Picayune attorneys hired by PRCC board

  POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees has hired a Picayune law firm as its legal counsel.
  The board approved hiring McDonald, Patch and Bryan Law, PLLC, at its May meeting. Members of the firm are Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald IV, Gerald Patch and Manya Creel Bryan.
  The board’s long-time attorney, Martin Smith of Poplarville, passed away Feb. 26.
  “We are fortunate to have secured the services of such an outstanding law firm to represent the college,” PRCC President Dr. William Lewis said. “This firm is especially experienced in education law which was extremely important to us. We look forward to our relationship with Buddy McDonald, Gerald Patch and Manya Bryan and are grateful for the opportunity to be represented by this talented group of attorneys.”
  McDonald has served as Picayune city judge and city attorney, Pearl River County prosecuting attorney and 15th Circuit Court assistant district attorney and was twice elected district attorney for the five-county district.
  Patch has served as Picayune city prosecutor, Poplarville city judge, a member of the Picayune City Council and currently as Picayune School District attorney. Bryan has served as both an assistant district attorney and as a public defender and has represented the Picayune School District and Pearl River County.
  The members’ community involvement played a major role in the firm’s interest in representing PRCC, Bryan said. 
  “We’re very interested in the county, number one,” she said. “And number two, we’re very interested in education. We’ve all had family that have gone there. It’s part of the county and we’re very community minded.”

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