By Patsy R. Brumfield | NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Lydia Quarles, a former state workers’ comp judge, qualified today to seek a seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Quarles, 59, said in late 2011 she’d be a candidate after the news that Justice George Carlson of Batesville will retire at the end of his term this year.
Last week, Batesville attorney Richard “Flip” Phillips qualified for the non-party race on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Quarles is in private law practice with the firm Mozingo Simpson Quarles PLLC in Starkville and is a part-time senior policy analyst for the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University.
May 11 is the deadline to qualify for the race.
Quarles earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi University for Women and her law degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
After clerking for the Alabama Supreme Court, she practiced law briefly in Birmingham then returned to Columbus.
In 1993, she became an administrative law judge for the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, and 81/2 years later was appointed commissioner.
She left MWCC in October of 2006 to return to private law practice in Starkville.
The supreme court seat represents multiple counties in roughly the northern third of the state.