- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Leslie D. King is being honored Friday with the Chief Justice Award.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will present the award during Mississippi Bar Convention in Sandestin, Florida. The annual award recognizes an individual whose work has improved the judicial system.

King has served 19 years as a Mississippi appellate judge. He was elected to the Court of Appeals in 1994 and began hearing cases in January 1995. He was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court on March 1, 2011.

King served for 15 years in the House of Representatives. He is a former Washington County Youth Court counselor, prosecutor and public defender, and former Metcalfe Municipal Judge.

King graduated from the University of Mississippi and Texas Southern University School of Law.

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