Honorable Selene Dunn Maddox

Conference Speaker

Biography

Honorable Selene Dunn Maddox received her B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi December, 1983, and her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law May, 1987. Selene was sworn in October 22, 2018, as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, having been appointed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of South Dakota, with intercircuit assignment presiding in the Fifth Circuit as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi, with her chambers located in Aberdeen, MS. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Selene was a solo practitioner in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the general practice of law with an emphasis in consumer debtor and small business debtor bankruptcy law. In addition to her law practice, Selene served as a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee (appointed in 2004) in the Northern District of Mississippi until her appointment to the bench.  Selene served as Vice-President of the Lee County Bar Association for the 1998-1999 year and as President of the Lee County Bar Association for the 1999-2000 year. Selene is an active member of many professional legal associations. Selene was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve as a Commissioner to the Mississippi Commission On Continuing Legal Education on June 30, 1999, and completed her seventh consecutive term on July 31, 2018, having served as Vice-Chairman 2007-2008; 2010-2011; 2014-2015, and as Chairman 2008-2009; 2015-2016. Selene was a member of the Mississippi Bar President-Elect Nominating Committee for 2011 and for 2014-2015. She served on the Ethics Committee of the Mississippi Bar from 2005-2008. Selene currently serves on the Women In Profession Committee of the Mississippi Bar. Selene served two one year terms as President of the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference for the years 2005 and 2006. Selene also served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference from 2003-2007. Selene assisted in drafting new Local Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and has served on the Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi from 2010-2015. Selene has been an active presenter of the Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Program in High Schools in Northeast Mississippi. Selene was inducted in 2007 as a Mississippi Bar Foundation Fellow and subsequently served as Trustee on the Mississippi Bar Foundation Board of Trustees 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 and currently is serving for 2022-2023. Selene was appointed to the Lawyer Advisory Committee by Honorable Jason D. Woodard, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Mississippi for a term which began June, 2016, and continued until her appointment to the bankruptcy bench. Selene has participated as a speaker in numerous seminars on bankruptcy sponsored by University of Mississippi Continuing Legal Education, the Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference, American Bankruptcy Institute, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Federal Judicial Conference as well as participation as a speaker for programs for local bar associations, Mississippi Home Extension Service, Lee County Extension Service and other public service organizations. Selene was an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi, Tupelo, MS campus teaching classes in the undergraduate program on Wills and Estates, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Law during 1996, 1997 and 1998.

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