YLD Committees

The committees of the Young Lawyers Division are responsible for the planning and implementation of many of its projects. To know more about the committees, please see the information below. To get involved and join a committee, please fill out the online form available at the link below. 
YLD Committee Preference Form

 

Attorney Wellness
This committee's primary responsibility will be to help attorneys accomplish professional development and growth while also achieving fulfillment in their personal lives.


Bar Admissions Ceremony

The Fall and Spring Bar Admission Ceremonies are sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division. The induction ceremony enables new attorneys to be admitted to practice in all state trial courts, the Mississippi Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 


Bylaws

The Bylaws Committee continually reviews the bylaws to insure they are current, relevant, and reflective of the YLD and is responsible for providing suggested interpretation of bylaw application and drafting amendments for presentment to the YLD Board.


Child Advocacy

The Child Advocacy Committee focuses on legal issues concerning children.


Communications

This committee will focus on how to get young lawyers involved in YLD and the legal community. 


Disaster Legal Assistance

The Disaster Legal Assistance Committee coordinates emergency legal assistance for victims of natural disasters.


Diversity and Social Justice
This committee will encourage minority and diverse members to participate in Young Lawyer Division activities and promote minority and diverse involvement in the legal profession. This committee will also evaluate the access and opportunity for all members of the Young Lawyers Division to actively be engaged and heard through activities within the Young Lawyers Division.


High School Mock Trial

The High School Mock Trial Committee provides educational litigation experience to Mississippi high school students by sponsoring regional and statewide mock trial competitions and sending the state champion team to the National High School Mock Trial competition. Lawyers, judges and teachers throughout the state get involved in all levels of the competition as coaches, judges and committee members.


Lawyer in Every MS Classroom

Lawyer in Every Mississippi Classroom is a program sponsored annually by The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division. This program offers classrooms throughout Mississippi a visit from a lawyer during the school year. Any teacher, Kindergarten through 12th grade, is invited to have a lawyer visit for one class period (approximately 55 minutes)


Local Affiliates

The Local Affiliates Committee is compromised of the presidents of the local affiliate organizations across the state.


Long Range Planning

The Long Range Planning Committee is responsible for developing and amending the division's Long Range Plan, which sets out the future goals and objectives for the YLD.


Nominations, Elections & Awards

The Nominations, Elections & Awards Committee solicits nominations and selects persons to run for a position on the YLD Board of Directors. This Committee also accepts nominations for the annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, which is voted on by the YLD Board of Directors.


Public Service

The Public Service Committee works to coordinate Lawyer in the Libraries events across the state. At Lawyer in the Libraries events, attorney volunteers meet with participants to provide limited legal advice in the areas of Criminal Law & Expungement, Family Law & Child Custody, Wills & Estates, and Social Security Disability. The committee also coordinates Wills for Heroes. Wills for Heroes is a pro bono program created by the Wills for Heroes Foundation and works nationwide with affiliate organizations to provide free estate planning documents to America's first responders. 


Seminars

This committee will plan and implement multiple seminars each year, including the New Lawyer Program and the Litigation 101 Series


Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

This committee will focus on issues facing solo and small firm practitioners.

                                                                                                                                                                                          


Young Lawyers Division 2020-2021 Committee Chairs

Attorney Wellness
Darryl Wilson
Adams and Reese LLP
1018 Highland Colony Pkwy Ste 800
Ridgeland, MS 39157-2057
Phone: (601) 292-0772
Email: darryl.wilson@arlaw.com


Bar Admissions Ceremony

Kyle Williams
MS Attorney General Office
PO Box 220
Jackson, MS 39205-0220
Phone: (601) 359-4233
Email: kyle.williams@ago.ms.gov


Bylaws

Jaklyn Wrigley
Fisher & Phillips
2505 14th Street Ste 300
Gulfport, MS 39501-1953
Phone: (228) 822-1440
Email: jwrigley@fisherphillips.com


Child Advocacy

Megan Bennett
MS Attorney General's Office
722 Newland St
Jackson, MS 39211-4416
Phone: (601) 606-2488
Email: mbenn@ago.state.ms.us


Communications

Ashley Gunn
Wise Carter Child & Caraway PA
2510 14th St Ste 1125
Gulfport, MS 39501-1911
Phone: (228) 867-7141
Email: awg@wisecarter.com


Disaster Legal Assistance

Stacey Moore Buchanan
Jones Walker LLP
PO Box 427
Jackson, MS 39205-0427
Phone: (601) 949-4713
Email: sbuchanan@joneswalker.com


Diversity and Social Justice

Jess Waltman
Davis & Crump, P.C.
2601 14th St
Gulfport, MS 39501-1926
Phone: (228) 863-6000
Email: jess.waltman@daviscrump.com


Diversity and Social Justice

Nosha Whitehead
Mississippi Supreme Court
450 High St
Jackson, MS 39201-3418
Phone:
Email: nosha.whitehead@gmail.com


Lawyer in Every MS Classroom

Patrick Everman
Balch & Bingham LLP
PO Box 22587
Jackson, MS 39225-2587
Phone: (601) 965-8162
Email: peverman@balch.com


Local Affiliates

Victoria Washington
The Washington Law Firm PLLC
PO Box 2228
Southaven, MS 38671-2201
Phone: (662) 912-6927
Email: vw@washingtonlawfirmpllc.com


Long Range Planning

Julianne Bailey
MS Dept of Human Services
212 N Pearman Ave
Cleveland, MS 38732-2634
Phone: (601) 953-5862
Email: julianne.bailey@mdhs.ms.gov


Mock Trial

Elizabeth Hyde
Gilchrist Donnell PLLC
609 Steed Rd
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Phone: (601) 790-2884
Email: ehyde@gilchristdonnell.com


Mock Trial - Jackson Regional

Kye Handy
Balch & Bingham LLP
188 E Capitol St Ste 1400
Jackson, MS 39201-2133
Phone: (601) 965-8147
Email: khandy@balch.com


Mock Trial - Coast Regional

Jess Waltman
Davis & Crump, P.C.
2601 14th St
Gulfport, MS 39501-1926
Phone: (228) 863-6000
Email: jess.waltman@daviscrump.com


Mock Trial - Oxford Regional

Julia Jimenez
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell PA
PO Box 1396
Oxford, MS 38655-1396
Phone: (662) 232-8979
Email: jjimenez@danielcoker.com


Nominations, Elections & Awards

La'Toyia Slay
Butler Snow
PO Box 6010
Ridgeland, MS 39158-6010
Phone: (601) 985-4436
Email: latoyia.slay@butlersnow.com


Public Service

KJ Miri
Lowrey & Fortner
525 Corinne St
Hattiesburg, MS 39401-3850
Phone: (601) 582-5015
Email: kj@eriklowreypa.com


Public Service

Alex Shoemaker
15th Circuit Court District of MS
PO Box 488
Purvis, MS 39475-0488
Phone: (601) 794-3482
Email: ashoemaker@circuit15.org


Seminars

Christina Seanor
Bradley
188 E Capitol St Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39201-2100
Phone: (601) 592-9954
Email: cseanor@bradley.com


Seminars

Lindsey Lazinsky
Office of the Attorney General
72 Fd Buddy East Pkwy Ste 300
Oxford, MS 38655-1962
Phone: (662) 232-2461
Email: llazi@ago.ms.gov


Solo and Small Firm

Rafael Green
Gilmer & Green Legal Group, PLLC
PO Box 1668
Jackson, MS 39215-1668
Phone: (769) 208-8122
Email: rafael@gglegalgroup.com