11th Annual Day of Leadership  

Welcome from the President

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great excitement that I welcome you to the 43 rd year of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. Our theme for this year, Better Together, embraces the idea that our events are better when we are together; our impact to the community through service is better when we are serving together; and our ability to network is better when more of us are together. As women lawyers we are better together than we are apart—we can support one another, challenge one another, and help one another.

Our ability to be together is an incredible asset and one that I imagine Susie Blue Buchanan would have welcomed 100 years ago as she became the first woman to join the Mississippi State Bar Association in 1918. So many of us have walked into a courtroom or deposition as the only woman lawyer, but I cannot imagine what it must have been like for Susie Blue Buchanan to walk into the Mississippi State Bar Association as the only woman lawyer! My sincere hope for the women law students and lawyers in the State of Mississippi is for you to realize that, unlike Susie Blue Buchanan, you are not alone in this profession. This organization is here for you; to provide you with the resources you need to thrive as a woman lawyer in the State of Mississippi. The Mississippi Women Lawyers Association is committed to the idea that we are better as an organization when our individual members feel strong and supported by their membership in this organization.

The Board of Director’s primary goal for this year is engaging and increasing membership throughout the State of Mississippi. The only way this organization can be better is if more of us, as women lawyers, actually come together. As in the past, we will have regular membership meetings and socials in Jackson, North Mississippi, and South Mississippi. But, we are so excited about the opportunities for our members to get more involved with MWLA this year! In addition to the membership meetings across the state, we are also planning more service events to take place in Jackson, North, and South Mississippi. The Board of Directors is also planning some special member-only social and networking events throughout 2018-2019. This year we also have several new committees for members to join. These committees include a Bench & Bar Committee, a Community Service Committee, a Development Committee, a GOOD Guys Event Committee, a Legacy & Leadership Committee, a Membership Committee, a Socials Committee, and a Sunshine Committee. Committee service is a wonderful way to network with other women lawyers and learn more about the organization. Committee service is an excellent example of how this organization become betters when its members come together.

I am honored to serve as your President this year. I am so thankful to all those who have had a part in building this organization over the past 42 years and I am humbled to be a part of this organization’s history. I invite you to join me and the Board of Directors as we celebrate the fact that we are better together. We are better because of you!

If you have any questions about the organization or any suggestions on how we can become Better Together, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at JMurray@1call.org or at mswomenlawyers@gmail.com. Hope to see you soon!

Jessica E. Murray
2018-2019 MWLA President

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