Family Law

Family Law Section's goal is to keep its members informed of the numerous changes and trends in this field of law. This is accomplished through updates of proposed and successful legislation, updates in significant case law, as well as through our sponsorship of the annual Hot Tips Family Law Seminar across the state and the publication of newsletters. Additionally, the Section offers a "list serve" for its members to communicate regarding specific questions, issues that develop, legislation, etc. Only Family Law Section member may interact through their email accounts on this list serve. The Family Law Section has and will continue to work to improve the quality of legal practice for its members in the family law area.


Bar Hosts the 2013 Section Orientation Session
Over 50 new Section Officers attended the FY 2013-2014 Orientation Session in August 2013. The half-day program is designed to familiarize new Section leaders with their duties and brief them on resources available to them through the Bar. This year's session included an overview by MS Bar President Guy Mitchell.

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2013-2014 Family Section Officers are Harold Grissom, Chair, and Debbie Branan, Vice-Chair.

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Family Law Section

2014-2015 Executive Committee 

Debbie Branan 
Branan Law Firm 
2584 Hwy 51 S Ste 4
Hernando, MS 38632-2150
Phone: (662) 449-4800
Fax: (662) 449-4818

Vice Chair 
Jak Smith 
Attorney at Law 
P O Box 7213
Tupelo, MS 38802-7213
Phone: (662) 844-7221
Fax: (662) 844-7807

Mack Varner 
Varner Parker & Sessums PA 
P O Box 1237
Vicksburg, MS 39181-1237
Phone: (601) 638-8741
Fax: (601) 638-8666

Past Chair 
Harold Grissom 
Grissom's Domestic Law Firm 
1816 23rd Ave
Gulfport, MS 39501-2963
Phone: (228) 864-4448
Fax: (228) 248-4133

Member at Large (8/2012-7/2015)
Chase Morgan 
Melvin & Morgan 
P O Box 221
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-0221
Phone: (601) 583-1990
Fax: (601) 583-1995

Member at Large (8/2013-7/2016)
Matthew Thompson 
Thompson Law Firm 
4316 Old Canton Rd Ste 200
Jackson, MS 39211-6059
Phone: (601) 850-8000
Fax: (601) 366-4010

Member at Large (8/2014-7/2017)
Tiffany Graves 
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project General Counsel
P O Box 1503
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: (601) 960-9577
Fax: (601) 944-9678