Petal lawyer reappointed to the legal committee


PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – Petal’s Marcus A. McLelland was recently reappointed to the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Two other attorneys were first named to the nine-member commission: Helen Morris of Cleveland and Katherine K. Farese of Ashland.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph signed the nominating order on July 27 for the unanimous court.

The four-year terms of the appointees began August 1 and will run until July 31, 2025.

The commission has oversight authority over the administration of rules regarding continuing legal education requirements for attorneys in the state of Mississippi.

The Supreme Court sets the rules for CLE formation.

McLelland has served on the commission since 2019 and served as commission chair from 2020-2021.

He is a partner in the law firm Holmes & McLelland PLLC in Petal. His practice includes personal injury, criminal defense and family law.

McLelland also serves as a part-time public defender for juvenile delinquency cases in Lamar County Youth Court.

He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2000 with a degree in radio and television broadcasting, then worked in broadcasting in Orlando, Florida.

He worked for an international school in Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan, before earning a law degree from Louisiana State University in 2010. McLelland was admitted to practice law that year.

McLelland serves as the Cubmaster for his children’s Cub Scout pack.

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