Judge Patricia D. Wise
P.O. Box 686
Jackson, MS 39205-0686
Judge Patricia D. Wise, elected in 1989, is one of four Chancellors of the Fifth Chancery Court District of Hinds County, Mississippi.
Formerly she was managing attorney and partner in the law firm of DOCKINS & WISE, Attorneys at Law, Jackson, Mississippi. Her private practice was in the area of Domestic Relations-Family Law, Personal Injury and General Civil practice. She served as family law resource attorney for Central Mississippi Legal Services.
An Oxford, Mississippi native, she has lived in Jackson, Mississippi for the past thirty-five years. She received her Bachelors of Science in Special Education, her Masters of Communicative Disorders and her Juris Doctorate degree all from the University of Mississippi.
She is past President and the first female President of the Magnolia Bar Association, an association comprised primarily of African-American attorneys throughout the State of Mississippi. She also served two terms as Treasurer of the same Association.
Judge Wise is a member of the American Bar Association, the Hinds County Bar Association, Conference of Chancery Court Judges, National Bar Association, and a graduate of the National Judicial College. She has served as seminar faculty speaker for the Magnolia Bar Association, Mississippi State Bar, Mississippi Pro Bono Project, Mississippi Women Lawyers' Association, Mississippi Judicial College and the National Judicial College. She is also a member and former State Coordinator of the National Association of Women Judges. She also served as the District Director for the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana. Judge Wise teaches Torts and Family Law at Hinds Community College and Mississippi College.
She was appointed by the State Supreme Court as a member of the Complaint Tribunal. The Tribunal hears all formal complaints concerning attorney's misconduct. Prior to being elected Chancery Judge, she served as a Special Master to the Chancery Court. She is currently Chairman of the Mississippi Judicial Performance Commission. The Commission studies all complaints concerning the State Judiciary.
She is a life member of the NAACP. Judge Wise is also Past President of Powell Junior High School PTA and former President of Callaway High School PTA and Band Booster Club. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce, a former Board Member and Trustee of Leadership Jackson and Youth Leadership Jackson. Recently, she served as Co-chair to the One to One Jackson Mentoring Partnership Program, which is a National organization offering mentoring opportunities to the youth of this state and nation.
She was selected to the 1988 Class of Leadership Jackson. Leadership Jackson was established by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce to develop leaders with an understanding of the promise and problems of the Jackson Metro area. In 1993, Judge Wise was selected to the Class of Leadership America, a leadership organization comprised of 100 women leaders across the nation. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is the immediate past local President. She is also a member of the LeFleur's Bluff Chapter of the Links, Inc. and a Board Member of the Middle Mississippi Girl Scout Council.
Judge Wise is a former Board member of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Heart Association. She is also a Charter Board member of Ole Miss Women's Council for Philanthropy.
Judge Wise is a 1990 recipient of the University of Mississippi NOW award which is an Award of Distinction in recognition of outstanding leadership. Judge Wise was also the first recipient of the Black Women's Political Action Forum Brown-Hall-Young Achievement Award. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the legal profession.
She and her husband Mark have been married for over 30 years. They have two adult daughters, Crystal and April, one son-in-law, Precious and two grandsons, Precious and Daniel.