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Payne, Thomas Edward
280 Rue Petit Bois Biloxi, MS
Phone: 228-206-5788 / 877-816-9560
Fax: 228-388-3177
Website: http://www.lawtpa.com

SUMMARY

Current Employment Position(s)

Managing Attorney, since 1996

Lawyer Overview

Tom Payne began his full time career in public service more than thirty years ago when he was appointed a Deputy Sheriff with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department. At that time, the youngest deputy assigned to Patrol duty, Tom quickly learned the realities of law enforcement in the streets. During his tenure as a patrol deputy, Tom pursued and completed his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from U.S.M., Gulf Coast.

In 1980, Tom was appointed an Agent with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and served in an undercover capacity for two and half years. Tom left the Bureau of Narcotics to serve as an Investigator for then District Attorney, Mike Moore. When Mike Moore became Attorney General, Tom headed the Attorney General's transition team. In January of 1988, he was appointed the first Director of the newly created Public Advocacy Division of the State Attorney General's office.

In July of 1988, Tom transferred from the Attorney General's Public Advocacy Division to fill the position of Chief Counsel with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Tom served in this position until September 1989, when he accepted an appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Tom was then able to return to the coast being assigned to the criminal division in the Biloxi regional office.

As a Federal Prosecutor Tom successfully prosecuted a diverse range of criminal cases including Arson for profit, Organized Crime and Drug Task force, violent crimes and major fraud cases. He also handled numerous appeal cases on behalf of the Government, writing briefs for each case and on several occasions appearing before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, Louisiana. Having distinguished himself among his peers he received the Special Achievement award from the Attorney General of the United States.

Tom left his position at the United States Attorneys office when he was selected to coordinate the Criminal Justice program at all coast campuses for the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2002, Dr. Payne was awarded Tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Payne has lectured, conducted research and written extensively in areas relating to civil liberties and criminal justice. Including but not limited to Constitutional law, Search and Seizure, law enforcement training, private security, criminal prosecution and workplace violence. In June 2007, Dr. Payne was invited to participate in a series of lectures at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Payne presented his national research on Police Discourtesy and Youth Violence.

As part of his service duties at the University, Dr. Payne served for several years as a municipal court Judge. Beginning in November 2001, Dr. Payne was appointed the Senior Municipal Court Judge for the City of Gulfport; Ms. Dr. Payne was the administrative head of the largest municipal court in the State of Mississippi. Judge Payne oversaw three pro tempore judges and a staff of thirty-seven with an annual budget of 1.5 million dollars. He oversaw the transformation of a traditional city court model of "crime control" to a "due process" model in the everyday interaction with the citizen. While Judge Payne was Senior Judge, the Municipal Court of Gulfport held the distinction of being the first court in Harrison County to institute metal detectors and advanced court room security. The court was recognized as the first municipal court in the State of Mississippi to employ a victim witness advocate and the first municipal court, in the nation, to employ electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases. Dr. Payne later received a federal grant to operate a youth development/crime prevention program that he created in response to a need to serve the more than four hundred 16-21 year olds that came through the municipal court every year. Since then the Citizenship and Justice Academy (CJA) has received additional federal grants totally nearly half a million dollars and has been recognized throughout the United States and Europe as a model youth crime prevention program. Dr. Payne left the court, in March 2004, when he was appointed the Director of the Attorney General’s Southern Division office on the Gulf Coast. This was a grant designed to bring the Attorney General’s office on our coast campus to allow our criminal justice students the opportunity to work with a professional criminal justice agency while at the same time providing the Attorney General with economical space and manpower. During this same period Dr. Payne was appointed Interim Chair of the Criminal Justice Department. He held the Chair position during a very historic time for the department. During his tenure as Chair he oversaw the creation of the Forensic Science department and the transition from the Criminal Justice Department to the Administration of Justice Department. This transition required the arduous task of IHL approval and then finally re-branding of all departmental marketing materials and education programs, both internally and externally, to the students and University customers. While interim Chair Dr. Payne maintained his duties on the coast campus. Dr Payne also operates a part time private law practice, Tom Payne & Associates PLLC, and has been a practicing Attorney for twenty- one years.

Dr. Payne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Adult Education with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and a Jurist Doctorate in Law from the University of Mississippi and he received special certification in the security field (C.P.P.). Married to Diane Maguire Payne for twenty-seven years, Tom and Diane are the parents of three girls ages 24, 20 and 17, Son-in-law Sam and grandson, Nicholas.

Dissertation Committee Service

Chair/Major Professor: Six doctoral students
Bransford, Scott D: Prospectus proposal stage 08-09
Rayner, Jerimiah: Pre-prospectus proposal stage 08-09
Knight, Eugene: Writing final dissertation. 09-
Morrison, Stephen L.: Completed, Graduating January 2008
Starita, Cynthia: Completed, Graduating May 2008
Wiggington, Michael : Completed, Graduating January 2008

Doctoral Committee Member Seven doctoral students
Allen, Julian: Completed graduated 2003
Bertram, Dean James: Defended 2009
Brown, Cynthia Ann: Completed graduated 2004
Carrol, Nina: Writing proposal stage
Tiefenworth, Thomas: Completed graduating January 2008
Stewart, Bruce: Completed  2006
Ring, Robyn : Completed graduated 2007

Thesis Committee Member  Three graduate students

Cox, Kim: Completed graduated 2007  (reverted to non-thesis route)
Hanser, Rachel: Writing
Rogers, Angela : Completed graduated 2007

Areas of Practice

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Employment Law -- Employee
  • Family Law
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Workers' Compensation Law

West Practice Categories

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Employment Law -- Employee, Family Law, Adoption, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Workers' Compensation Law

FEES

Offers Free Initial Consultation

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • American Society for Industrial Security
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, 1999 - 2001
  • Coast Society for Retarded Citizens (Board Member)
  • Crime Stoppers, Gulf Coast Chapter (Board Member)
  • Biloxi District, 2001 - 2002 (BSA Exploring Chairman)
  • Biloxi Bay District, B.S.A., 1992 - 1995 (District Chairman)
  • Coast 21, Government Services Committee (Co-chair)
  • Mississippi Municipal Judges Association, 2002 - 2003 (Sec. Treasurer)
  • Mississippi Municipal Judges Association, 2003 - 2004 (Vice-President)
  • Gulf Coast Health Educators Non-Profit Org., 2005 - 2008 (Board Member)
  • Coast Guiding Light Foundation General Counsel, 2007 (Board Member)
  • Campus Bulletin Boards, 2000 - 2001 (First Amendment Policy Committee)
  • USM Security Department Gulf Coast, 1997 - Present (Legal Advisor-Security Consultant)
  • Dept of Admin of Justice, 2004 - 2005 (Interim Chair)
  • College Advisory Council, 2004 - 2007
  • College Executive Council, 2004 - 2005
  • University Faculty Hand Book Committee, 2003 - 2004
  • Department Advisory Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • Department Curriculum Committee, 2008 - Present
  • Department Awards Committee, 2008 - Present
  • Department Faculty Search Committee, 2008 - Present
  • Mississippi Attorney General's Representative, 1988 - 1989 (Minimum Standards Board)
  • Mississippi Attorney General's Representative, 1988 - 1989 (Executive Prevention Counsel)
  • Mississippi Attorney General's Representative
  • United States Attorney's Representative, 1989 - 1992 (Mississippi Substance Abuse Policy Council)
  • United States Attorney Office Representative for Drug Demand Reduction, Southern District of Mississippi, 1989 - 1992
  • United States Attorney, Operation Trigger-Lock, Southern Division of Mississippi, 1991 - 1994 (Violent Crime Coordinator)

Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout, BSA
  • Distinguished Performance Award, Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency, 1982
  • Distinguished Performance Award, National Training Institute, 1982
  • Distinguished Performance Award, State Drug Enforcement Officers Academy, 1982
  • John M. Bee Law Scholarship, 1986
  • Who's Who in American Law Schools, 1986
  • United States Dept. of Justice Volunteer Service Award, 1992
  • United States Dept. of Justice Special Achievement Award, 1993
  • Pine Burr Award, Biloxi Bay District Boy Scouts of America, 1994
  • Graduate of Leadership Gulf Coast Class, 1994
  • MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD for Outstanding Accomplishments in the Field of Criminal Justice, U.S.M. Criminal Justice Association, 1995
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 6th Edition, 2000
  • Certified Security Manager, International American Society of Industrial Security, 2002
  • Granted Tenure and Associate Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi, 2002
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003
  • Nominated for Excellence in Professional Service, 2003
  • Distinguished Public Service Award, Distinguished Public Service Award, 2003
  • Appointed Interim Chair Dept of Criminal Justice, 2004 - 2005
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 9th Edition, 2005
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 10th Edition, 2006
  • Associate Provost Distinguished Professor of Learning, 2006
  • Nominated for Top Community Leader, Sun Herald News, 2007
  • Invited by Dept of Justice as only Academic in the State of Mississippi, 2007

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty Search Committee Chair Gulf Coast, 2002 - 2005
  • Instructor, The University of Southern Miss, Corps of Engineers Law Enforcement Drug Education Training
  • Adjunct Faculty, Mississippi College, Legal Accounting in Estate Matters
  • Certified Police Instructor, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Academy, 1988 - Present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Criminal Justice Graduate and Undergraduate Degree Programs, The University of Southern Miss, 1990 - 1996
  • Presenter, The Citizenship and Justice Academy: Sentenced to Learn, The European Society of Criminology, Edinburgh, Scotland, September 2, 2008 - September 5, 2008
  • Presenter, The Citizenship and Justice Academy: Panacea or Just Another Youth Development Program, International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, January 7, 2008 - January 11, 2008
  • Presenter, State and Local Law Enforcement Officers Role When Collecting Evidence, Search and Seizure, Ocean Springs Police Department, June 14, 2007
  • Police Discourtesy in America: A national epidemic or problem solved, International Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, June 4, 2007 - June 9, 2007
  • Citizenship and Justice Academy: Sentenced to Learn, International Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, June 4, 2007 - June 9, 2007
  • Presenter, Review of the Citizenship and Justice Academy: Sentenced to Learn, European Society of Criminology, Tuebingen, Germany, 2006
  • Presenter, Securing America’s Courts, Miss Judicial College Annual Meeting, Tunica, Mississippi, April 19, 2006
  • Presenter, Work Place Violence: New Paradigm, U.S. Navy Base, Meeting of Government Security Executives, Gulfport, August 2, 2005
  • Presenter, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Restorative Justice Program, Biblical Morality and Government Authority: Constitutional Foundations, September 17, 2004
  • Presenter, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Restorative Justice Program, Biblical Morality and Government Authority: Constitutional Foundations, September 21, 2004
  • Presenter, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Restorative Justice Program, Biblical Morality and Government Authority: Constitutional Foundations, September 23, 2004
  • Presenter, Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. Restorative Justice Program, Biblical Morality and Government Authority: Constitutional Foundations, October 1, 2004
  • Presenter, National Trends in Youth Violence: School Responses and Programs , State Dept of Education: School Attendance Officers Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, MS, September 1, 2004
  • Presenter, Forensic Science: A New Paradigm for State and Local law Enforcement Officers, Ocean Springs Police Department, August 27, 2004 - September 3, 2004
  • Presenter, Community Diversion for Youthful Offenders: The Citizenship and Justice Academy, Republican Woman’s Club, Harrison County, July 26, 2004
  • Panelist, Drug Education and Community Awareness Board, Sun Herald, Newspaper, June 17, 2004
  • Presenter, A Logic Analysis of Fourth Amendment Case law and Procedure, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Assn, June 16, 2004
  • Presenter, Arson Investigation and Prosecution, Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, May 24, 2004
  • Presenter, Civil Rights and the Patriot Act, Mississippi League of Woman Voters, April 17, 2004
  • Presenter, Executive Summary on Workplace Violence, Stennis Space Center, April 13, 2004
  • Presenter, A Community Initiative to Promote Youth Development and Prevent Youth Violence: A Proactive Response to A Culture of Violence, International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Hawaii, June 7, 2004 - June 11, 2004
  • Presenter, Workplace Violence a National Perspective, Naval Criminal Investigative: Force Protection Southeastern Conference, Gulfport, MS, September 30, 2003
  • Presenter, National Trends In Youth Violence: School and Community Responses; Strategies that Work, National GREAT Conference. Biloxi, MS, August 22, 2003
  • Presenter, The Anatomy of a Federal Arson for Profit Investigation, National Fraud Investigators Conference, Mobile, Alabama, April 25, 2003
  • Presenter, The Role of the Limited Jurisdiction Courts in American Justice, National Constable Association, Gulfport MS, April 4, 2003
  • Presenter, Liability in Law Enforcement: Constitutional, Criminal and Civil, United States Veterans Administration Police, Biloxi, MS, January 10, 2003
  • Presenter, Liability in Law Enforcement: Constitutional, Criminal and Civil, United States Veterans Administration Police, Biloxi, MS, January 17, 2003
  • Lecturer, Constitutional Law Community Oriented Police officer, U.S.M, 2002 - 2003
  • Presenter, Teens and Drugs, Sun Herald Professional Forum, October 20, 2002
  • Presenter, Port Security: Old Threats and New Responses, Port Directors and Harbor Captains Meeting, 2002
  • Presenter, A Day on the Bench: Some people just don’t get it, National Board Teacher Certification Luncheon, Long Beach Mississippi, May 4, 2002
  • Lecturer, Constitutional law for the Community Oriented Police Officer, Federal Grant to U.S.M., 2001 - 2002
  • Presenter, Legal and Practical Issues on Securing our Schools, Dare Officers Association of Mississippi, June 20, 2001
  • Lecturer, Constitutional law for the Community Oriented Police officer, Federal Grant to U.S.M, 2000 - 2001
  • Presenter, Legal Aspects of Police Administration and Employment, Southeastern Community Oriented Policing Education, October 25, 2000
  • Speaker, Youth Violence Prevention: Law Enforcements Role, Mississippi Deputy Sheriffs Association, August 10, 2000
  • Constitutional Law for the Police Recruit Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, April 25, 2000
  • Youth Violence in Harrison County Mississippi: Current Trends, Methodist Men’s Club, Gulfport, Mississippi, September 21, 1999
  • Youth Violence: Causes and Cures, Lay Leaders Conference, City of Gulfport, Gulfport, Mississippi, July 31, 1999
  • Status of Youth Violence in Harrison County Mississippi, Sun Herald Community Forum on Youth Violence, May 12, 1999
  • Politics and Policy in Criminal Justice Keynote Address, 27th Annual Criminal Justice Forum, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, April 16, 1999
  • Constitutional Law and the Vehicle Stop Barristers Educational Services, Mississippi Bar Association, March 30, 1999
  • Police Training in the Year 2000 and Beyond: A Profession in Transition, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Mexico, 1998
  • The Role of Customer Service in Community Policing, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, New Mexico, 1998
  • uth Violence, First Annual School Attendance Officers Conference, MS. Dept. of Education, November 5, 1998
  • Workplace Violence, First Annual School Attendance Officers Conference, MS Dept. of Education, November 5, 1998
  • Community Public Safety Networks, Technological Advances in Security and Crime Prevention, The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Louisville, Kentucky, 1997
  • Training for Law Enforcement and Security: Special Considerations, Gulf Coast Training Council (GCTC) Conference, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast, Conference Center, September 10, 1997
  • Violence in the Workplace, Home Health Nurses, Harrison County, Gulfport Police Department, 1997
  • Violence in the Workplace, Home Health Nurses, Jackson County, Jackson County Community College, 1997
  • Violence in the Workplace, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Administrative Team Seminar, July 22, 1997
  • Public Safety Management Program Initiative, The Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training, July 10, 1997
  • An Introduction to the Law of Evidence in Criminal Trials, Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy, 1994
  • An Introduction to the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 and Related Statutes, State of Mississippi, Federal and State prosecutors training Jackson MS, 1991
  • Juvenile Justice System Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy, Reserve police training class, Long Beach, MS, March 20, 1991
  • Courtroom Testimony Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy, Reserve police training class, Long Beach, MS, September 30, 1991
  • An Introduction to the Law of Search and Seizure State Police Training Academy, Pearl, MS, 1990
  • he Fourth Amendment and the Vehicle Stop, Constitutional Considerations, State Police Training Academy, Pearl, MS, 1988
  • The Public Law Enforcement Officer and Civil Liabilities, State Police Training Academy, Pearl, MS, 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Boys and Girls Club - Leadership Board
  • Executive Board Member, Pine Burr Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Deacon, Chairman of the Deacons, Discipleship Training Director
  • College/Career Sunday School Teacher, Grace Memorial Baptist Church

Past Employment Positions

  • The University of Southern Mississippi Criminal Justice Department, Interim Chair, 2004 - 2005
  • City of Gulfport, Appointed Senior Municipal Judge, 2001 - 2004
  • Gulf-Coast Campuses, The University of Southern, Mississippi, Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice
  • Gulf-Coast Campuses, The University of Southern, Mississippi, Coordinator of Criminal Justice Program
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1996
  • Southern District of Mississippi: Criminal Division, Assistant United States Attorney, 1989 - 1995
  • Legal Division Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), Chief Counsel, 1988 - 1989
  • Attorney General's Reorganization and Transition Team, Director, 1987 - 1988
  • District Attorney's Office, 19th Judicial District, Investigator, 1982 - 1985
  • Deputy Sheriff, MBN Agent, Law Enforcement Officer, 1977 - 1982
  • USM Southern Regional Public Safety Institute, Legal Advisor, 2000 - 2005
  • Knight Foundation Grant, Principal Investigator and Project Director, 1997 - 1999
  • Dept of Labor Grant, Workforce Investment Act, Principal Investigator and Project Director, 2008
  • Office of Attorney General for Administration of Southern Division Regional Office, Principal Investigator and Project Director

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi, 1987
    J.D.
  • University of Southern Mississippi, 1984
    Ph.D.
    Major: Adult Education/Criminal Justice
  • University of Southern Mississippi, 1980
    M.S.
    Major: Criminal Justice
  • University of Southern Mississippi, 1977
    B.S.
    Major: Criminal Justice
Articles

Published Works

  • The Role of the Forensic Anthropologist in Death Investigations, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Journal, First Quarter, 1976
  • The Role of Adult Education in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Journal, Vol. 30, No.1 Jan-Feb., 1984
  • Police Training in Mississippi: The Patrol Officers and Chief Executives Indicate Their Needs, Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Journal, Vol. 31, Jan- Feb, 1985
  • Report on Bridge the Gap Seminars with Recommendations, S.W.E.E.P.S. State Wide Education Enforcement and Prevention System, State Printing Office, 1989
  • The Civil Forfeiture Provisions under the Mississippi Uniform Controlled Substances Act, The University of Mississippi Law Journal, March, 1990
  • Important Mississippi Decisions, Townsend v. State (Co-Author, With Charles Marx), The Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association Journal, No.92-KA-01010-SCT first quarter, 1997
  • Police Communication Skills Training in America, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, August, 1997
  • Important Mississippi Decisions, Maryland v. Wilson (Co-Author, With Charles Marx), he Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Association Journal, 65 LW 4124, Third Quarter, 1997
  • Youth Violence Literature and Resource Guide (Co-Author), Knight Foundation, 1998
  • Liability in Law Enforcement, January, 2003
  • uidelines for Implementation of the Administrative Forfeiture Statute, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, 1988
  • Introduction to the Mississippi Wire and Oral Communications Intercept Act, Department of Public Safety, MBN, Government Printing Office, Mississippi, 1989
  • Comprehensive Youth Development in the prevention of youth violence Resources Guide for Harrison County, Knight Foundation, 1998
  • An Introduction to the Criminal Law and the use of Evidence in criminal trials: A Police Officers and/or Student Resource Guide, Harrison County Police training Academy and U.S.M. Police Corp Academy, 1999
  • The Public Law Enforcement Officers Role in a Constitutional Government: A Police Officers and/or Student Resource Guide, Harrison County Police training Academy and U.S.M. Police Corp Academy, 1999
  • A Strategic Plan to Promote Youth Development and Prevent Youth Violence, Harrison County, December, 1999
  • Civil Forfeiture: Effective Law Enforcement tool or Cash Register Justice, Controversial Issues in Policing (Co-Author with Carl W. Hawkins), Allyn & Bacon, 1999
  • Criminal Justice System of Mississippi, Politics in Mississippi (Co-Author, With Charles Marx), Sheffield Publishing, 2nd Edition, 2001
  • A Non-Lawyers Guide to Police use of Evidence Search and Seizure, XLibris Publishing, 2003
  • Editor, Homeland Security Series, Ashgate Publishing, London, England, 2005
  • Chapter 3: The Prosecutors Role in Forensic Investigations, In CSI Effect, Prosecutors, and Wrongful Convictions: Junk Science, Media Myths, and Potions for a Magic Carpet Ride, 2007