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Symposium On The Future Of Mississippi And The South Being Held In Honor Of The Ninetieth Birthday And Public Service Of Former Governor William F. Winter
February 13, 2013

In recognition of former Governor William F. Winter’s ninetieth birthday and many years of public service, the law firm of Jones Walker is hosting a symposium and celebration on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum. The public and media are invited to attend and participate.

 The symposium will consist of a panel discussion on The Future of Mississippi and the South in the House of Representative Chambers of the Old Capitol Museum, where William Winter was inaugurated Governor in 1980. The panelists will include Jim Barksdale, Beverly Wade Hogan, Charles Overby and Jesse White, four native Mississippians who have made major contributions to the progress of the state and nation.

“Governor William Winter is a true statesman in every sense of the word and has given tirelessly of himself throughout his career. His unwavering passion for education reform and racial reconciliation is still evident today as he continues to be a champion of these issues. He has undoubtedly shaped the history of the state of Mississippi through his leadership and foresight. Jones Walker is proud to be hosting this event in honor of such a distinguished Mississippian,” remarked William H. Hines, firm Managing Partner.

Mr. Barksdale is a nationally known industrialist and business leader; Dr. Hogan is president of Tougaloo College; Mr. Overby is the Pulitzer Prize winning former editor of The Clarion-Ledger and former chairman of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and Dr. White is the former chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

William Winter, was governor of Mississippi from 1980 to 1984, and held numerous public and civic positions. He served for more than fifty years as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History and was instrumental in the founding of the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi. Currently, he is special counsel with Jones Walker.

Randall Wall, Winter’s longtime colleague, had this to say about him, “In public service to both Mississippi and the nation, William F. Winter has shown us how to pursue a just and prosperous future in an honorable way - a way that has required energy and courage and perseverance. His vision is based on a respect for and faith in his fellow citizens when given opportunity. This event is an opportunity for us to express our respect and thanks to this remarkable person.”

Following the symposium, a birthday celebration will be held in the Chancery Court Room on the first floor of the Old Capitol Museum.

Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P., with more than 375 attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of legal services to a national and international corporate client base through offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.