Mary Libby Payne

Title: Scholar in Residence, Professor Emerita

Company: Baldwin Wallace University

Location: Berea, OH United States


  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Honoree, Named Law Alumni Hall of Fame, The University of Mississippi (2015)
  • Honoree, Judicial Woman of the Year, Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women (2013)
  • Recipient, Woman Trailblazer Award, Women in the Procession Committee, The Mississippi Bar (2012)
  • Recipient, Medal Of Service, Governor of Mississippi (2011)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association (2010)
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Christian Legal Society
  • Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Award, The Mississippi Bar (2005)
  • Recipient, Distinguished Jurist Award, Mississippi State University (2004)
  • Recipient, Susie Blue Buchanan Award, Women in Profession Committee, The Mississippi Bar (2000)
  • Honoree, Outstanding Woman Lawyer, Mississippi Women Lawyers Association (1999)
  • Honoree, Lawyer of the Year, Alumni Association, School of Law, Mississippi College (1998)
  • Recipient, Power Of One Award, Mississippi Governors Conference (1996)
  • Recipient, Excellence Medallion, Mississippi University for Women (1990)
  • Recipient, Woman of the Year Award, Mississippi Association of Women in Higher Education (1989)
  • Recipient, Book Of Golden Deeds Award, Pearl Exchange Club (1989)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the World (1998-2005, 2007-2014, 2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America (1996-2014, 2016)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in American Law (1996, 1998-1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2015)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of American Women (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004-2006, 2008, 2010)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (1997-1998, 2000-2002)


  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Mississippi College
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of Mississippi
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, The University of Mississippi, With Distinction

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