YLD President's Message

Young Lawyers Division News

Bradley M. Reeves,
2017-2018 Young Lawyers Division President

This year’s Young Lawyers Division activities began with the swearing in of the newly-elected officers during The Mississippi Bar’s Annual Convention in July.  I look forward to serving this year with President-Elect Ann Marie Pate of Cleveland, Secretary Jaklyn Wrigley of Gulfport and our Board of Directors from throughout the State of Mississippi.  In August, Mississippi was well represented by a contingent from the Young Lawyers Division at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in New York.

We held our first meeting of this year’s YLD Board of Directors at the Mississippi Bar Center on August 18th and 19th, with a strategic planning and brainstorming session on Friday which helped to identify our goals for the year and provided some great ideas to be implemented.  This year we have added a new committee focused on Attorney Wellness which is being chaired by Anna Powers.  Anna and her committee plan to offer programs and seminars which address issues including work-life balance, stress and exercise.  We believe this committee will also be able to partner with some of the existing programs offered by the Chip Glaze and the Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program.   Another area of emphasis for this year is the Communications committee, which is chaired by Ben McMurtray.  In addition to the YLD newsletter, the Communications committee seeks to engage young lawyers and update others of YLD activities through social media, including the YLD Facebook and Twitter accounts.

This year the YLD will also continue its emphasis on public service.  The Veterans Legal Assistance Committee, led by Jenny Baker, hosted a clinic on September 20th in Gulfport which assisted 13 veterans with various issues.  Also, the YLD partnered with Jackson Young Lawyers to host a Lawyers in the Library event, providing pro bono legal services at the Margaret Walker Alexander Library in Jackson on October 25th.

High School Mock Trial Committee chair Christy Malatesta has posted the case for this year’s competition and it will involve a criminal matter.  We appreciate those who have agreed to coach teams in their area but, as always, this competition cannot be a success without volunteer attorneys filling the role as judges.  Three Regional Competitions will be held across the state with Jackson on January 20th, the Coast on January 27th, and Oxford on February 3rd, and the Statewide Finals in Jackson on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd.  Judges are needed for all rounds of the competition so please volunteer to judge by contacting Rene' Garner at rgarner@msbar.org.

The Young Lawyers Division had an active fall and looks forward to carrying this momentum into the coming year.  If you would like to become more involved with YLD, I encourage you to check out the YLD page on The Mississippi Bar’s website (under “Inside the Bar” tab) and contact Rene’ Garner at rgarner@msbar.org or me at breeves@randallsegrest.com.