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UM Alumnus Appointed to Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Charles E. Cowan

University of Mississippi alumnus Charles E. Cowan (BA history and political science 10, JD 13)

JANUARY 19, 2022

A shareholder attorney at Wise Carter in Jackson, University of Mississippi alumnus Charles E. Cowen (BA history and political science 10, JD 13) was appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to a four-year term on Mississippi’s Advisory Committee to the Commission on November 19, 2021.

The Commission maintains the United States Territory Advisory Committees, which comprise statutorily mandated Advisory Committees from each state. Committee members have four-year appointments and offer a broad perspective on civil rights concerns at state and local levels.

Cowan, along with other members of the Advisory Committee, serve as the Commission’s “eyes and ears” on the ground and advise the Commission about civil rights matters in Mississippi.

The United States Commission was established by the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Its mission is to represent and serve the community as an independent, bipartisan fact-finding federal agency. The Commission is charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights issues and is meant to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

Cowan began practicing with Wise Carter in 2014 following the completion of his clerkship with the Honorable E. Grady Jolly on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His practice focuses on litigation in the areas of business, healthcare, insurance, railroad, and civil rights. Additionally, Cowen’s practice focuses heavily on handling appeals in Mississippi appellate courts as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Wise Carter is one of Mississippi’s leading law firms with a legacy of providing legal expertise for over a century. Wise Carter has offices located in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, in Mississippi, and recently opened an office in Detroit, Michigan.