Jody Owens leads the SPLC’s Mississippi office and its efforts to reform the state’s juvenile justice, adult criminal justice, educational, and mental health systems.The Southern Poverty Law Center sued Governor Phil Bryant and other defendants yesterday in an effort to shut down all charter schools in Mississippi. The SLPC press release states:
“A school operating outside the authority of the state board of education and the local school board cannot expect to receive public taxpayer money,” said Jody Owens, managing attorney for the SPLC’s Mississippi office. “The state constitution is clear on this matter.”
A 2015 Jackson Advocate story states:
The case, Charles Araujo et al v. Governor Phil Bryant et al, was assigned to Chancellor Owens. Will Judge Owens recuse herself? A recusal means the case is reassigned to Chancellor Thomas, Wise, or Singletary. Stay tuned.
Owens was bom a member of a family of high achievers. Mediocrity was never discussed at their dinner table. Good work ethics, even-handedness, and achievement was their family norm. "My uncle Bob Owens was the first member of my immediate family to practice law," she said. Bob Owens was admitted to the bar in 1976. He has practiced law for nearly three decades, and his wife Denise Sweet Owens has served as a Chancery Court Judge in Hinds County since 1989. Joi Owens' older brother Jody E. Owens, II, a legal reformer, leads the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi efforts to transform the state's juvenile justice system. Her older sisters Dr. Michelle Owens is an obstetrician-gynecologist and JoShaunda Purvis is an educator.