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Governor appoints Ishee to Mississippi Supreme Court

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Gov. Phil Bryant announced his appointment of Judge David M. Ishee to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Ishee’s appointment is effective Sept. 18th.

He will replace Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson, who has accepted the appointment of Commissioner of Mississippi Child Protection Services.

“Judge Ishee’s extensive experience in presiding over cases for more than two decades in Mississippi will serve him well on our state’s highest court,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am pleased he has agreed to accept this appointment.”

Ishee said he looks forward to working as a Supreme Court judge.

“It’s a great honor to be appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. It has been something I have aspired to for most of my career, and I greatly appreciate the governor’s confidence in me,” said Ishee.

Ishee graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1985 with a bachelor of science in history.

He also attended the  University of  London and received his  Juris doctorate from the  University of Mississippi School of Law.


At the age of 29, in 1993, he was appointed municipal court judge for the city of Pascagoula, making him the youngest municipal court judge in Mississippi.

Ishee was appointed in 2004 to the Mississippi Court of Appeals by then-Gov. Haley Barbour.

During that time, Ishee was appointed by the chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court to chair the Criminal Section of the Model Jury Instructions Revision Committee,  which revised the  Criminal Model  Jury Instructions for the circuit courts of Mississippi.

He has also served as a special circuit court judge and chancellor in numerous counties by appointment of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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