Annual Memorial Service - October 23
The Bar's annual Memorial Service will be held in the Supreme Court Chambers in the Carroll Gartin Justice Building at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, October 23. The annual service will be held before the Mississippi Supreme Court with Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. presiding. Bar President Hugh Keating will present the Eulogy. Memorial Committee Chair, U. S. Magistrate Judge Keith Ball, will present a Resolution memorializing the members of the Bar that have died since October of 2011. Justice Leslie King will respond on behalf of the Court. Members of the Bar, as well as family and friends, are invited to attend. There will be a reception in the foyer immediately following the service.
Annual Enrollment Fees Now Due
The Bar's 2012-13 fiscal year began August 1. Statements for annual enrollment fees and section dues have been mailed to all members of the Bar to addresses as they appear in the Bar's online "Attorney Directory". Annual Enrollment Fees are due upon receipt. Any questions regarding membership may be addressed to Ashley Sasser at 601-355-4619 or you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting For Rule 6.1 Compliance and Mandatory IOLTA Included As Part of 2012-2013 Bar Statement
The Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct require attorneys to report annually their hours of pro bono legal services and certify compliance with the provisions of mandatory IOLTA. Reporting and certification will be part of annual bar enrollment fee statements being mailed to all members in August. The reporting period will cover the previous fiscal year from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012.
Please Do Not Call the Bar for CLE Questions
Each year when the Commission on Continuing Legal Education mails out CLE forms the Bar office is inundated with calls and questions regarding CLE. The Bar staff cannot assist callers because The Mississippi Bar has nothing to do with the regulation and reporting of CLE in Mississippi. Questions should be directed to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education by calling 601-576-4622 or emailing Tracy Graves at email@example.com .The Commission on CLE web information is on the MS Supreme Court website and may be accessed at http://courts.ms.gov/cle_bccr/cle_bccr.html.
YLD's Guardian Ad Litem Training DVDs
In 2009, the Child Advocacy Committee of The Mississippi Bar, together with the University of Mississippi School of Law and Mississippi College School of Law, produced a DVD series for purposes of certifying more guardians ad litem. Copies of the DVDs are available at each chancery and youth court. The DVDs have been approved for six (6) hours of CLE credit. As of August 1, 2012 attorneys may receive CLE credit only once for viewing the DVDs. Attorneys may, however, become re-certified for one additional year by viewing the DVDs a second time, but they will not receive any additional CLE credit for doing so. For additional information, click here.
MVLP's "Legal Line" Now Allows Attorneys From Across Mississippi To Answer Calls
Attorneys who wish to staff MVLP's legal hotline, known as "Legal Line," can now do so from anywhere in the state. Legal Line attorneys provide callers with free legal advice and agency referral information. While participation on the Legal Line used to be limited to attorneys who practice in the Greater Jackson Metro Area, MVLP's staff is now able to forward Legal Line calls to attorneys who practice all over Mississippi. MVLP is pleased to announce this possibility because now all Mississippi attorneys can volunteer without having to worry about incurring long distance charges or having to receive calls from Legal Line callers outside of the hotline's hours of operation. Legal Line is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you wish to volunteer on the Legal Line, please contact Pamela Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or (601) 960-9577.
Volunteer Attorneys Needed For The Upcoming Washington County "Pro Se Day" Legal Clinic On September 19
The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) will co-host a "Pro Se Day" with the Washington County Chancery Court on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Chancery Courthouse, 900 Washington Avenue, Greenville, MS. Attorneys who attend the CLE seminar and volunteer at the legal clinic can earn up to five hours of CLE credits. The CLE session will be from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and the legal clinic will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A light lunch will be provided. Volunteers are asked to bring their laptops to use at the legal clinic. Please contact Tiffany Graves at email@example.com to volunteer for the clinic or to learn more about this MVLP event.
MWLA Membership Meeting - September 5
Please mark your calendars for MWLA's FIRST membership meeting of the new year which will be held on Wednesday, September 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Fairview Inn in Jackson. The meeting will feature Judge Cynthia Brewer as a speaker. We are awaiting approval for 1 hour of CLE ethics credit. Tiffany Graves will also be speaking about the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. The cost of the lunch will be $25. The CLE credit is free for members and $5 for non-members. If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP to Shundral Hobson at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30th. We are excited about the upcoming year. Don't forget to fill out a new membership form so you can get on our mailing list and know about upcoming events. Click here for a membership application. Email Tami Munsch at Tami@MunschLaw.com or visit our website at www.mswomenlawyers.com for more information.
Southern Section Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference - September 11-14
The Southern Section Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Annual Conference, hosted by the Mississippi Chapter A&WMA, will be held September 11-14, 2012 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. This conference typically attracts over 200 attendees from all over the Southeast. The Mississippi Commission on CLE has approved the conference for 12 hours of CLE credit. Technical sessions include case studies, regulatory updates, new developments and practical experiences in the following areas: Coastal Environmental Issues, Waste Management and Remediation, Air Pollution Control/Air Quality, Environmental Performance/Incentive Programs, Environmental Management Systems, Environmental Improvement/Success Stories and Case Studies, Energy Strategy and Policy, Waste Minimization and Resource Conservation, Water Issues, SPCC and Storm Water Sustainability. Click on the following link for additional information and registration information. http://ss-awma.org/annual.php
Mary Libby Payne Lectureship - Save the Date - September 27
Mary Libby Payne, Retired Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, was both a Professor of Law and the founding Dean of Mississippi College School of Law. She later served as Scholar-in-Residence/Professor Emerita at Mississippi College School of Law while writing the history of the law school, A Goodly Heritage. Judge Payne has also been a witness and a mentor to lawyers and law students throughout her professional career. September 27, marks the inaugural presentation of The Mary Libby Payne Endowed Lectureship Series on Christianity and the Law, co-sponsored by Mississippi College School of Law and the Central Mississippi Chapter of the Christian Legal Society. The day will offer a three-hour CLE program, followed by a book-signing event with Judge Payne signing copies of her law school history, A Goodly Heritage, and a banquet featuring Professor Thomas D. Morgan of George Washington University Law School, who will deliver the inaugural lecture. The CLE will be held at Mississippi College School of Law, with the book-signing event and banquet taking place at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi. Look for the formal announcement in your mailboxes soon and get your registrations in early. Banquet Sponsorships are still available: contact Tammy Upton at 601-925-7273. Online registration will also be available for all the events at http://law.mc.edu/cle.
YLD Offers Webcasts - Earn CLE Credit From Your Computer
The Young Lawyers Division is now offering on-demand streaming CLE webcasts which you can login to view anytime, day or night, from your computer to earn CLE credit! Check out the newest topics available: Advice from the Bench, Business Entities, E-Discovery, From Trial to Appeal, A Few Tips Along the Way, Law Practice Management and Reasons Lawyers Get Sued (Ethics Hour). Visit the website by going to: msbar.fastcle.com. For additional information, email Rene' Garner at The Mississippi Bar at email@example.com.
YLD Offers Teleseminars - Get Your CLE Hours from Your Office or Home Phone
The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division sponsors a series of new and timely CLE Teleseminars, which you can easily access from the convenience of your office or home phone. Register and review available courses online for these teleconference CLE seminars here. All programs are available live at 12:00 p.m. CT are presented by National speakers with written material and live Q&A. These CLE Teleseminars cover a broad range of legal topics, including Business and Commercial Law, Real Estate Planning and Services, Estate and Trust Planning and Administration, Tax Planning, Civil Litigation, Ethics and much more! To see what topics are being covered in your area of practice, click here. For additional information, email Rene' Garner at The Mississippi Bar at firstname.lastname@example.org.