By Joe Rutherford/NEMS Daily Journal
The 7,000-member Mississippi Bar Association on Friday named Tupelo attorney Guy W. Mitchell III, its president-elect designee.
He will become president in 2013 after serving a year as president-elect, beginning this July.
Mitchell, whose grandfather founded the 36-member firm bearing his family name for more than a century, was chosen by the full membership in a secret ballot distributed early this year, with results revealed Friday afternoon.
Mitchell, who said he was delighted and honored by the selection, will succeed President-elect Lem Adams, a Jackson attorney who becomes president in July, succeeding President Hugh Keating, a Gulfport attorney.
The bar’s convention has been held for many years in Destin, Fla., and Mitchell will start his new role during the business session of the convention today.
Mitchell said the presidency rotates among the three historic geographic divisions of the state – south, central and north.
Mitchell, who is a graduate of Tupelo High School, Vanderbilt University and the University of Mississippi Law School, has practiced law since 1972 in Tupelo and served after law school graduation in 1968 in the Judge Advocate General corps of the U.S. Navy.
In the voting revealed Friday, Saltillo attorney Jason Herring was elected to the association’s Board of Commissioners, part of the governing structure.