Hinds County Chancellor Denise Owens will be honored for her work as a trailblazer for other women lawyers. A press release from the Mississippi Supreme Court says Judge Owens is the 2016 recipient of the Susie Blue Buchanan Award.
The annual award presented by the Mississippi Bar's Women in the Profession Committee, honors an outstanding woman lawyer who has achieved professional excellence and has actively paved the way to success for other women lawyers.
The award is named for Susie Blue Buchanan, who a century ago became the first woman lawyer admitted to practice before the Mississippi Supreme Court. The award will be presented at a luncheon during the Mississippi Bar Convention in Destin, Florida, on July 14.
According to the press release from Beverly Pettigrew Kraft, Public Information Officer for the court, when Judge Owens was elected to the Hinds County Chancery bench in 1989, she and Judge Patricia Wise became the first African American female chancellors in the state.
Judge Owens said,
“It is truly an honor to be awarded the Susie Blue Buchanan Award," said Judge Owens. "When I started practicing law, I was mindful of the great responsibility inherent in practicing law, but also the great responsibility of being a role model as an African American female attorney. As a role model, I hope to encourage young women to pursue their dream of being an attorney.”
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