Annual Meeting



Old Capitol Inn

Jackson, Mississippi

 April 13, 2017 


Approximately 200 attorneys and their guests attended the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s 2017 Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, April 13 at the Old Capitol Inn.  Members of the Foundation gathered to honor and recognize lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the public and profession.  

Following the reception and dinner, President-Elect Karl Steinberger of Pascagoula presided over the annual meeting.  Steinberger presented a report mentioning the induction of new Fellows, the Memorial Service for deceased Fellows, and highlights of FY 2016-2017.  

Judge Mike McPhail of Hattiesburg received the 2017 Law-Related Public Education Award for 25 plus years of voluntary service as a judge for the High School Mock Trial Program.  This award is presented to a lawyer who has displayed excellence in enhancing the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system.  

Guff Abbott of Oxford received the Foundation’s 2017 Professionalism Award, the Foundation’s highest honor presented to an attorney for excellence in enhancing the public’s understanding of the law and the legal system and who exemplifies the best characteristics of the profession.


Twenty attorneys were elected as “Fellows” of the Bar Foundation at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on April 13 in Jackson. 

Pictured (2nd row, L to R) James L. Wilson, IV, Greenwood; F. Hall Bailey, Jackson; Lee Thaggard, Meridian; Pieter Teeuwissen, Jackson; Stephen P. Kruger, Jackson; Brehm T. Bell, Bay St. Louis; Edward “Ted” P. Connell, Jr., Clarksdale; D. Andrew Phillips, Oxford; Bobby L. Dallas, Ridgeland; and James K. Wetzel, Gulfport.

(Seated, left to right) – Tommie S. Cardin, Ridgeland; Susan R. Tsimortos, Jackson; Margaret O. Cupples, Jackson; Judge Carol L. White-Richard, Indianola; Crystal W. Martin, Jackson; Michelle D. Easterling, West Point; Gwen G. Combs, Hattiesburg; Judge Prentiss G. Harrell, Hattiesburg; and Susan L. Steffey, Jackson. Not pictured:  John F. Hawkins, Jackson.