MWLA: Growth through Unity and Community
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Welcome from the President
As I sit down to write my Welcome, I think about why I joined the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association and why I want to continue to belong to this organization. The answer is simple. MWLA is women helping women. Of course, this ideal is the foundation of the success and growth of women in the law, but it is also a vital tool for advancing our great State.
I am honored and humbled to serve as your President for the 2013-2014 year, and on behalf of the 2013-2014 MWLA Board of Directors, I welcome you to yet another exciting year for MWLA. MWLA was founded in 1976 by a group of thirty women attorneys from throughout the State of Mississippi. Their purpose was to enhance and develop the image of lawyers in Mississippi, promote fellowship among the members of the legal community, and advance women in the legal profession.
My hope for this year is to continue the achievements of those who came before us, and that hope is
why this year’s theme is MWLA: Growth through Unity and Community. I chose this theme because it
has great potential. It is so very important to me to continue to strengthen this organization through the
fellowship of our members and the commitment to our communities – within the profession and beyond. In keeping with this year’s theme, MWLA will continue to support Dress for Success: Metro Jackson and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. I’m also excited to say MWLA will take part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in April 2014 by entering a team.
Another twist for this year is MWLA will be holding the 6th Annual Day of Leadership on Friday, May 2, rather than the usual first Wednesday of May in order to encourage the attendance of our members. The Day of Leadership will offer 6 hours of CLE, and the Outstanding Woman of the Year awards recipients will be honored at a luncheon dividing the morning and afternoon CLE sessions. In addition to hosting the 6th Annual Day of Leadership in May 2014, we also plan to continue what 2012-2013 MWLA President, Tami Munsch, has started and try to offer CLE credit at most, if not all, of our meetings.
“Unity”, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the “totality of related parts; an entity that is a complex or systematic whole”. We each have our individual strengths and talents, and we should all work together to maximize our strengths and resources. MWLA is made up of so many outstanding women lawyers, and I encourage you to participate in this organization’s efforts to enhance and develop the image of lawyers in Mississippi, promote fellowship among the members of the legal community, and advance women in the legal profession.
MWLA is a state-wide organization, and we are going to continue to growing our participation in North and South Mississippi by hosting meetings and networking events in both regions. Whether you are in Jackson, North or South Mississippi, I ask that you invite your women colleagues, former classmates and friends to the various events of MWLA and encourage them to join!
I look forward to working with this year’s Board of Directors and seeing each of you at the membership lunches and other events. Please take a moment to review the calendar of events and complete a membership registration form. If you’re interested in serving on a committee or attending any of our regional events, please indicate such on the membership registration form or feel free to contact me (JDupont@jcboardatty.com), or any of our Directors, at any time.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President this year, and I look forward to another successful year of the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association.
Jessica M. Dupont, President
Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association