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Armis Hawkins Collection

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To celebrate the opening of the Armis Hawkins Collection, the Archives & Special Collections will host a program on the former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice on Thursday, July 1st at 5:30 p.m. in the Faulkner Room. U.S. District Judge Michael Mills, Oxford attorney Hal Freeland, and Political Papers Archivist Leigh McWhite will describe the life & career of Hawkins, count down his top ten most significant judicial opinions, and discuss the importance of judicial collections in general, and Hawkins in particular. Although the general public is invited, members of the state bar can earn one-hour of Continuing Legal Education credit by attending.

Two display cases in the third floor hallway outside the Archives & Special Collections currently feature material from the Armis Hawkins Collection.

Hawkins won election to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1980 and acquired a reputation as a principled and independent jurist, a prolific author of opinions, and an excellent leader. He served as Chief Justice from 1993 until his retirement in 1995. During this period, Hawkins guided the state judiciary through significant reforms with the creation of the appellate system and the Administration Office of the Court. The collection consists of material related to Hawkins' tenure on the bench. Researchers will particularly value notes taken by the judge during private court deliberations. The finding aid for the Armis Hawkins Collection is available online at

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