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MC Law Grad Rachel Wilson Selected to Lead the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance

MC Law graduate Rachel L. Wilson leads the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.
MC Law graduate Rachel L. Wilson leads the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.

Rachel L. Wilson is the new executive director of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. Her appointment became effective July 1.

A 2000 Mississippi College Law School graduate, Wilson served as the commission’s senior staff attorney. A major in the Mississippi Air National Guard, the Mississippian also serves as the assistant staff judge advocate for its 172nd Air Wing in Jackson.

Rachel “brings the rare blend of institutional knowledge and fresh energy and ideas to the position,” says commission chair Kent McDaniel, a Rankin County Court Judge.

She’s transitioning from the senior prosecutor position, and brings two decades of litigation experience to the commission office in Jackson this summer.

The commission prosecutes instances of judicial misconduct. The agency serves as a resource for judges by teaching continuing judicial education courses and speaking at seminars.

“I have been given the extraordinary opportunity to lead an agency whose mission is an incredibly laudable one,” Wilson said. “I do not take that opportunity or responsibility lightly and look forward to serving the Commission in its endeavor to protect the integrity of the judiciary.”

MC Law Dean Patricia Bennett is proud of Rachel and salutes her appointment.

“She will lead and manage with compassion to protect the judiciary and the public,” Bennett said Wednesday. “She knows how to balance the interests of both sides to ensure a just outcome.”

Her appointment, the MC Law dean added, will “ensure a well-trained and fair judiciary. The purpose of the Commission is to be rehabilitative and educational as well as disciplinary. Rachel is well qualified and deserving of this appointment.”

Rachel Wilson received a bachelor’s of arts and master’s of English at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

The Mississippi attorney is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts, the Choctaw Trial Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition, Wilson served as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and as a volunteer teacher at law enforcement academies.

MC Law alumni offered their congratulations to Rachel Wilson on her new post at a key state agency.

The Jackson-based commission was created in 1979 by the Mississippi Legislature and the state’s voters by a constitutional amendment.