(JACKSON, MS)— Joseph R. Meadows of Gulfport received the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award presented during The Mississippi Bar's 2020 Annual Business Session held on July 17, 2020.
The Mississippi Bar presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who have devoted themselves to serving the public, the legal profession, and the administration of justice over the span of their professional careers, contributing significantly to the American system of justice and to the legal profession.
Meadows has been appointed to numerous positions in the public service, including Attorney for the City of Gulfport; District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock, and Stone counties; and Attorney for the Harrison County Board of Supervisors.
Throughout his career, Meadows has served the legal profession through his service with the Bar, receiving national recognition from the American Bar Association for his work. Meadows was elected to the Bar’s Board of Commissioners in 1982, and, in 1987, he was elected to serve as President of The Mississippi Bar.
Meadows earned his Bachelor's Degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi in 1961. He then enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Law, graduating in 1963. While he was an Ole Miss student, Meadows served Clarke County in the Mississippi House of Representatives with terms beginning in 1960 and 1964.
He served as Chairman of the Lamar Order at the University of Mississippi School of Law from 1997 to 1998 and, in 2017, was inducted into the University of Mississippi School of Law School's Hall of Fame. He is also a veteran of the United States Army having served 16 months in Korea.