Mississippi's first African American woman to sit on the Mississippi Appellate Court was formally sworn in today at the Gartin Justice building. Judge Ermea Russell was administered the oath of office this afternoon.
She was appointed by Governor Haley barbour to the Court of Appeals. The new Court of Appeals Judge fills the slot of Judge Leslie King who was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court. In fact Justice King administered the oath of office.
Judge Russell has an impressive resume in government work. She served as a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge after her appointment by Governor Kirk fordice. She worked as a staff attorney in the secretary of state's office and served as staff attorney for the Mississippi Senate.
The Flora resident was sworn in and began her duties May 20th. Today was her formal investiture ceremony