Ann Hannaford Lamar is an associate justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. She was appointed to this position in 2007, elected in 2008 and her current term ends in 2016.
Lamar earned a B.S. degree in Education from Delta State University in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982.
Lamar began her legal career in 1982, working with her husband in a firm called Lamar & Lamar. In August of 1987, she became an assistant district attorney. She went back to her private law practice from 1993 through 1995 before returning to the position of assistant district attorney, which she held until through 1999. She then worked as a District Attorney until November of 2001, when she was appointed to the 17th Circuit Court.
Awards and Associations
- Board of Governors, Mississippi Judicial College
- 2008 Co-Chair, Commission for the Study of Domestic Abuse Proceedings
- 2006-07 Chairman, Conference of Circuit Court Judges
- 2005-06 Vice-Chairman, Conference of Circuit Court Judges
- Member and past President, William C. Keady American Inns of Court
- Former Member, Board of Directors, Mississippi Prosecutor's Association
- On November 4, Lamar defeated challenger Gene Barton, winning 62% of the vote.
Supreme Court agrees with Lamar's ruling
As a Circuit Court judge, Lamar decided that a state law requiring local governments to pay for indigent defense was constitutional. This decision was affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court. The ruling came from a suit filed against the state by Quitman County, which was forced to borrow money for the defense of two individuals sentenced to death in 1990.
- State of Mississippi Judiciary, Associate Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar
- Mississippi Litigation Review, "Miss. S. Court Rules that Statute of Limitations Begins to Run on Date of Discovery of Injury, Regardless of When Plaintiff Discovered its Cause", June 2, 2010
- State of Mississippi Judiciary, Press Release: Ann Lamar takes oath as newest Supreme Court justice, May 21, 2007
- Firehouse.com, "Mississippi Fire Chief Pleads on Embezzlement Charge", May 13, 2005