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Melvin Priester, Jr.
Ward 2

Councilman Melvin V. Priester, Jr., is a proud alum of Murrah High School (valedictorian, class of 1997). In 2001, Councilman Priester graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in social studies. Councilman Priester wrote his honors thesis on the use of religion by progressive political activists. While at Harvard, Mr. Priester was active in the Black Students’ Association and student government, he was a jazz DJ at WHRB, and he served as a research assistant for then director of the Children’s Studies Program, Kiku Adatto.

Concilman Priester obtained his juris doctorate from Stanford Law School in 2004. While at Stanford, Councilman Priester was a member of the board of the Stanford Technology Law Review and participated in Stanford’s civil rights clinic under noted scholar Michelle Alexander and the cyber law legal clinic under internet privacy activist Jennifer Granick. Upon graduating from law school and until he joined Jackson’s Priester Law Firm in 2008, Councilman Priester was an litigation associate in the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he advised clients in financial services, intellectual property, and governmental investigations. Councilman Priester has done pro bono and volunteer work for clients including the Innocence Project of Northern California, the North Midtown Art Center, and numerous indigent clients.
At Priester Law Firm, a family firm which has been open since 1988, Councilman Priester represents a diverse set of clients in business litigation, governmental affiars, real estate, personal injury law, family law, and medical malpractice. Since 2011, Councilman Priester has been a regional producer for the Figment Arts Festival ( a nationwide arts festival with significant events in New York City, Boston, Detroit, Jackson, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburg.

Councilman Priester is licensed to practice law in Mississippi and California. He is member of the Charles Clark Inns of Court, the American Bar Association, the Magnolia Bar Association, and the Capital Area Bar Association.
In 2013, Councilman Priester graduated from the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute. He is a proud member of New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson and resides in the Woodhaven neighborhood of Jackson’s Ward II. In his free time, he enjoys working at his studio in the North Midtown Arts Center and mentoring local school childrem. Mr. Priester’s priorities for the council include updating Jackson’s stormwater master plan to address flooding, potholes and infrastructure, and providing quality educational enrichment opportunities for children.


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Jackson, MS 39205-0017
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