John Grisham graduated from Southaven High School in 1973, Mississippi State University in 1977, and the Ole Miss Law School in 1981. He was admitted to the State Bar of Mississippi in 1981, and practiced in Southaven until 1990. He is a member of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and the American Inns of Court. He was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1983, and served from January 1984 to September of 1990. From 1988 to 1990, served as Vice-Chairman of Committee on Apportionment and Elections. Member of State Democratic Executive Committee from 1988 to 1990. Grisham is the author of A Time to Kill (1989), The Firm (1991), The Pelican Brief (1992), The Client (1993), The Chamber (1994), The Rainmaker (1995), The Runaway Jury (1996), The Partner (1997), The Street Lawyer (1998), The Testament (1999), The Brethren (2000), A Painted House (2001), Skipping Christmas (2001), The Summons (2002), The King of Torts (2003), Bleachers (2003), The Last Juror (2004), The Broker (2005), The Innocent Man (2006), Playing for Pizza (2007), The Appeal (2008), The Associate (2009), and Ford County (2009). He resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Oxford, Mississippi. Prior to Oxford, lived for 23 years in Southaven, Mississippi. Born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on February 8, 1955. He married the former Renee Jones of Southaven on May 8, 1981, in Oxford. They have two children: Ty, age 26, and Shea, age 24.
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