Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

The 27th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series

February 21-22, 2020
Oxford Conference Center
Oxford, MS

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 27th Annual Evelyn Gandy Lectures Series at Oxford Conference Center in Oxford, MS on February 21-22, 2020. 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 lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast 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 $60 a person. 

Room Rates:
A special room rate of $103 (plus tax) is available for Friday and Saturday nights at the Town Place Suites, right across the street. Rooms must be booked by January 31, 2020 in order to get the special rate. Call the Town Place Suites at 662-238-3522 to make a reservation and mention Meeting Group Code "Gandy Lecture Series" to receive a room from our block or book online here.

To sponsor a law student for $250 for this event, please contact Allyson Winter, at 228-563-5756 or email her at Allyson.Winter@hancockwhitney.com

For other sponsorship opportunities of the Gandy Lecture Series, click here

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



Thursday, February 20, 2020


5:30 - 7:00 p.m.          Welcome to Oxford Wine & Cheese Party

Hosted by Judge Selene Maddox and Nina Tollison

at the home of Nina Tollison

532 Fazio Dr. Ext., Oxford, MS


Friday, February 21, 2020


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration and Lunch


1:00 - 1:15 p.m.          Welcome

            Jennifer Hall, WIP Committee Chair

            Allyson Winter, 2020 Gandy Chair

            Jennie Eichelberger, 2021 Gandy Chair


1:15 - 2:15 p.m.          “The Gandy Hour”

                                    Governor Gandy’s Legacy: 60 Years Later

In 1930, while in the 5th grade, Evelyn Gandy told her teacher that she was going to be a lawyer when she “grew up.” Her teacher laughed and said, “That’s silly. You’re a girl; you can’t be a lawyer.” In the years after, not only did Gandy attend law school, she was also elected as the first female student-body president, elected into the Legislature, and elected as Mississippi’s first ever female statewide Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor. As the most powerful woman in the history of Mississippi politics, Gandy said in 2002 about her thoughts on women in politics, “We’re not trying to be better than men; we’re just trying to join them.” November 2019 marked sixty years since voters made Gandy the first woman to hold statewide office, and her legacy of encouragement, education, and public service still lives on today through the female lawyers and politicians following in her trailblazing footsteps.

Judge Neal Biggers

Judge Selene Maddox

Nina Tollison


2:15 - 2:30 p.m.          Break


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.          Break-out Sessions

#1 Connecting with Your Community: Community Leadership through Nonprofit Fundraising and Board Service

Connecting with your community means serving your community.  Community leadership helps you develop and refine a unique skill set of compassion, determination, and resource management that can improve your daily practice.  Serving on a board teaches you the ins and outs of running a business apart from your legal organization and best practices for motivating members of your team.  Through your time and service in the community, you will learn how to create a plan with measurable and lasting impact, and you are given the opportunity to make indispensable and lifelong connections with fellow professionals who are all working towards the same goal. 

            Jordan Bryan

            Frances Patterson Croft

            LaKeysha Greer Isaac


#2 Switch, Pivot or Quit: Career Changes for Lawyers

Switch, Pivot, or Quit is about change; recognizing that something is no longer working in your favor and then taking action to go from where you are to where you want to be. Change can be intimidating. These trailblazing female lawyers, who have experienced a positive career change, will candidly discuss how they identified what excites them and leveraged that into an alternative career path.

            Meredith Aldridge     

            Katie Snell

            Amanda Tollison


#3 Law Student Panel: Fostering Connections

Networking is a skill – one that needs to be learned, practiced, then used to your advantage. It begins in law school and continues well into your legal career. Seasoned lawyers are generally happy to meet and share their wisdom with the next generation, but how do you even begin the conversation? This panel will address how to find the right networking opportunities, what to do to be prepared, and how to level your expectations for each interaction.

            Stacey Moore Buchanan

            Jessica Murray

            Judge Rhea Sheldon


3:30 - 4:00 p.m.          Networking Break


4:00 - 5:00 p.m.          A Judge’s View of Connecting with Your Audience Effectively

These three Mississippi Judges are truly experts.  In this session, you’ll hear perspectives from a Northern District Court of Mississippi Judge, a Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge, and a Mississippi Chancery Court Judge about their “View from the Bench.”  They’ll teach you what is expected in the courtroom so that you can confidently address any audience and correctly relay your intended message.  Learn from the best so that you can perform at your best. 

Judge Sharion Aycock

Judge Jacqueline Mask

Judge Latrice Westbrooks


6:00 - 7:00 p.m.          Cocktails @ Saint Leo Lounge – Cash Bar
                                      Sponsored by Balch & Bingham, LLP


7:00 - 9:00 p.m.          Dinner & Silent Auction @ Saint Leo Lounge
                                       Dinner sponsored by Balch & Bingham, LLP

                                       Guest of Honor
                                       Attorney General Lynn Fitch
                                       First female Mississippi Attorney General 


Saturday, February 22, 2020


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.          Breakfast


8:30 - 9:30 a.m.          Building Connections through Community Leadership

Rose Flenorl has built her career and impressive reputation on the strong foundation of leadership and service.  From her active involvement with the University of Mississippi, where she served as the president of the Association for Women Students and was the first African American female inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame, and later served as president of the Ole Miss Alumni Association, to her significant contributions to charitable and civic organizations at the local, regional, and national levels, Rose creates and encourages community wherever she goes.  As Manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx Corporation, Rose has repeatedly stepped up to lead major citizenship initiatives that have impacted her own community in Memphis and beyond.  We are thrilled to have Rose share with us how she found the courage to lead and how each of us can build meaningful connections through community leadership.

Rose Flenorl, Manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx Corporation


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.        Break-out Sessions

                                    #1 Thriving in the Middle

Research shows that the mid-career years (from the early 30s to the late 40s) are when much momentum is lost for professional women. Why? Because this is the time when commitments outside the office escalate at the same time that work commitments do. These accomplished attorneys will share how they are not only surviving, but actually thriving in the mid-career years.

                                                Judge Tiffany Grove

                                                Alison O’Neal McMinn

                                                Ashley Wicks                                   


                                    #2 Connecting to Your Inner Voice: Compassion Fatigue

(Ethics Hour)

Compassion fatigue is defined as apathy or indifference toward the suffering of others as the result of overexposure or tragic news stories and images, and the subsequent appeals for assistance. As lawyers, many times we experience compassion fatigue by serving others who are in distress that can lead to secondary trauma. We may also experience this in our personal lives through our relationships with family and friends who are in distress or suffering the consequences of traumatic events. Symptoms of compassion fatigue include apathy, isolation and loss of morale, depression, and substance abuse to name a few. This session will focus on tips you can use to stay connected with your inner-voice to be aware of compassion fatigue symptoms that may be affecting you. Self-awareness is key to addressing these symptoms early and preventing destructive behaviors from surfacing.

                                                Dr. Jessica Cole, LJAP Director

                                                Carlyn Hicks


10:30 - 10:45 a.m.       Break 


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.      “The West Hour”

Connecting to Current Events: #metoo and Title IX: How are Colleges Responding?

The #metoo movement gained national attention in late 2017 after allegations came to light of misconduct by Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men and sparked an ongoing dialogue across the country on issues of sex, power, and consent.  Just over two years later, colleges and universities in particular are grappling with how best to address allegations of sexual assault and harassment on campus, while balancing the rights and obligations required under Title IX.  At the same time, female attorneys currently serve as the highest legal officers of Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, and the University of Mississippi.  Joan Lucas, Karen Clay, and Erica McKinley each bring their own unique perspectives and backgrounds to their positions and institutions and will share with us the challenges of approaching #metoo in higher education.

Karen Clay, MUW GC

Joan Lucas, MS State Univ. GC

Erica McKinley, Univ. of MS GC


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