William Newman, J.D.

Instructor of Paralegel Studies and Political Science

After many years of active law practice, Billy Newman joined the Southern Miss Political Science faculty in 1993, teaching in both the paralegal studies and political science programs.  He regularly teaches American Government, Great Issues in Politics, State & Local Politics, Legal Research, Commercial Law, and Equity/Chancery Practice.


Mr. Newman received his undergraduate degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1986 and was inducted into the University Hall of Fame. Upon graduation he was awarded the Silver Bowl Award for the Top Graduating Scholar.  He then earned his juris doctorate in 1989 from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he was an Eastland Scholar, Articles Editor of the Mississippi Law Journal, an officer on the Moot Court Board, and President of the Law School Student Body.  Upon graduation he was awarded the Dean’s Distinguished Award.


As an attorney, Mr. Newman practiced extensively in wills and estate planning, business acquisitions, and commercial litigation (representing clients as varied as Newsweek magazine, the Iranian government, General Electric, Dairy Queen International, and the Mississippi Baptist Convention).  He also developed one of the state’s most noted practices in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, & copyrights).  During the summer and Christmas breaks, Mr. Newman still lectures extensively on intellectual property, estate planning, and recent legal developments to lawyer groups in six states.


Students in Mr. Newman’s political science classes quickly learn of his passion for the study of American Presidents – a passion he has held since childhood.  He is currently planning a series of documentary films on the history of the American presidency that will be produced by The One House Publishing Company.


Billy and his wife, Charissa, are members of Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg and are active boosters of downtown Hattiesburg’s development and many other civic projects.  His oldest son Will is a Presidential Scholar at Tulane University, and his youngest son Sam is a Luckyday Scholar here at Southern Miss.

 Mr. Newman's Curriculum Vitae (4page PDF)