Jackson attorney Pat Bennett has assumed the position of President of The Mississippi Bar. The Bar is composed of more than 9,000 attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the State of Mississippi. Bennett becomes the 113th President of the association.
Bennett is serving as the Dean at Mississippi College School of Law. Bennett received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College and her Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law.
An experienced prosecutor, Bennett is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Assistant District Attorney for Hinds and Yazoo counties, and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi. For eight years she served as a JAGC officer in the U. S Army Reserve and the Mississippi National Guard. Bennett is a certified mediator.
Active in the legal profession, Bennett served a two-year term as President of the Charles Clark Chapter of the American Inns of Court and was recently appointed to serve on the American Inns of Court law school task force. Bennett served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of The Mississippi Bar in 1993 and in 2006-2009. She was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 1997 and served as a Trustee of the Foundation in 2000-2003. She is a member of the Capital Area Bar Association and served as president of the Hinds County Bar Association in 2001-2002. Bennett served as President of the Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association from 2006-2008 and is a Governor Emeritus. She is a member of Leadership Jackson Alumni Association and a board member. Bennett is a member of the Magnolia Bar Association, American Bar Association, Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, Metro-Jackson Black Women Bar Association, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, and the Capital Area Bar Association.
Active in The Mississippi Bar, Bennett served on the Ethics Committee, Professionalism Committee, Commission on Continuing Legal Education, Bench-Bar Liaison Committee, Fee
Dispute Resolution Committee, and the Bar President’s Forum Committee. Bennett served on the Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, the United States District Court Advisory Group for the Civil Justice Reform Act, and the Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Fairness. She received the Capital Area Bar Association Professionalism Award, the Hinds County Bar Association Outstanding Service Award, The Mississippi Bar Women in the Profession Committee Susie Blue Buchanan Award, the Mississippi Women Lawyers
Association Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year Award, the Mississippi College
Alumni Association Lawyer of the Year Award, the MC School of Law Professionalism in the
Field of Law Award, the Mississippi College School of Law Faculty Collegiality Award, and the
NAACP Jack Young Legal Award. Bennett received Mississippi College’s highest teaching award when she was voted by the entire university faculty as the 2014 Distinguished Professor.
Bennett worships at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Jackson and resides in Clinton with her husband Claude.
President of The Mississippi Bar Rick Barry of Meridian passes the gavel to incoming Bar President Pat Bennett of Clinton, pictured left.