YLD Committees

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. 

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.

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 in the Law
The Diversity in the Law Committee encourages minority members to participate in Young Lawyer Division activities and promote minority involvement in the legal profession with college undergraduates and law students throughout the year.

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.

Homeless Youth
The Homeless Youth Committee aims to address the legal and even logistical issues faced by juveniles who find themselves homeless. These issues can range from shelter to education to Youth Court matters. The Committee would address these matters at forums and clinics throughout the State.  

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. 

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.

Veterans Legal Assistance Program
The Veterans Legal Assistance Program is a project that will provide legal assistance to veterans, similar in style to Lawyers in the Library, but with veterans in mind.  


Young Lawyers Division 2017-2018 Committee Chairs

Attorney Wellness
Anna Powers
Carson Law Group, PLLC
125 S Congress St Ste 1336
Jackson, MS 39201-3300
Phone: (601) 519-4350
Fax: (601) 510-9056
Email: apowers@thecarsonlawgroup.com

Bar Admissions Ceremony
Brett Ferguson
Schwartz & Assoc
136 Vineyard Blvd
Brandon, MS 39047-7102
Phone: (601) 988-8888
Fax: (601) 844-1215
Email: bferguson@1call.org

Jenny Baker
Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush
PO Box 10
Gulfport, MS 39502-0010
Phone: (228) 863-6101
Fax: (228) 868-9077
Email: jtbaker@cctb.com

Child Advocacy
Abram Orlansky
Watkins & Eager PLLC
400 E Capitol St
Jackson, MS 39201-2610
Phone: (601) 965-1900
Fax: (601) 965-1901
Email: aorlansky@watkinseager.com

Ben McMurtray
United States District Court
501 E Court St Ste 5.150
Jackson, MS 39201-5040
Phone: (601) 608-4460
Email: ben_mcmurtray@mssd.uscourts.gov

Disaster Legal Assistance
Lucien Smith
Balch & Bingham
PO Box 22587
Jackson, MS 39225-2587
Phone: (601) 961-9900
Fax: (866) 264-7921
Email: lsmith@balch.com

Diversity in the Law
Kye Handy
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell PA
PO Box 1084
Jackson, MS 39215-1084
Phone: (601) 969-7607
Email: kye.handy90@gmail.com

Homeless Youth
Adrienne Aikens
Schwartz & Associates PA
PO Box 3949
Jackson, MS 39207
Phone: (601) 974-8705
Fax: (601) 949-7929
Email: aaikens@1call.org

Lawyer in Every MS Classroom
Austin Stewart
Adams and Reese LLP
1018 Highland Clny Pkwy Ste 800
Ridgeland, MS 39157-2057
Phone: (601) 292-0705
Fax: (601) 944-9021
Email: austin.stewart@arlaw.com

Local Affiliates
John Dollarhide
Butler Snow
P O Box 6010
Ridgeland, MS 39158-6010
Phone: (601) 985-4593
Fax: (601) 985-4500
Email: john.dollarhide@butlersnow.com

Long Range Planning
Ann Marie Pate
Attorney at Law
PO Box 4054
Cleveland, MS 38732-5154
Phone: (662) 719-3536
Email: annmariemayers@gmail.com

Mock Trial
Christy Malatesta
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell
4400 Old Canton Rd Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39211-5982
Phone: (601) 969-7607
Fax: (601) 969-1116
Email: cmalatesta@danielcoker.com

Mock Trial - Oxford Regional
Julia Jimenez
Daniel Coker Horton & Bell PA
PO Box 1396
Oxford, MS 38655-1396
Phone: (662) 232-8979
Fax: (662) 232-8940
Email: jjimenez@danielcoker.com

Mock Trial - Coast Regional
Jaklyn Wrigley
Fisher & Phillips
2505 14th Street Ste 300
Gulfport, MS 39501-1953
Phone: (228) 822-1440
Fax: (228) 822-1441
Email: jwrigley@fisherphillips.com

Mock Trial - Jackson Regional
Andrew Harris
Jones Walker, LLP
PO Box 427
Jackson, MS 39205-0427
Phone: (601) 949-4816
Fax: (601) 949-4804
Email: aharris@joneswalker.com

Nominations, Elections & Awards
Clarence Webster
188 E Capitol St Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39201-2100
Phone: (601) 592-9906
Fax: (601) 592-1406
Email: cwebster@bradley.com

Public Service - Lawyers in the Libraries
Simon Bailey
One Jackson Place Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39201-2100
Phone: (601) 592-9941
Fax: (601) 592-1441
Email: sbailey@bradley.com

Public Service - Pro Se Day
Kaytie Pickett
Jones Walker
P O Box 427
Jackson, MS 39205-0427
Phone: (601) 709-3344
Fax: (601) 949-4804
Email: kpickett@joneswalker.com

Mimi Arthur
Forman Watkins Krutz & Tardy
200 S Lamar St Ste 100
Jackson, MS 39201-4099
Phone: (601) 973-8976
Email: Mimi.Arthur@formanwatkins.com

Solo and Small Firm
Matthew Shoemaker
Pearl River County Public Defender
PO Box 342
Poplarville, MS 39470-0342
Phone: (601) 403-2335
Fax: (601) 403-2327
Email: ms@pearlrivercounty.net

Veterans Legal Assistance Program
Jenny Baker
Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush
PO Box 10
Gulfport, MS 39502-0010
Phone: (228) 863-6101
Fax: (228) 868-9077
Email: jtbaker@cctb.com