JACKSON—Governor Phil Bryant announced today that he has selected Purvis attorney Rhea Sheldon chancery judge in south Mississippi’s 10thChancery Court District, which holds Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, and Perry counties.
Sheldon takes the place of Judge Dawn Beam, who was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court by Gov. Bryant in December 2015. Her work will begin February 22.
“Mrs. Sheldon’s diverse private practice experience will serve the people of the Tenth District well,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am thankful she has agreed to serve on the chancery bench, and I know she will continue the good work of Judge Dawn Beam.”
She has been worked in private law practice in Mississippi for 13 years, and has worked as a member of Sheldon & Parker, PLLC, in Purvis since 2009. Sheldon oversaw all litigation matters handled by the firm and was lead trial counsel on all contested domestic matters. She is a member of the Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Bar Associations.
“I am overwhelmed by the confidence Gov. Bryant has shown me by my appointment to chancery judge. Judge Dawn Beam and her predecessor Judge Sebe Dale were well respected by our bar and served the citizens of the 10th Chancery District with honor and character,” Sheldon said. “I look forward to this opportunity and will strive every day to follow in their footsteps to fulfill the office of chancery judge with the respect, honor, and integrity the seat holds and am humbled to be able to serve the citizens of the 10th Chancery District.”