Phelps Dunbar LLP
After serving on the state supreme court for eleven years and before that, six years as a circuit court judge, Mr. Banks joined Phelps as a partner in November 2001. Prior to his judicial career, beginning in 1968, Mr. Banks was in private practice. He concentrated on civil rights litigation, criminal capital defense, and representing a variety of non-profit agencies providing services to the poor. In 1975, he was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives where he served until he assumed the bench in 1984. In the Mississippi House, Mr. Banks served as chair of the House Ethics Committee, chair of a House Judiciary Committee and Chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. He was also appointed by the governor to serve on the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and by numerous appointing authorities to serve on a variety of commissions at the state and federal level.