Justice Dawn Beam Takes Ceremonial Oath

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Newly-appointed Justice Dawn Beam is the fourth woman to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court and the second woman on the current court. As News 25’s Kristen Durand shows us, today she took a ceremonial oath at an investiture ceremony in Gulfport.
The Gulfport High School choir set the tone at First Baptist Church in Gulfport as Mississippi State Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam took a ceremonial oath after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of former Justice Randy Pierce. “It’s just an opportunity to just commit myself publicly to serving on this court and doing my very best to make a difference in our state,” said Justice Beam.
Appointed by Governor Phil Bryant, the governor says her experience as a county prosecutor and chancery court judge qualify her for the position and he’s happy to add another female perspective to the nine seats on our state’s Supreme Court. “I think she’s going to do a marvelous job. Quite honestly, it’s good to have more women on the courts. Sometimes they have a different position to come from and making decisions regarding civil and criminal matters,” said Governor Bryant.
Justice Beam says it’s her passion for children that brought one of her two investiture ceremonies to Gulfport. “Harrison County has the largest number of children in custody in foster care in Mississippi and certainly Hancock County has been struggling as well and I think it’s great to be right here where we can begin making a difference.”
The Supreme Court term for District 2, position 2 expires December 31st. Justice Beam says she’s had her running shoes on ever since she received the appointment. “I want to make sure to connect with as many people in the 27 county area so that they know and have confidence in me and in my ability to serve them on the court.”

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