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Leslie D. King (born January 17, 1949) is a justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Leslie D. King
Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Assumed office
February 23, 2011
Appointed byHaley Barbour
Preceded byJames E. Graves, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1949-01-17) January 17, 1949 (ageĀ 70)
Alma materUniversity of Mississippi
Texas Southern University School of Law

Early life and educationEdit

King graduated from Coleman High School in Greenville, Mississippi in 1966 and then attended the University of Mississippi.[1] When King graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1970, he was one of only three African American students in his graduating class.[1]

King earned his Juris Doctor from Texas Southern University School of Law in 1973.[2]

King has worked as a lawyer in private practice, as a municipal-court judge, as a public prosecutor and as a public defender. In 1979, King was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, serving from 1980 to 1994. In 1994, King was elected to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, where he served until his appointment to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2011. King is only the 4th African American to serve as a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice in the state's history.[3]

Judicial serviceEdit

On February 23, 2011, Governor Haley Barbour appointed King to the Mississippi Supreme Court.[2]


  1. ^ a b Editorial (February 24, 2011). "Court: Leslie King an excellent choice". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Schaefer, Ward (February 24, 2011). "Barbour Taps Leslie King for Supreme Court". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
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