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James Robertson Obituary-Death; Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Robertson Passes Away At 83.

Robertson, 83, lost his fight with cancer on Sunday, according to a release. When he passed away, his family was by his side.

Robertson, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor William Winter, held the position from 1983 to 1992. He was the court’s youngest justice at the moment, having turned 42 years old.

Justice Robertson was regarded by coworkers, colleagues, and family as a prolific writer, a clever jurist, and a man whose hobbies ranged from baseball to opera.

He graduated from Harvard Law. Reuben V. Anderson, a former justice, stated, “He maintains the reputation.” “He was an intelligent man…in addition to his numerous other interests in sports and the arts. He was a man of the Renaissance.

Robertson joined Wise Carter in January 1993 and practiced law there for 25 years after serving on the state’s supreme court.

Prior to joining the Supreme Court, Robertson was a law professor. From 1977 until 1992, he served as an instructor at the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in private practice with Keady, Campbell, and Delong in Greenville, he started teaching part-time. From 1979 until his accession to the Supreme Court, he taught full-time. Even as a justice, he continued to teach a course in legal philosophy.

The legal expert graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1962 with a degree in history. Robertson stated in an oral history interview conducted in 2003 that he chose history as his major by default because it was the topic for which he had the necessary hours to earn a degree. He also took a lot of math and accounting classes, as well as courses in political science, economics, and English.

He spent his whole academic career working for the college newspaper. The paper was originally a weekly publication, but the year he became editor it became the Daily Mississippian. A few months following Robertson’s graduation in September 1962, Ole Miss faced a lengthy battle to refuse admittance to James Meredith, the first Black student. During this time, the late justice served as editor.

Robertson desired to work as a journalist. He got accepted to the prestigious journalism school, University of Missouri, after working as a sports writer for the Delta Democrat Times throughout his high school years. “On a lark,” he applied to Harvard Law, got admitted, and went on to graduate from the Ivy League institution in 1965.

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