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MC School of Law Welcomes Judge Aycock for Graduation Speech

January 30, 2008

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock will deliver the commencement speech at her alma mater, the Mississippi College School of Law.

MC law dean Jim Rosenblatt on Wednesday announced the selection of the new federal judge to address the Class of 2008 during ceremonies at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson on Friday May 9. The spring commencement begins at 10 a.m.

In December 2006, U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott recommended Aycock to President Bush for the Northern District post. The U.S. Senate confirmed the Tupelo native to serve on the federal bench in October 2007. Aycock was sworn in during ceremonies at Itawamba Community College in Fulton on Jan. 11. She's the first female jurist from Mississippi to be nominated to the federal bench.

"Judge Aycock recently took the oath of office in an impressive ceremony and gave a remarkable speech that was well-received," Rosenblatt said. "I know she will have some good advice for our graduates."

"It is truly an honor to be asked to speak to the Mississippi College School of Law graduating class. As an alumnus of MC School of Law myself, I understand what the school means to the students, staff, and greater Mississippi community. I look forward to the opportunity to address the graduates, meet with students, and reminisce with the faculty during my visit," said Judge Sharion Aycock.

An excellent student more than two decades ago, Judge Aycock finished second in her graduating class of 1980 at the MC School of Law and was co-editor of the Law Review on the law campus a few blocks from the Capitol. Aycock, who grew up in Tremont, served as a circuit court judge for the First District of Mississippi since 2003 before becoming a federal judge.

"Judge Aycock has earned the respect and admiration of her fellow judges who have worked with her and who know her well," Cochran said when the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on Oct. 4,2007. "She will serve on the federal bench with great distinction."

Cochran spoke at her investiture at ICC's Davis Event Center in January. Chief Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District administered the oath of office to Aycock on that day.

Aycock, who received her bachelor's degree at Mississippi State University in 1977, worked in private practice for a number of years in Fulton before becoming a state court trial judge. She was the first woman to serve as president of the Mississippi Bar Foundation. The Mississippian maintains her judicial chambers in Aberdeen.

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