By Press Reports
An investiture ceremony for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Josiah D.
Coleman was set for 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lafayette County Courthouse in
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. was set to welcome
and recognize guests. Speakers set for the event were former Supreme Court
Justice Jim Roberts, who now serves as a Circuit Judge, and State Auditor
Retired Court of Appeals Judge Thomas A. Coleman, Justice Coleman’s father,
was set to administer the oath of office. Justice Coleman’s wife, Ashleigh
B. Coleman, was set to assist with the enrobing.
Lafayette County Sheriff Buddy East was set to open court and lead the
Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Alan Cochet, pastor of College Hill Presbyterian
Church, was set to the invocation.
Justice Coleman, 40, of Toccopola, was sworn in and began his duties on the
Supreme Court on Jan. 7. It is traditional to have a formal investiture
ceremony at a later time.
Justice Coleman is the second member of his family to serve on the
Mississippi Supreme Court. He is the grandson of the late Gov. J.P.
Coleman, who also served on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. J.P.
Coleman served briefly as a justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court,
resigning to accept appointment as state attorney general. Thomas A.
Coleman, Justice Coleman’s father, was one of the original members of the
Mississippi Court of Appeals when the intermediate appellate court began in
Justice Coleman previously practiced law for 12 years, first in Tupelo,
then in Oxford.
He grew up in Choctaw County, near Ackerman, and graduated valedictorian
from Ackerman High School. He graduated cum laude from the University of
Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy. He
earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law,
where he served as treasurer of the Moot Court Board and the Criminal Law
He worked as a policy research intern in the office of the Secretary of
State before starting law school. After earning his law degree, he served
for almost two years as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan
Alexander in Oxford.
He serves as a volunteer firefighter on the Toccopola Volunteer Fire
Department in Pontotoc County. He is a member of the board of deacons at
College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford, and a member of the board of
directors of the non-profit organization The International Guest House in