Alexander gets new term as magistrate

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander of Oxford has been reappointed to a new eight-year term.
Her reappointment was posted as a court order Tuesday, but it was signed Aug. 9 by Chief District Judge Michael P. Mills.
The new term starts Nov. 17.
Alexander’s qualifications were considered across several months by a citizens panel appointed by Mills. It unanimously recommended her reappointment.
She was the first woman to hold the position in Mississippi, appointed in 1994. She was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in May 1978 after earning her law degree from the University of Mississippi.
Alexander is a 1973 graduate of William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., and clerked two years for then-Chief U.S. District Judge William Keady in Oxford after graduation from law school. She was in private legal practice until her appointment as magistrate judge.
The U.S. district judges supervise the activities of the magistrate judges by assigning civil cases for jury or non-jury trial upon consent of the parties and for pre-trial matters. Similarly criminal cases are assigned to magistrate judges on the consent of the parties, except for the trial of felony cases.
Northern Mississippi’s other magistrate judges are Jerry A. Davis in Aberdeen and David A. Sanders in Greenville, who work with the three judges and two senior judges.