Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

The 23rd Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

“Taking Care of Business”

February 19-20, 2016

 BancorpSouth Arena

Tupelo, MS


This course offers 6.5 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 23rd Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo, MS, on February 19-20, 2016. 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 light lunch on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and 6.5 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Ethics/Professionalism. 

Friday Night Dinner Costs:
The Friday night dinner will be held at the Elvis Birthplace. Cost will be $50 per person for this optional event. Guests are welcome. 

Room Rates:
A special room rate of $119 (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday nights is available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Rooms must be booked by January 29, 2016 in order to get the special rate. Call the Hilton Garden Inn at (662) 718-5500 or their website www.tupelo.hgi.com.  to make a reservation. Be sure and mention Meeting Group Code “Evelyn” to receive a room from our block. 

To sponsor a law student for $250 for this event, please contact Megan Conner, Law Student Subcommittee Chair, at 601-592-9955 or email her at mconner@babc.com. Sponsorships are tax deductible. Partial donations are appreciated. 

CLE Credit:
This seminar has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 6.5 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 Kelly by email at skelly@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 19, 2016


11:00 – 11:45 am        WIP Committee Meeting


11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Registration (light lunch will be provided)                           


1:00 – 1:15 pm            Welcome                                                                                


                                                Tiffany Graves, Chair WIP Committee

                                               Opening Remarks

                                               Chair: Alison Goodman, Tupelo

                                               Co-Chair: Jenny Tyler Baker, Gulfport


 1:15 – 2:15 pm            “The Gandy Hour”


                                                Judge Sharion Aycock


 2:15 –2:30 pm             Break                                                                        


 2:30 – 4:00 pm            “Taking Care of Business. . .”        


                                                Moderator – Rachel Pierce Waide


                                                “In Federal Court” – Abby Brumley and Mary Helen Wall


                                                “In Chancery Court” –  Judge Deborah Gambrell  and Judge Jacqueline Mask                   

                                                 “In Circuit Court” –  Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders


                                                “In Court of Appeals” – Judge Donna Barnes


                                                “In Supreme Court” – Justice Ann Lamar


                                                “In Administrative Law” – Judge Deneise Lott        


4:00 – 5:00 pm            “I'm Not Difficult, I'm Just Not You”


                                                Gay Saxon



6:00 – 6:30 pm            Cocktail Reception at Elvis Birthplace                    

                                                 (Cash bar)


 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm      Optional Dinner – Elvis Birthplace  

                                                 (ticket required)


 Immediately following dinner


                                    Tiara Party & Silent Auction to Benefit MVLP               


                                                Karen Sawyer, Presiding, 2015 Tiara Queen


                                                Representing MVLP, Gayla Carpenter-Sanders,

                                                MVLP Executive Director


 Saturday, February 20, 2015 

8:00 – 8:30 am            Breakfast                                            


 8:30 – 9:30 am            “Learning from the Law: Then & Now”                          


                                                Judge Allan Alexander

                                                Dean Debbie Bell

                                                Kris Gilliland

                                                Susanna Moldoveanu


9:30 – 10:30 am          Break-out Sessions – “Taking Care of Business. . .”                                


                                    “. . . With Yourself and Others”


                                                Chip Glaze

                                                Amy Topik


                                     “. . . In Public Service”


                                                Lynn Fitch

                                                Mayor Jason Shelton


                                     “. . . In Your Community”


                                                Gayla Carpenter – Sanders

                                                Patti Gandy

                                                Tiffany Graves

                                                Guy Mitchell


10:30 – 10:45 am        Break                                                                          


10:45 – 11:45 am        “The West Hour”


                                                Jennie Eichelberger

                                                Dean Wendy Scott

                                                Nina Stubblefield Tollison


11:45 am                     Adjourn


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