Thad Cochran and Judge Charles Pickering will be the guests of honor
at The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Criminal
Justice awards banquet April 3. The 33rd annual event starts at
7 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center.
a former District Court judge recently appointed by Pres. George
W. Bush to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, will receive
the Charles Marx Man of the Year award. Cochran will give the keynote
very fortunate to have two guests present as prestigious as Sen.
Cochran and Judge Pickering," said Dr. Donald Cabana, professor
of criminal justice.
that in the past, the department's banquet has featured governors
and Supreme Court judges, "so we always try to get somebody
who is a significant person on the political landscape."
Sen. Cochran, you've got his Senate experience, his seniority and
influence in Congress. We're very excited to have him coming to
our banquet," he said.
A native of
Laurel who practiced law there for 29 years, Pickering became a
federal judge in the Southern District of Mississippi in1990.
chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party in the 1970s, and he
served two terms in the Mississippi State Senate. He has also served
as president of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and is a member
of the board of directors of the Federal Judges Association.
his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law,
graduating with the highest grades in his class.
Pickering embodies everything for which the banquet's Man of the
Year award stands. "Judge Pickering has had a long and distinguished
career in the state Legislature, as a prosecutor, as a district
attorney, as a jurist. He has made significant contributions to
the criminal justice system both on the bench and in the Legislature."
year we try to pick someone who has made great contributions over
a long period of time, and no one is more deserving of that than
Judge Charles Pickering," he said.
criminal justice students will be recognized for their scholastic
endeavors, and several awards will also be given to criminal justice
practitioners. "The Distinguished Service awards go to people
who have made significant contributions to the criminal justice
system over the years as practitioners," Cabana said.
$20 for students and $25 for nonstudents. They can be purchased
through the Criminal Justice Department until Friday, April 2. For
more information or to purchase tickets, call (601) 266-4509.