By Associated Press - Saturday, March 5, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi’s newest state Supreme Court justice will be ceremonially sworn in Monday.

Separate ceremonies will be held for Dawn Beam at First Baptist Church in Gulfport and at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Beam, previously a chancery court judge from a district covering Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River and Perry counties, joined the court Feb. 16. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Beam to the post covering the Southern District. Justice Randy Pierce resigned Feb. 1 to become director of the Mississippi Judicial College, which trains judges and court officials.

Beam’s current term runs out at year’s end, and an election will be held to fill the nonpartisan post in November.

Bryant is scheduled to speak at both ceremonies and Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will administer the ceremonial oath.

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