The Litigation Section is involved in a wide range of activities of interest to the civil litigator, the general practitioner and to the bench. Through newsletters, email services, and CLE Seminars, this Section analyzes, discusses, and provides methods and services designed to promote justice in our courts. As a service to Mississippi attorneys, this Section also publishes the Mississippi Rules Annotated.

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Message from Section Chair
Meade Mitchell  By:  Meade W. Mitchell [1]   

Dear Members of the Litigation Section of The Mississippi Bar,

I am honored to serve as the Section Chair for 2015-2016 and help continue our Section’s service to the state’s litigators.  The Litigation Section, the largest in the Bar, is involved in a wide range of activities of interest to the civil litigator, the general practitioner and the bench.  Through newsletters, email services, and CLE seminars, the Section analyzes, discusses, and provides methods and services designed to promote justice in our courts.  As an additional service, along with the Mississippi College School of Law and the Mississippi Law Institute, the Section periodically publishes the Mississippi Rules Annotated.   

Under the leadership of Immediate Past Chair Rebecca Wiggs, we had a strong 2014-2015 year.   The Section continued its support of state law students by awarding four law school scholarships at Ole Miss and Mississippi College.   Additionally, the Section provided a donation of $5000 to the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP), which has helped the needy of our state obtain legal services they otherwise could not afford since 1982.   The Section also hosted a CLE program at the Bar Convention, which featured a discussion of the Bar’s new professionalism deposition guidelines and an entertaining presentation by Will Manuel on dealing with generational differences within law firms.  We also co-sponsored the Capital Area Bar Association’s diversity program and worked with Mississippi College to support its public program on grand juries.  Finally, the Section sponsored two law students to attend the Gandy Seminar and assisted the Professionalism Committee and the Board of Bar Commissioners in adopting the Bar’s new guidelines for depositions.  

This year, the Section will continue its support of law students and the MVLP.  The Section, along with the Young Lawyers Division, is also planning a Deposition Bootcamp to take place on November 12 - 13, 2015.  We are working on ideas for a public speaking seminar led by the professionals at New Stage Theatre.  At the Bar Convention, scheduled for July 14-16, 2016 in Sandestin, the Section will again sponsor two hours of CLE.  We encourage you to attend these CLE seminars.  The Section will also issue newsletters, which will include articles of interest to our members and provide a forum for thoughtful discussion about the issues we all face.  We hope you will submit articles and other materials for possible inclusion in the newsletters.  Your submissions are a great vehicle for sharing information with our members and networking with colleagues with similar practices.  

As the Section strives to serve the litigators of our state, it welcomes ideas and participation.  If you want to assist or have ideas, please contact any member of the Section’s Executive Committee.  Mississippi is the proud home of some of the best litigators in the country and the Section will continue to work to provide content, programs, and publications to help us all learn and improve.  

[1] Meade Mitchell is a partner at Butler Snow, LLP, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, Ridgeland, MS 39157.  Email - .  Phone – (601) 985-4560.


Ethics in Deposition Practice
The Professionalism Committee of the Mississippi Bar Association, after seeking comment from various groups, including the Litigation Section, recently published guidelines on deposition rules of courtesy, civility and practice.  The Mississippi Bar encourages its members review and adhere to the following tenants:
Board of Commissioners Adopt Deposition Guidelines

Litigation Section donates to MVLP
The Litigation Section of The Mississippi Bar recently donated $5,000 to the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). Pictured at the presentation are Gayla Carpenter-Sanders, Executive Director/General Counsel of MVLP and Rebecca Wiggs, Chair of the Litigation Section. MVLP provides free legal assistance and advocacy to disadvantaged people throughout the State of Mississippi. To volunteer, donate, or learn more about MVLP visit 

Gayla And Rebecca Check Presentation To Mvlp For 5000 



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Litigation Section
2016-2017 Executive Committee

Kelly Sessoms
Dogan & Wilkinson, PLLC
PO Box 1618
Pascagoula, MS 39568-1618
Phone: (228) 762-2272
Fax: (228) 762-3223

Vice Chair
Matt Miller
Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush
P O Box 17619
Hattiesburg, MS 39404-7619
Phone: (601) 264-6670
Fax: (601) 264-5660

Clarence Webster
188 E Capitol St Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39201-2100
Phone: (601) 592-9906
Fax: (601) 592-9906

Past Chair
Meade Mitchell
Butler Snow
P O Box 6010
Ridgeland, MS 39157-6010
Phone: (601) 985-4560
Fax: (601) 985-4500

Member at Large (8/2014-7/2017)
Rachel Waide
Waide & Associates
P O Box 1357
Tupelo, MS 38802-1357
Phone: (662) 842-7324
Fax: (662) 842-8056

Member at Large (8/2015-7/2018)
Brian Hyneman
Hickman Goza & Spragins PLLC
P O Box 668
Oxford, MS 38655-0668
Phone: (662) 234-4000
Fax: (662) 234-2000

Member at Large (8/2016-7/2019)
Lee Ann Thigpen
Carroll Warren & Parker
P O Box 1005
Jackson, MS 39215-1005
Phone: (601) 592-1010
Fax: (601) 592-6060