Governor Bryant Appoints Judge Dawn Beam to Mississippi Supreme Court

JACKSON–Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Judge Dawn Beam to the Mississippi Supreme Court to fill the unexpired term of Justice Randy Pierce who is stepping down effective Jan. 31, 2016. Beam’s appointment will begin Feb. 15, 2016, and will run until the position is filled by election to be held in November 2016.

“I am pleased to appoint Judge Beam to the Mississippi Supreme Court,” Gov. Bryant said. “Her experience as a Chancery Judge, prosecutor, and a private practice attorney will be valuable in this role. Her work earlier in her career at the Mississippi Department of Human Services dealing with federal compliance and protecting the children of Mississippi will be beneficial to the Court, and I know she will serve the citizens of Mississippi well.”

Since 2010, Beam has been a Mississippi Chancery Judge for the 10th District presiding over cases in Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, and Marion counties. Prior to becoming Chancery Judge, Beam was the Lamar County prosecutor from 2007 to 2010, and her duties had a heavy emphasis on collaborating with social workers and youth service officers to protect abused and neglected children.

“In this holiday season, we have so much for which to be thankful. It is an honor to be part of the judicial system and to help citizens resolve their differences in a peaceful manner,” Judge Beam said. “I look forward to continuing that work on a larger scale. I am humbled and honored by Gov. Bryant’s appointment.”

Beam engaged in private practice in Hattiesburg, Miss., for 16 years earlier in her career, and also held the position of Child Support Attorney from 1989 to 1994 with the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) previous to her private practice. Her duties at MDHS included drafting legislation to comply with federal regulations and other administrative functions. She also led a Hinds County Task Force on enforcement techniques to increase child support collections.

Beam holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in business from the University of Mississippi and earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

She is a member of Sumrall United Methodist Church in Lamar County, Miss., and is married to Dr. Stephen Beam. They have five children. Beam is also the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gene Henderson.