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

Photo of James H. Herring

September 30, 2004     Video

James H. Herring of Canton, Mississippi is currently serving as the Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Law degree from the University of Mississippi, Chairman Herring then did his graduate study in tax law at New York University. He has also attended The Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia and completed prerequisite courses which enabled him to attain the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He served three years on active duty and twenty-one years in the U.S. Army Reserves. His thirty-two years of legal practice include extensive experience in criminal law, general trial practice in State and Federal Courts in Mississippi and elsewhere; Public Service Commission litigation involving franchise rights and rates charged by utilities, and municipal annexation litigation.

He is also an acknowledged expert in litigation involving public and private water and wastewater companies. After being appointed by Governor Fordice to the Mississippi State Personnel Board in 1996, Governor Fordice then appointed him to the Mississippi Court of Appeals in 1997. While serving on the Court of Appeals, Judge Herring participated in over 1,000 decisions on the merits and personally authored numerous majority opinions, a number of which were published. Chairman Herring currently maintains his legal practice, Herring, Long and Crews, P.C., in Canton, Mississippi.

Chairman Herring is a native of Canton, Mississippi where he resides with his wife, Beverly. Chairman and Mrs. Herring have a son, James, and two daughters, Caroline and Christine.

He is also currently serving as an Elder and Trustee at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton and is a member of the Presbytery Judicial Council.