Leslie Southwick, a federal judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will be guest speaker at Mississippi State Friday for an 11 a.m. public event that coincides with Constitution Day. The event in 100 McCool Hall is coordinated by the Department of Political Science.
Born in Texas, Southwick was educated at Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law. Following a 1975-76 clerkship with the Texas Supreme Court, he became a clerk for Judge Charles Clark of Jackson, Miss., then also a justice with the Fifth Circuit.
After practicing as a private attorney, he became Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice Civil Division, leading a team of 125 attorneys defending suits brought against the United States.
In 1994, Southwick was elected one of the first 10 judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals. He took a leave of absence when he was nominated for a lifetime position in the federal judiciary, and in 2005 served as judge advocate general for the 155th Brigade Combat Team of the Mississippi Army National Guard in Iraq.
In 2007, Southwick was nominated by then President George W. Bush to fill a seat on the Fifth Circuit. He was confirmed in October 2007.
Celebrated each year nationwide, Constitution Day marks the signing of the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers on Sept. 17, 1787.
For more information, telephone Whit Waide at 662-325-7860.
Student group to demonstrate
Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), a student activist group at Mississippi
State University, will demonstrate on the Drill Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today — Constitution Day to warn students about the dangers of refusing to follow the U.S. Constitution.
Members of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter will display posters that warn against the country not adhering to the Constitution as well as have fun quizzes with great prizes.
Alongside their display, chapter members will hand-out free pocket Constitutions and talk to their classmates in an effort to educate and attract new recruits.
“Our elected leaders have trashed the very document they swore to uphold,” said YAL Mississippi Chair Cuylor Reeves. “As a result, our country is bankrupt, and my generation will have to pay for it. It’s unacceptable.”
“Students need to know their rights and know how to advocate for limited government and individual liberty,” Reeves went on to say.
Reeves expects his YAL chapter to double in size at their Constitution Day event and draw attention from the campus Left. “I have no doubt the campus progressives will try to attack us,” said Reeves. “Their ideology is divisive and advocates for strong centralized government. This is directly contrary to the American system our Founding Fathers established.”
Young Americans for Liberty at Mississippi State University is part of a national network of more than 150 active YAL chapters.
YAL seeks to recruit, train, educate, and mobilize students on the ideals of individual liberty and the U.S. Constitution.
For more information or an interview, please contact Cuylor Reeves at MS@yalsouth.org  or call (601) 479-1612.