Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice James W. “Jim” Kitchens spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s September 15, 2020 meeting. Justice Kitchens is a lifelong resident of Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi. He was born on April 29, 1943, he graduated from Crystal Springs High School in 1961, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1967. Justice Kitchens was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2008. He was reelected in 2016. His current term will expire in 2025.

The video link to the September 15 meeting is https://vimeo.com/458679771.

Justice Kitchens related several stories from his 53-year long career as a lawyer. One of the stories was of a feud between two men who shot each other with 22 caliber pistols. One of the men was killed and the second was injured. Kitchens defended the wounded man who was shot in the cheek. The man was acquitted of a murder charge on a self-defense argument.


We thank Kitchens for his presentation to our club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown below during his presentation to the club from the Carrol Gartin Justice Building in downtown Jackson.