Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis Announces Candidacy for Supreme Court
Veteran Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis announced his intention to run for the Mississippi Supreme Court, District 1, Place 3.
The Meridian native served as a Court of Appeals Judge for the last thirteen years with a legal career spanning nearly three decades. He is a Presiding Judge for the Court which is often referred to as the ‘work horse” court because of the volume of cases it handles. During his tenure, Griffis decided more than 8,000 cases and wrote more than 800 majority opinions covering all areas of the law.
Integrity, respect and a diligent work ethic are hallmarks of Griffis’ legal and judicial career. Those character traits were instilled in Kenny and his sister, Clair Huff, while growing up at the Masonic Home, now Hope Village. His parents, Clarice and Pete, served as Superintendents of the Masonic Home and made it their mission that every child got a fair chance in life and were treated with respect and dignity.
Griffis believes the people of our state deserve no less. “I want to be known as a judge who is fair to everyone, a judge who has the courage to do what is just regardless of personal consequences, and a judge who will use his values and principles to follow the law, not to mold it to his own personal desires. The Supreme Court must make sure the principle of law is understood, followed and applied in a fair and consistent manner throughout Mississippi,” said Griffis.
Griffis graduated from University of Mississippi with degrees in Accountancy and Law. Before law school, Griffis briefly practiced as a certified public accountant. After law school, Griffis began his law practice in Meridian. His practice focused on civil and business litigation. Griffis is the chair of The Mississippi Bar’s Bench Bar Liaison Committee and past chair of the Litigation and Practice Section. He is a former president of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association. Griffis is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all Mississippi state and federal courts. He currently serves on the Civil Rules Advisory Committee.
Kenny and wife, Mary Helen McCarty Griffis are the parents of five sons; they are active members of Christ United Methodist Church and reside in Ridgeland.
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