|Mississippi Supreme Court|
|Title: || Chief Justice|
|Position: || District 1, Position 1|
|Salary: ||$126,000 (Presiding Judge $124k)|
|Active: || 1996-2020|
|Chief: || 2009-2020|
|Past position: || Judge, Jackson municipal court, Mississippi|
|Past term: || 1995-1996|
|Past position 2: || Partner, Waller and Waller|
|Past term 2: || 1978-1995|
|Born: || February 9, 1952|
|Undergraduate: || Mississippi State University|
|Law School: || University of Mississippi, 1977|
|Candidate for: ||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Election date: ||November 6, 2012|
|Election vote: ||55%|
William L. Waller, Jr. is the chief justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He serves District 1, Place 1. He was elected to the court in November 1996 and his current term ends in 2020. Waller assumed the position of chief justice in January 2009.
Waller received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1977.
Presently assigned to the Retired Reserve, Justice Waller served over 29 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard.
Awards and associations
- 2005: Chief Justice Award
- Member, Stennis Institute Advisory Board, Mississippi State University
- Chairman, Mississippi Public Defender Task Force
- Judicial Innovation Award, Hinds County Bar Association and Jackson Young Lawyers Association
Waller was re-elected on November 6, 2012, defeating Rep. Earle Banks by winning 55% of the vote.
- See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2012
- See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Waller received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.04, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.69 that justices received in Mississippi. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- State of Mississippi Judiciary, William L. Waller, Jr.
- Project VoteSmart, Chief Justice William L. 'Bill' Waller, Jr. (MS)
- The Dispatch, "Judges Aycock, Waller address MSU grads," May 2, 2010
- Mississippi Injury Lawyer Blog, Mississippi Showdown- Guv v. Mississippi Supreme Court, January 30, 2010
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 State of Mississippi Judiciary, William L. Waller, Jr.
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, Chief Justice William L. 'Bill' Waller, Jr. (MS)
- ↑ The Mississippi Press, "Newcomer Josiah Coleman wins seat on Mississippi Supreme Court," November 7, 2012
- ↑ MS Secretary of State's Office 2012 Candidate Qualifying List
- ↑ Clarion Ledger, "State rep files to run against Miss. chief justice," May 11, 2012
- ↑ Mississippi Secretary of State, "Certified election results," accessed December 28, 2012
- ↑ Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012