By JOEL McNEECE
Judge Jim Roberts, of Pontotoc, will be the featured speaker at the Bruce Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Feb. 24.
The banquet will be held at First Baptist Church in Bruce. Awards for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, and Chamber Member of the Year will be presented during the event.
Call the chamber office at 662-983-2222 for tickets.
Roberts has worked in Mississippi’s legal system for more than 28 years, serving as a chancery and youth court judge; State Supreme Court Justice; special judge; circuit judge; and municipal judge. In addition to state service, Roberts, a native of the Robbs Community, practiced law from 1971 to 1984 in Pontotoc, where he handled issues such as land and transactions, wills and estates, and family law. During this period, he simultaneously served as the county’s Prosecuting Attorney and Youth Court Prosecutor.
From 1984 to 1988, Roberts was Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety, where he supervised agencies such as the state Highway Safety Patrol, Bureau of Narcotics, and the Crime Laboratory.
In 2000, Roberts became an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Southern Mississippi where he later served as a non-tenured professor. For the 2001-2002 academic year, Roberts was awarded the Distinguished Criminal Justice Faculty Member award.
Roberts, who founded the Law Offices of Phillip L. Tutor, P.A. in 1971, is listed in the Mississippi Bar Directory of Mediators and served during 2006 and 2007 as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Annexed Committee on Mediation.
Roberts was inducted as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation in 2002. He has been actively involved in a variety of professional and community organizations, including the Pontotoc County, First Judicial District, Mississippi and American Bar Associations; Mississippi Prosecutors’ Association; Mississippi Conference of Judges; National Council of Family and Youth Court Judges; Pontotoc Rotary Club; Sons of the American Revolution chapter based out of Bruce, and the Mississippi Historical Society.
Roberts graduated from Millsaps College with a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree at Mississippi State University. He received a law degree from the University of Mississippi and completed the General Jurisdiction Course at the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada-Reno. Roberts has three stepchildren with his wife, Rose; together, they have eight grandchildren.