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					                OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
           ANTHONY N. LAWRENCE III, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
                228-769-3045 Office * 228-769-3345 Fax
                NINETEENTH CIRCUIT COURT DISTRICT
              JACKSON, GEORGE AND GREENE COUNTIES

                                  PRESS RELEASE

To: Mississippi Press
Contact: Brice Wiggins
         217-5457
Date: January 11, 2010
Re: Law Students to Practice Law in D.A.’s Office

Today marked the start of the January court term in Jackson County Circuit Court. It also
marked the first day that Kathlyn Van Buskirk and Anson Ables became eligible to
prosecute cases in the District Attorney’s Office. Buskirk and Ables are both 3rd year law
students at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson. Under state law, 3rd year law
students can be sworn in and practice law under the guidance of other attorneys. Judge
Kathy King Jackson opened her term this morning by swearing in Van Buskirk and Judge
Dale Harkey opened his term by swearing in Ables. Both students will prosecute cases
for the District Attorney’s Office. “Having students be allowed to practice law is a
win-win for everyone. With the shortage of personnel allocated to my office, it adds
needed staff to address cases and it allows the students to learn while doing the work
of an Assistant District Attorney,” said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. “Kat and
Anson will do a great job. They will get to try cases, appear before the grand jury,
argue motions and do other duties of an Assistant D.A.,” he added.

The District Attorney’s office has partnered with the extern programs at both Mississippi
College School of Law and the University of Mississippi Law School to employ law
students. Van Buskirk and Ables, like other participating students, earn course credit
while practicing with firms or government agencies. Van Buskirk is originally from
Ocean Springs and previously clerked in Lawrence’s office in the summer. “I had a great
time and learned a lot the last time,” said van Buskirk. Ables is from Vancleave having
graduated from Vancleave High School in 1998. Both will graduate law school in May
of this year and both plan on taking the Mississippi Bar to gain full acceptance to practice
law.

				
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