Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

The 22nd Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

“Get to the Point”

February 20-22, 2015

 Marriott Grand Hotel

Point Clear, Alabama


This course offers 6 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Professionalism.

Presented by The Mississippi Bar Women in the Profession Committee


About The Seminar:
The Mississippi Bar’s Women in the Profession Committee is proud to host the 22nd Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama on February 20-22, 2015. This premier CLE for women lawyers was named for the late Gov. Evelyn Gandy, whose passion for public service survives through this lectureship. Her stellar career was capped with her being elected as the first female lieutenant governor in Mississippi’s history. 

Registration Fees:
The Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series registration fee of $200 includes a breakfast on Saturday, light lunch on Saturday, and 6 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Ethics/Professionalism. 

Friday Night Dinner Costs:
The Friday night dinner will be held in the Marriott Grand Hotel. Cost will be $50 per person for this optional event. Guests are welcome. 

Room Rates:
A special room rate of $159 (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday nights is available at the Grand. Rooms must be booked by January 29, 2015 in order to get the special rate. Call the Grand at 800-544-9933 or www.marriottgrand.com to make a reservation. Be sure and mention Meeting Group Code “MBWMBWA” to receive a room from our block. 

To sponsor a law student for $250 for this event, please contact Blythe Lollar, Law Student Subcommittee Chair, at 662-369-1077 or email her at blythe_lollar@msnd.uscourts.gov.  Sponsorships are tax deductible. Partial donations are appreciated. 

About the Grand Spa:
Fully enjoy the Gandy Lecture Series as a retreat by booking an appointment with the hotel’s luxurious spa. The Spa at The Grand Hotel features a calm atmosphere, numerous services, and knowledgeable staff to ensure that you will leave feeling refreshed and renewed.  Go to www.marriottgrand.com to see all of their services. Call 251-990-6385 or personal planning at 251-928-9201, ext. 2749 for additional information or to make your spa appointment. Be sure to book in advance to receive the best time and treatment for your schedule.  

CLE Credit:
This seminar has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6 hours CLE credit. 

Cancellations made prior to the seminar will receive a full refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations the day of the seminar and “no shows” will receive no refund. Cancellations may be made by contacting Stephanie Chace by email at schace@msbar.org.  

If you have any questions about registration, hotel, or CLE, please email Melanie Henry at The Mississippi Bar at mhenry@msbar.org.




Friday, February 20, 2015    

1:00 – 3:00 pm            Registration    

1:30 – 2:00 pm            WIP Committee Meeting               

3:00 – 3:15 pm            Welcome                                                                         

                                        Tiffany Graves, Chair WIP Committee

                                    Opening Remarks 

                                         Chair: Tiffany Grove, Jackson

                                         Co-Chair: Alison Goodman, Tupelo 

3:15 – 4:15 pm            “100 Years Later – Practicing Law at This Point . . .”

                                        Moderator: Cindy Mitchell, Clarksdale

                                        Julie Gresham, Biloxi

                                        Justice Ann H. Lamar, Mississippi Supreme Court

                                        Selene Maddox, Tupelo

                                        Dean Wendy Scott, Jackson

4:15 – 5:15                  “Plaintiff, Defense, and All Points in Between”

                                        Gene Harlow, Laurel

                                        Anne Veazey, Ridgeland   

                                        Rebecca Wiggs, Jackson

5:15 – 6:30 pm            Break/Check-In                                                                     

6:30 – 8:00 pm            Optional Dinner –The Grand (ticket required), Cash Bar

 8:00 – 9:00 pm            Tiara Party & Silent Auction to Benefit MVLP, Cash Bar                       

                                         Judge Deborah Gambrell, Presiding, 2014 Tiara Queen

                                         Representing MVLP, Gayla Carpenter-Sanders, MVLP Executive Director


Saturday, February 21, 2015

8:00 – 8:30 am            Breakfast                                           

8:30 – 9:30 am            “Realities of Running for Office”

                                        Moderator: Lydia Quarles, Jackson

                                        State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Jackson

                                        Judge Jacqueline Mask, Tupelo                                 

 9:30 – 10:30 pm          “The West Hour”

                                             Amanda Alexander, Jackson

                                             Judge Cynthia Brewer, Canton                             

10:30 – 10:45 am        Break                                                                          

10:45 – 11:45 am        Break-out Sessions                                                                 

                                    From the Point of the Bench –    

                                                 Judge Patricia Wise, Jackson

                                                 Judge Denise Owens, Jackson

                                     The Point of Intellectual Integrity –           

                                                 Michelle Easterling, West Point

                                                 Jennifer Wilkinson, Hattiesburg

                                     From the Point of the Prosecution –           

                                                 Angel Patano-Myers, Pascagoula

                                     From the Point of the Small Firm –            

                                                 Jenny Baker, Gulfport

                                                 Carol Jones Russell, Hattiesburg

                                                 Nina Tollison, Oxford                           

11:45 am – 1:00 pm    Lunch – Discussion Tables (light lunch will be provided)

1:00 – 2:00 pm            “The Gandy Hour”

                                        U. S. Representative Marsha Blackburn

 2:00 - 5:30 pm             Spa/Shopping/High Tea

 5:30 - 6:30 pm             Cocktail Reception

 6:30 – 8:00 pm            Dine-Arounds/Networking


Sunday, February 22, 2015 

11:00 am                     Hotel Check-out 


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