Supreme Courts
  • Federal District Courts, Mississippi
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U. S. Supreme Court


University Committees:


  • College Publications
  • College Employees Credit Union
  • Title IX
  • Administrative Counsel
  • Self-study for SACS
  • NCAA Special Investigative Committee, Chairman


Law School Committees:


  • Academic Standards
  • Admissions
  • Student Services
  • Alumni and External Relations
  • Academic Program
  • Rank and Tenure
  • Law Journal
  • Faculty Handbook
  • Library Development


Civic Activities:


  • Member, Miss. Farm Bureau
  • County Chairman , Easter Seals, LeFlore County
  • Cancer Drive , Greenwood , MS , Area Chairman
  • Miss. Economic Council
  • Miss. Jaycees - Chairman of National Winner Program
  • 1969 Outstanding Farmer of the Year
  • President of Miss. Jaycees Community Development Council
  • Secretary, Greenwood , MS , Jaycees
  • State Candidate for Secretary of State, Mississippi
  • Served as Delegate of National Conference of
  • International Woman's Year - 1977
  • Served as Delegate to National Conference
  • International Woman's Year - 1977
  • Revised Charter for Andrew Jackson Council of Boy Scouts Of America
  • Chair, Miss. Economic Council for State Gov't Reorganization
  • Speaker, Miss. Economic Speakers Bureau
  • Scout Master, Key West , Florida
  • Scout Master, Charleston , S. C.
  • Rotary Club of Jackson , Miss.
  • Rotary International




  • Member, Christian Businessmen's Committee, MS
  • Member, Finance Committee, MS Religious Leadership Conference
  • Leadership Conference, MS Baptist
  • Member, First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
  • Deacon and Sunday School Teacher
  • Lay Speaker




  • Deer and turkey hunting, fishing (deep sea and freshwater), camping, horses, cattle, travel, time with wife, grand-children, and family.