The Mississippi Bar

P.O. Box 2168
Jackson, MS 39225-2168
Telephone: (601) 948-4471
Fax: (601) 355-8635


Established: 1906
Total Number of Members (Active & Inactive): 10,297
In State Active Members: 6,802
Out of State Active Members: 1,714
In State Inactive Members: 556
Out of State Inactive Members: 1,225
Membership is: Compulsory

Bar Profile:
The Mississippi Bar shall serve the public good by promoting excellence in the profession and in our system of justice.

The Mississippi Bar seeks to serve its members and the public interest by championing the administration of justice and the preservation of the Rule of Law.

Goal 1
Assure the highest standards of professionalism, civility, integrity and ethical conduct in the practice of law.

Goal 2
Increase public understanding, trust and confidence in the law and the legal system so that the public more fully understands and utilizes their legal system and constitutional rights.

Goal 3
Advance excellence in our system of justice by promoting a competent, respected, and impartial judiciary.

Goal 4
Increase equal access to fair and impartial courts.

Goal 5
Be relevant to member needs by offering programs and services to assist members in providing high quality legal services in a professional and cost effective manner and provide members with opportunities to serve.

Annual Meetings
July 7-10, 2010
Destin, Florida

2010-2011 Officers

Current Officers & Leadership

Nina Stubblefield Tollison (Nina)
P.O. Box 1192
Oxford, MS 38655-1192
Phone: (662) 816-7755

Hugh D. Keating (Hugh)
Dukes Dukes Keating & Faneca
P.O. Drawer W
Gulfport, MS 39502-0680
Phone: (228) 868-1111
Fax: (228) 863-2886

Second Vice-President
James Donald Maxwell II (Jimmy)
MS Court of Appeals
P.O. Box 22847
Jackson, MS 39225-2847
Phone: (601) 576-4643
Fax: (601) 576-4708

Immediate Past President
George R. Fair (George)
Watkins & Eager
P.O. Box 650
Jackson, MS 39205-0650
Phone: (601) 965-1900
Fax: (601) 965-1901

Secretary Treasurer
(Executive Director)
Larry Houchins
P.O. Box 2168
Jackson, MS 39225-2168
Tel: (601) 960-9575
Fax: (601) 355-8635


Executive Director
Larry Houchins

Associate Executive Director
Melanie Henry

General Counsel
Adam B. Kilgore

Membership Records Administrator
Kathy Bass


The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section serves to address all aspects of the practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution. This section's goal is to prepare its members for the law profession of the future in which multiple dispute resolution options will become an integral part of every attorney's practice. The section provides information and technical assistance to its members, legislators, government departments and the general public on all aspects of dispute resolution. This section will study existing methods for the prompt and effective resolution of disputes; adapt current legal procedures to accommodate court-annexed and court-directed dispute resolution processes; strive to activate local bar involvement in dispute resolution, and conduct public and professional education programs.
Jeannie Hogan Sansing
Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes
P.O. Box 7520
Columbus, MS 39705
Phone: (662) 329-8370
Fax: (662) 240-4127

The Business Law Section strives to maintain a tradition of excellence in programs and publications for its members. This Section encompasses attorneys who practice in the area of banking, savings and loan, credit union, corporation and commercial law. Section activities include publishing newsletters and a Membership Directory, conducting an Annual Business Law Seminar and distributing a $500 scholarship to a law student at each of Mississippi's Law Schools.
William “Bill” E. McLeod
McLeod & Mars PA
10 Professional Pkwy
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Phone: (601) 545-8299
Fax: (601) 545-8298

The Estates and Trusts Section advises its members of judicial and legislative developments, as well as court procedural changes affecting estate and trust planning and administration. This Section prints a newsletter, conducts an Annual CLE Seminar and actively monitors bills introduced in the Mississippi legislature that affect the practice of Section members.
Henry Dick
Page Mannino Peresich & McDermott
P.O. Drawer 289
Biloxi, MS 39533-0289
Phone: (228) 374-2100
Fax: (228) 432-5539

The Family Law Section keeps its members informed of the numerous changes and trends in this field of law. This goal is met through the sponsorship of the annual Hot Tips Family Law Seminars across the state and the publication of newsletters. The Section works to improve the quality of legal practice and monitor legislation pertaining to the family law area.
Philip “David” Bridges
Law Offices of Richard C Roberts III
P.O. Box 55882
Jackson, MS 39296-5882
Phone: (601) 607-4144
Fax: (601) 607-4194

The Gaming Law Section includes attorneys representing gaming operators, manufacturers, distributors and other gaming related entities, gaming patrons, vendors and suppliers to the gaming industry, landlords and others. This newly formed Section keeps its members abreast of information regarding the practice of gaming law by publishing newsletters and holding CLE Seminars. This Section also strives to work with the Gaming Commission on relevant statutes and regulations.
Samuel “Sam” L. Begley
Begley Law Firm
P.O. Box 287
Jackson, MS 39205-0287
Phone: (601) 969-5545
Fax: (601) 969-5547

The Government Law Section provides assistance and support to public and private practitioners of local government law. This Section provides a forum for Section members to share ideas, research materials and experiences. A Section Newsletter addressing issues in this area of law is published for Section members.
Jon Mark Weathers
Office of the District Attorney
P.O. Box 166
Hattiesburg, MS 39403-0166
Phone: (601) 545-1551
Fax: (601) 545-6097

The Health Law Section addresses issues of concern to attorneys devoted to dealing with the administration of health care. This Section has been active in the continuing legal education field and it publishes a Section newsletter and an annual membership directory of its members.
John G. Wheeler
Mitchell McNutt & Sams
P.O. Box 7120
Tupelo, MS 38802-7120
Phone: (662) 842-3871
Fax: (662) 842-8450

The Intellectual Property Section's mission is primarily education on a variety of intellectual property areas, including trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, patents, service marks, computer law, and other related issues. The Section is committed to keeping its members fully informed of the latest developments in this ever-expanding field and to provide opportunities to exchange ideas, approaches and experiences relating to intellectual property law. The Intellectual Property Section will aid its members in keeping pace with the accelerating developments in the many fields closely associated with patents, trademarks and copyrights and provide a forum for the discussion of questions of vital interest to all lawyers concerned with intellectual property rights.
Marcial D. Forester, Jr.
Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes
P.O. Drawer 119
Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: (601) 973-8795
Fax: (601) 960-6902

The Labor and Employment Law Section consists of attorneys who represent employers, employees and labor organizations in employment, labor and civil rights disputes. Almost 100 members gather annually for one day of continuing legal education, and many attend the annual Multi-State Labor and Employment Law Seminar which the Section co-sponsors.
Kaye J. Persons
Kaye J Persons PLLC
14445 Jim Byrd Rd
Biloxi, MS 39532-7907
Phone: (228) 396-3700
Fax: (228) 396-0055

The Litigation and General Practice Section is involved in a wide range of activities of interest to the civil litigator, the general practitioner and to the bench. Through newsletters and CLE Seminars, this Section analyzes and discusses methods designed to promote justice in our courts. As a service to Mississippi attorneys, this Section also publishes the Mississippi Rules Annotated.
L. Grant Bennett
Hicks & Bennett PLLC
P.O. Box 18350
Hattiesburg, MS 39404-8350
Phone: (601) 544-6770
Fax: (601) 544-6775

The Prosecutors Section was formed to assemble a framework within the Bar for prosecutors to exchange information related to the practice of criminal law. In addition, it strives to provide opportunities for its members to increase their knowledge in the field of prosecution through the publication of newsletters, featured speakers during Section meetings and seminars, and lobbies for essential legislation concerning criminal law prosecution.
Anthony “Tony” Lawrence III
Office of the District Attorney
P.O. Box 1756
Pascagoula, MS 39568-1756
Phone: (228) 769-3045
Fax: (228) 769-3345

The Real Property Section addresses all aspects of real property practice and procedure in Mississippi. The Real Property Section strives to advise its membership of all changes in this area of law on a timely basis by publishing several newsletters throughout the year. The Section also keeps its members informed of new legislation and lobbies for needed legislation relative to Real Property practice.
Don Ogden
First American Title Insurance Co
4780 I-55 N Ste 400
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: (601) 366-1222
Fax: (866) 581-6491

Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law.
Theodore “Ted” D. Lampton
MS Dept of Environmental Quality Legal Division
P.O. Box 2261
Jackson, MS 39225-2261
Phone: (601) 961-5573

The Taxation Section encourages improvement and efficient administration of tax law and promotes the exchange of ideas among attorneys sharing a common interest in state and federal tax law. The Section publishes a newsletter for its members and conducts an Annual Tax Law Clinic focusing on current developments in this area of law.
Barry Kent Jones
Wise Carter Child & Caraway
P.O. Box 651
Jackson, MS 39205-0651
Phone: (601) 968-5500
Fax: (601) 968-5513

The Administrative Law and Workers Compensation Section helps its members keep abreast of developments in this rapidly growing area of legal practice. Composed of attorneys who practice in the areas of school law, unemployment compensation, social security, and workers compensation. This Section regularly publishes newsletters.
Richie Edmonson
Markow Walker
P.O. Box 13669
Jackson, MS 39236-3669
Phone: (601) 853-1911
Fax: (601) 853-8284