The Mississippi Bar’s ability to take a position on proposed legislation is limited to matters affecting the regulation of the profession and the improvement of the quality of legal services.
Positions Adopted by the Board of Bar Commissioners for the 2024 Mississippi Legislative Session:
- Support for the Mississippi Supreme Court’s efforts in advocating for its Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request as well as the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Requests of the District Attorneys and Staff and the State Public Defender to the extent these requests do not conflict with the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Budget Request.
- Support for the Office of the State Public Defender’s proposal to subsidize indigent defense at the County level and set practice standards subject to approval by the Mississippi Supreme Court.
- Oppose any amendment to the Fresh Start Act that would make its provisions applicable to the admission and/or reinstatement to the practice of law as the Mississippi Supreme Court has exclusive and inherent jurisdiction of the admission to practice law, the attorney discipline system, and the reinstatement to the practice of law.
- Oppose the disbarment requirement in House Bill 226 as the Mississippi Supreme Court has exclusive and inherent jurisdiction of attorney discipline matters.
- Oppose House Bill 1381 as the Mississippi Supreme Court has exclusive and inherent jurisdiction of the admission to practice law.
During the 2024 General Session of the Mississippi Legislature, The Clay Firm will provide an update of pending legislation that may be of interest to the legal profession. Click here for the most current Bill Status Report and click here if you wish to directly access the Mississippi Legislature’s website. If you have questions or concerns regarding legislation, you may contact Beth Clay or Stephen Clay at 601-353-0559.