Welcome from the President

I am honored to be the 2015-2016 President of Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association, and I am looking forward to another phenomenal year for this organization! Last year, Greta Kemp, our Immediate Past President, crafted the theme of “Trial by Fire: 100 Years of Blazing a Trail” to highlight and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first female admitted to the Mississippi Bar. This year, our theme of “Empowering Women with Strength of Unity and the Courage to Lead” builds upon the legacy of those trail blazers to empower and unite women in the profession to have the courage and take the initiative to be leaders in the legal field and in their communities.

The MWLA Board of Directors has an exceptional calendar of events set for 2015-2016, which include our exceptional CLE programs and socials across the great State of Mississippi.   I encourage you to click the Calendar link to see the event lineup for this year and mark your calendars for events near you!

In an effort to further the 2015-2016 MWLA theme, the MWLA Board of Directors has a goal to increase our membership.  Last year, we had a membership base of approximately 160 members, which is simply too low for an organization such as MWLA!  The old adage that there is strength in numbers holds true to MWLA’s founding principles to enhance and develop the image of lawyers in Mississippi, promote fellowship among the members of the legal community, and to advance women in the legal profession.  I encourage each of you reading this message to help MWLA reach a membership goal of at least 200 members and advance the founding principles of MWLA by renewing your membership today and by encouraging other women lawyers to join MWLA.

MWLA is continuing its support for Dress for Success and Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.  Please remember to bring new or lightly-worn and dry-cleaned business attire that you no longer use to any MWLA event as a donation to Dress for Success.  I would also encourage you to check out the MVLP webpage to make a financial contribution to MVLP or to volunteer.  MWLA will also have a team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Jackson, so if you would like to join the MWLA team, please email us at mswomenlawyers@gmail.com.

Please mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Day of Leadership on May 6, 2016.  Day of Leadership is our opportunity to join together for a full day of CLE that is designed to empower and unite women in the profession, and we will recognize an Outstanding Woman Lawyer and a lawyer deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual awards luncheon.

Thank you for allowing me to serve as the 2015-2016 MWLA President! I look forward to seeing each of you at a MWLA event soon!


Brandi Gatewood, President
Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association

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