Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

The 26th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series
“In the Grand Scheme of Things” 

February 22-24, 2019
Marriott Grand Hotel
Point Clear, AL 

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

Presented by The Mississippi Bar Women in the Profession Committee

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About the Seminar:
The Mississippi Bar's Women in the Profession Committee is proud to host the 26th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lectures Series at Grand Hotel, Point Clear, AL on February 22-24, 2019. This premier CLE for women lawyers was named for the late Lt. 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 $300 includes dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and 6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hours Ethics/Professionalism. The Friday night dinner is included in registration costs. Guests are welcome to the Friday night dinner at $80 a person. 

Room Rates:
A special room rate of $159 (plus tax) is available for Friday and Saturday nights at the Grand. Rooms must be booked by January 31, 2019 in order to get the special rate. Call the Grand at 1-800-544-9933 or www.marriottgrand.com to make a reservation. Be sure and mention Meeting Group Code "MBLMBLA" to receive a room from our block.

To sponsor a law student for $250 for this event, please contact Tiffany Graves, at 601-592-9965 or email her at tgraves@bradley.com. 

About the Grand Spa:
Book a relaxation get away at the Grand. To hear treatment options and reserve your treatment now, please call 1-251-990-6385.  Be sure to book in advance to receive the best time and treatment for your schedule.  

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 Maggie Traxler by email at mtraxler@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 22, 2019

1:00 – 3:00 pm            Registration  


3:00 – 3:15 pm            Welcome                                                                               

                                                Jennifer Hall, Chair WIP Committee

                                    Opening Remarks

                                                Chair: Tiffany Graves

                                                Co-Chair: Allyson Winter


3:15 – 4:15 pm            The Gandy Hour: Insights from Women Lawyer Trailblazers

As women lawyers, we stand on the shoulders of those who broke through barriers to make major contributions in the legal profession. Their stories are ones of fierce determination, passion for the law, keen intelligence, and inspiring achievement. This session will feature women lawyer trailblazers who have achieved excellence in their areas of specialty, actively paved the way to success for others, and served as a voices of conscience in a profession still striving to achieve its ideals of full diversity and inclusion in the law.  Among other things, the panelists will discuss their professional journeys and provide practical wisdom on navigating challenges and creating opportunities to beat the odds.

Moderator: Rebecca Wiggs

                                                Dean Pat Bennett

                                                Pelicia Hall

                                                Judge Denise Owens

                                                Joy Lambert Phillips


4:15 – 5:15 pm            Break-out Sessions                                                                 

# 1 Dealing with Difficult People While Practicing Law: Employees, Colleagues, Clients and Opposing Counsel

Whether its clients, opposing counsel, judges or staff, a law practice setting is a workshop for life’s most difficult problems, and attorneys encounter more difficult people than most. Effectively dealing with difficult people is a key component to maintaining mental well-being in the practice of law. In this session, panelists will provide practical tips on how to diffuse challenging encounters and leverage them to your benefit. As it relates to clients specifically, panelists will offer strategies on how attorneys can avert disagreements and avoid malpractice claims.

Moderator: Blythe Lollar

Katrina Brown

Jennifer Hall

Melissa Malouf


# 2 Navigating an Ethics Complaint: How to Keep Cool if in Hot Water with the Bar (Ethics Hour)    

As lawyers, we all know that the day may come when a client decides to file an ethics complaint against us. However, this knowledge hardly lessens the shock when that day arrives. What should you do when you receive a complaint? This session will help walk you through the process of responding to an ethics complaint and provide helpful information to help you avoid situations that might cause a client to file a complaint in the first place.  This session includes an ethics hour.

Jennifer Ingram Johnson


# 3 Balancing Act: Lawyers, Time and Life

As women lawyers, we talk a lot about how we manage our time, but we don’t talk enough about how our minds are processing and handling the many demands on our time.  This unique panel will go deeper than traditional time management techniques to explore how mindfulness can help each of us find our personal version of balance, aligning the hours of our days with our values and overall well-being.  The panel will feature Dr. Megan Clapton, a licensed professional counselor and founder of Mindful Therapy in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  Dr. Clapton believes in building resiliency through the development of positive and mindfulness-based coping skills and increasing self-efficacy. Joining Dr. Clapton on the panel to provide the lawyer’s perspective on mindfulness will be Alicia Hall, in-house counsel for Entergy.

Dr. Megan Clapton

Alicia Hall


5:15 – 6:00 pm            Hotel Check-In          


6:00 – 7:00 pm            Networking Reception – Cash Bar


7:00 – 8:30 pm            Dinner –The Grand (ticket included in registration fee), Cash Bar


8:30 – 9:30 pm            “Cupcakes and Cocktails” & Silent Auction, Cash Bar

                                    Silent Auction to Benefit Northcutt Legal Clinic                  

                                    Judge Donna Barnes, Presiding, 2018 Tiara Queen


Saturday, February 23, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am            Breakfast                                          


8:45 – 9:45 am            Can’t We All Just Get Along? Understanding Generational Differences to Benefit You and Your Law Practice

The legal profession, like the workforce at-large, is multigenerational. Our internal and external clients are not only Traditionalists and Boomers, but they are also Generation Xers and Millennials. Each generation has unique views, assets and challenges that are often overlooked or underutilized in the workplace. This session will discuss the traits and characteristics of each generation and offer strategies for how to effectively communicate with and leverage the diverse views of each generation.  It will also discuss specific scenarios, personal experiences, and challenges or successes that women lawyers face in the workplace and provide solutions and feedback on the same.

Nakimuli Davis-Primer


9:45 – 10:45 am          A View from the Bench: State Judges’ Roundtable

One of the significant highlights of the Gandy Lecture Series is that it offers numerous opportunities for attorneys to engage with members of the judiciary. This moderated session—which will feature judges from the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and Circuit and Chancery Courts—will provide a unique opportunity for attorneys to hear directly from judges with their tips for effective motion practice, advice for overcoming discovery challenges, best practices for settlement conferences, new local rules and initiatives, key case law updates, ethical considerations for trial attorneys, and the latest in courthouse developments and programs.

Moderator: Mary Clay Morgan

                                                Justice Dawn Beam

                                                Judge Cynthia Brewer

                                                Judge Margaret Carey-McCray

                                                Judge Virginia Carlton


10:45 – 11:00 am        Break  


11:00 – 12:00 pm        Break-out Sessions                                                                 

# 1 Finding Your Niche: Merging Your Passion with Your Law Practice 

You have invested a significant amount of time and money in becoming an attorney, wouldn’t it be a good idea to invest a bit more effort to proactively choose the area of the law where you will spend your legal career? And, even if you aren’t a new attorney, wouldn’t it be nice to learn about other areas of the law that may also interest you? A panel of attorneys who have established niche practices will discuss their practices, including how and why they got started, what their “typical” day is like, the challenges and successes they have experienced in choosing their particular niche practice and what makes them stay the course.

Moderator: Emmy Harper Stone

            Angela Grayson

            Niki Pace

            Anna Powers


# 2 Paying It Forward: How to Successfully Integrate Pro Bono and Community Service into Your Practice  

In the current era of legal practice, it can be easy to become wound up in your world. But the practice we are part of asks more from us than we may ask of ourselves. You have legal and other skills that are in short supply and are in great need. The cost of skilled legal services is very high and beyond the reach of many. You also have other practical skills that can be incredibly beneficial to community organizations and bar associations.  In this session, panelists will discuss how and why they volunteer and offer insights on how you can and should make the time to do the same.

Moderator: Joi Owens

                                                Jenny Tyler Baker

                                                Patti Gandy


# 3 Doing It On Your Own: Becoming a Modern Legal Entrepreneur

If you are aiming to become a solo or small firm practitioner, you likely already have an entrepreneurial spirit. It is a challenging road, but being your own boss can be pretty exciting, too. In this session, panelists who have established their own law practices will provide tips for successfully launching and maintaining a solo or small firm practice, including how to develop relationships and business for your firm, how to staff and handle the administration of your solo/small firm practice, when and how to outsource, how to brand and market your practice, and how to stay true to your original vision so you do not stray from your core competencies and goals.

Moderator: Lindsey Herr       

Lilli Bass

                                                Jennie Eichelberger

                                                Judge Selene Maddox


12:00 – 1:15 pm          Lunch (light lunch will be provided)


1:15 – 2:15 pm            The West Hour – Future of the Profession: How the Delivery of Legal Services is Changing Our Service to Clients

The legal profession is in the midst of rapid change. The influences of not only technology but innovative thinking are bringing forth new delivery models, new regulations, and new players. Individual lawyers, law firms, in-house law departments, and bar associations must lead in ensuring that the best of what the legal profession has to offer in terms of quality, efficiency, and ethics is at the foundation of innovations. Join us as Judy Perry Martinez, president-elect of the American Bar Association and former chair of the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, shares her view on what the future holds for our services and access to justice.


                                       Judy Perry Martinez, ABA President-Elect Designee

                                                Of Counsel at Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, LLP,

New Orleans, LA


2:15 – 5:30 pm            Spa/Shopping/High Tea


6:00 – 7:00 pm            Reception and Karaoke


7:00 – 8:30 pm            Dinner on your own at the Grand Hotel or in Fairhope


Sunday, February 24, 2019

11:00 am                     Hotel Check-out



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