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Mary Libby Payne

Mary Libby Payne was American judge. Bar: Mississippi 1955.


  • Payne, Mary Libby was born on March 27, 1932 in Gulfport, Mississippi, United States. Daughter of Reece O. and Emily Augusta (Cook) Bickerstaff.

  • Education

    • Student, Mississippi University for Women, 1952. Bachelor in Political Science with distinction, University Mississippi, 1954. Bachelor of Laws, University Mississippi, 1955.


    • Partner Bickerstaff & Bickerstaff, Gulfport, 1955-1956. Secretary Guaranty Title Company, Jackson, Mississippi, 1957. Associate Henley, Jones, & Henley, 1958-1961.

      Freelance researcher Pearl, 1961-1963. Solo practitioner Brandon, 1963-1968. Executive director Mississippi Judiciary Commission, Jackson, 1968-1970.

      Chief drafting & research Mississippi House Representatives, 1970-1972. Assistant attorney general State Attorney General Office, 1972-1975. Founding dean, associate professor School Law Mississippi College, 1975-1978, professor, 1978-1994, scholar in residence, professor emerita, since 2003.

      Judge Mississippi Court Appeals, 1995—2001. Retired, 2001

      Member board distinguished alumnae Mississippi University Women, 1988—2000.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Mississippi 1955.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Christians should engage the culture through discipleship and through participation in the democratic political process in order to fulfill the kingdom mandate taught in the Bible.


    By Christ living within, and by the powerful work of the Holy Spirit, people can inadequately yet genuinely love and live in the spirit of God’s commands.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Every member of a Baptist Church should be delicate to other people and use appropriate language while communicating with others.


    Founder, board directors Christian Conciliation Service, Jackson, 1983-1993. Board directors Exchange Club's Child Abuse Prevention Center of Jackson, 1999-2001. Counsel Christian Action Committee Rankin Baptist Association, Pearl, 1968-1992.

    Advisor Covenant Ministerial Fellowship, 1995-2002. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member Mississippi Bar Foundation, Christian Legal Society (national board directors 1992-2001, Skeeter Ellis Service to Law Students award 1999, Lifetime Achievement award 2002).



    Public speaking, travel, needlepoint, sewing, reading.


    • Married Bobby R. Payne. Children: Reece Allen, Glenn Russell.
    • father: Reece O. Bickerstaff
    • mother: Emily Augusta (Cook) Bickerstaff
    • spouse: Bobby R. Payne
    • children: Reece Allen Payne
    • Glenn Russell Payne
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