Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

The 24th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

"Behind the Masque"

February 17-18, 2017

Maison Dupuy

New Orleans


This course offers 6 hours of CLE credit including 1 hour of Ethics/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 24th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series at Maison Dupuy in New Orleans on February 17-18, 2017. 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 $225 includes breakfast 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 at Maison Dupuy. Cost will be $50 per person for this optional event. Guests are welcome. 

Room Rates:
A special room rate of $229 (plus tax) for Friday and Saturday nights is available at the Maison Dupuy. Rooms must be booked by January 17, 2017 in order to get the special rate. Call the Maison Dupuy at 1-800-535-9177 or their website https://maisondupuy.com/groups/msbar to make a reservation. Be sure and mention Meeting Group Code “MSBAR” to receive a room from our block. 

To sponsor a law student for $250 for this event, please contact Catherine Bell, Sponsorship Subcommittee Chair, at 601-427-1333 or email her at cbell@cctb.com. Partial donations are appreciated. 

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 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. Please note we are expecting a sold out crowd, so make your room reservations early if you plan on attending. 

PDF of Agenda


2017 Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series – New Orleans

“Behind the Masque”


Friday, February 17, 2017 (2.5 CLE Hours)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  WIP Committee Meeting


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm    Registration              


2:00 – 2:15 pm            Welcome                                                                               

                                                Tiffany Grove, Chair WIP Committee

                                    Opening Remarks

                                                Chair: Jenny Tyler Baker, Gulfport


2:15 – 3:15 pm            “The Gandy Hour”

                                    Justice Dawn Beam


3:15 –3:45 pm             Break/Check-In                                                                                


3:45 – 5:15 pm            “Jewels from the Crown” Panel Discussion          

                                    Moderator – Karen Sawyer

                                    Joy Phillips

                                    Maura McLaughlin

                                    Judge Allan Alexander                                  

                                    Amanda Alexander

                                    Michelle Easterling

                                    Nina Tollison

                                    Vicki Slater

                                    Judge Deborah Gambrell



6:00 – 6:30 pm            Cocktail Reception – Maison Dupuy                       

                                                (Cash bar)


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm      Optional Dinner – “Exploring the Masques We Wear” –

                                    Maison Dupuy

                                    (ticket required)


Immediately following dinner

                                    Tiara Party & Silent Auction to Benefit MVLP               

                                                Charliene Roemer, Presiding, 2016 Tiara Queen

                                                Representing MVLP, Gayla Carpenter-Sanders,

                                                MVLP Executive Director 


Saturday, February 18, 2017 Agenda (3.5 CLE hours)

7:30 – 8:30 am            Breakfast – come and go                                           


8:30 – 9:30 am            “Having Your King Cake and Eating It Too”

                                      Work/life balance speaker


9:30 – 11:00 am          “Throw Me Something: Top Tips in Recent Laws”

                                     Moderator: Tiffany Graves, MS Access to Justice Commission Exec. Dir.

                                     Family Law – Chase Morgan, Family Law Section Chair

                                     Business Law – Tammra Cascio, Business Law Section Chair

                                     Health Law Point – Lisa McKay, MDLA President-Elect

                                     Health Law Counter Point - Cindy Mitchell, MAJ President

                                     Legislative Update – Deanne Mosley, Labor and Employment Law Section Chair

                                     Estates & Trusts – Emmy Stone, WIP Committee

                                     Criminal Law – Alison Baker, Past WIP Committee Chair

                                     Practice Tips for Litigators – Defense – La’Verne Edney, Past Bar Commissioner

                                     Practice Tips for Litigators – Plaintiff – Jennifer Ingram Johnson,
                                                                                              Professional Responsibility Committee Chair                                                  


11:00 – 11:30 am        Mimosa/ Bloody Mary Break                                                                        


11:30am – 12:30 pm   “The West Hour” Ethics Hour

                                    Judge James E. Graves, Jr.  


12:30 pm                     Adjourn

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