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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of Reuben V. Anderson

February 21, 2002     Video

Reuben V. Anderson is a past president of the Mississippi Bar Association. He is a partner in the Phelps Dunbar firm in Jackson. A graduate of Tougaloo College, Anderson received a juris doctor degree from the Ole Miss law school in 1967. He returned to the law school in fall 1995 as a visiting professor, holding the Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government. Anderson served as a justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1985-1991. Prior to that, he spent three years as a circuit court judge for the 7th Circuit Court District, four years as a county court judge for Hinds County and two years as a municipal judge for the City of Jackson.

He began his professional career practicing with the law firm Anderson, Banks, Nichols & Stewart, 1968-1977. His early experience included an eight-year stint, 1967-1975, as the Mississippi associate counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. A longtime member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Anderson also is affiliated with the American Bar Association, the Hinds County Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association, and U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association. A member of the 100 Black Men of Jackson, Anderson was the Mississippi co-chair of President Bill Clinton's re-election committee in 1996. A past chair of Leadership Jackson, he serves on numerous boards, including BellSouth, Atlanta, Georgia; the Kroger Company, Cincinnati, Ohio; American Arbitration Association; and Mississippi Chemical Corporation.

In Jackson, Mississippi, Mr. Anderson is on the board of directors of Trustmark National Bank, Jackson Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Enterprise Center, Jackson Zoo Inc., Mississippi Food Network, United Way of Capitol Area Inc., Nature Conservancy, and Metro Crime Commission. Anderson is also a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and a trustee with the Ole Miss Alumni Association, Piney Woods Country Life School, R.H. Green Foundation, Tougaloo College, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Mississippi.

Mr. Anderson is married to the former Phyllis Wright and they have two children, Vincent and Raina Anderson-Minor.