Past Events


July Luncheon with U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge E. Grady Jolly

The Mississippi Chapter hosted U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge E. Grady Jolly for our July luncheon meeting at the Capital Club. Judge Jolly has announced he will take senior status in October. This long-serving Circuit Judge shared with the overflow crowd his insights on the operation of the Fifth Circuit and offered some observations of the Court and its judges from his years of service. He entertained questions from the audience and used his well-known sense of humor to illustrate his points. President Brad Davis introduced Judge Jolly and noted the upcoming meetings of the Chapter on the Gulf Coast and in Oxford.


(l to r) Mary Helen Wall, Secretary (US Attorney’s Office); Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt, Executive Director (Mississippi College School of Law); Judge Jolly; Krissy Nobile, Vice-President (MS Attorney General’s Office); and Brad Davis, President (Jones Walker)

May Luncheon with U.S. Magistrate Judges David A. Sanders and Jane M. Virden

The Mississippi Chapter hosted U.S. Magistrate Judges David A. Sanders and Jane M. Virden for our May luncheon meeting at the Capital Club. Our Magistrate Judges shared with the overflow crowd their insights into Federal pre-trial practice and pointers for effective practice. They entertained questions from the audience and engaged in a lively give and take with their comments. President Brad Davis presented outgoing President Mike Hurst with a gavel and plaque and thanked him for his outstanding leadership of the Chapter for the past year.


(l to r) Executive Director/Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law), Past President Mike Hurst (MS Center for Public Policy), Judges Sanders and Virden (speakers), President Brad Davis (Jones Walker), and Vice President Patrick McDowell (Brunini Law)
March Luncheon with the Honorable Leslie Southwick

The Mississippi Chapter was honored to have Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Leslie Southwick speak to a packed luncheon at the Capital Club for its March meeting. Judge Southwick provided a historical look at the confirmation process for Federal judges in light of the current political process and shared some insights from his own confirmation process.


(l to r): Dean Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law) Executive Director; Patrick McDowell (Brunini) Treasurer, Judge Southwick, Krissy Nobile (Attorney General’s Office) Secretary, and Candice Rucker, law clerk to Judge Southwick.
Student Division of the FBA at Mississippi College School of Law

The Student Division of the FBA at Mississippi College School of Law hosted former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in March for a presentation to the students, faculty, and members of the legal community. General Ashcroft shared with the standing room only crowd the ups and downs of his political career and the lessons he learned along the way. He took questions from the student members of the FBA and the general audience and received a standing ovation.


(l to r): Michael Mann (’19) vice-president; General Ashcroft; Hannah Gaddy (’19) secretary; and Sam Noblin (’19) president.
Jackson Meeting with U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate

The Mississippi Chapter introduced its new officer slate at the January meeting in the Capital Club. Outgoing president Mike Hurst passed the gavel to incoming president Brad Davis and welcomed Mary Helen Wall to the leadership team. U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate provided a history lesson focusing on the tense period prior to the Revolutionary War leading to the Boston Massacre in which Crispus Attucks was killed--thought to be the first casualty of the Revolutionary War.

(l to r): Dean Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law) Executive Director; Krissy Nobile (Mississippi Attorney General’s Office) Treasurer; Patrick McDowell (Brunini) Vice-President; Judge Henry Wingate; Brad Davis (Jones Walker) President; and Mary Helen Wall (U.S. Attorney’s Office) Secretary.
Oxford Meeting with the Northern District

In October, the Mississippi Chapter hosted a luncheon at The Inn in Oxford in connection with a CLE program conducted by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi. Chief Judge Sharion Aycock spoke to the members and their guests about events and case workload in the Northern District and introduced her fellow judges and special guests. Following the luncheon the members attended the excellent CLE sponsored by the Court.


(l to r) Dean Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law) Executive Director; Chief Judge Sharion Aycock; and Krissy Nobile (Mississippi Attorney General’s Office) Secretary.
Mississippi Chapter Gulf Coast Meeting

The Mississippi Chapter met in September on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the historic White House Hotel. President Mike Hurst introduced Charlie Spillers who shared accounts from his book Confessions of an Undercover Agent as he worked to arrest drug dealers and other criminals in Louisiana and Mississippi. Chief Judge Louis Guirola had worked with Charlie in his early days in law enforcement and was a special guest.


(l to r) Dean Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law) Executive Director; Mike Hurst (President) Mississippi Justice Institute; Chief Judge Guirola (SD, MS); Charlie Spillers; Patrick McDowell (Brunini) Treasurer
May Meeting with The Honorable Charles Pickering

Former Fifth Circuit Judge Charles Pickering spoke to the Mississippi Chapter at the May luncheon meeting at the Capital Club. Judge Pickering described his work as a long-serving U.S. District Court Judge and the confirmation process associated with his recess appointment to the Fifth Circuit. Following his Federal judicial service Judge Pickering served as a litigation mediator and maintained a law practice in Petal, Mississippi. A number of Judge Pickering’s former judicial colleagues attended the luncheon.


(l to r) Executive Director/Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law), Chapter President Mike Hurst (MS Center for Public Policy), U.S. District Court Judge Henry Wingate, Judge Pickering, U.S. District Court Judge Tom Lee, Treasurer Patrick McDowell (Brunini), Past President Dean Meta Copeland (Mississippi College School of Law)
March Meeting with Professor Matt Steffey of the Mississippi College School of Law

Professor Matt Steffey of the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson spoke at the March meeting of the Mississippi Chapter and provided a review of recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and some predictions about the approaches the Court might take in pending cases. He fielded questions from the members in a lively exchange regarding the philosophies of Constitutional interpretation.



(l to r) Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt, Executive Director (Mississippi College School of Law); Professor Steffey; U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves; Patrick McDowell, Secretary (Brunini); and Mike Hurst, President (Mississippi Justice Institute)
January Meeting with U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett was the speaker for the January meeting of the Mississippi Chapter. An overflow group of FBA members and guests enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch at the Capital Club and were treated to an excellent talk by Judge Starrett concerning the concept of re-entry from incarceration, drug courts, and veterans courts. The Chapter voted to approve the slate of new officers. President Mike Hurst accepted the gavel of leadership from Dean Meta Copeland who provided outstanding leadership in 2015.



(l to r) Executive Director/Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law), Board Liaison Krissy Nobile (AG’s Office), President Mike Hurst (MS Center for Public Policy), Judge Starrett (speaker), Secretary Brad Davis (Jones Walker), Treasurer Patrick McDowell (Brunini), Past President, Dean Meta Copeland (Mississippi College School of Law)
November Meeting with Congressman Greg Harper

Congressman Greg Harper was the speaker at the November meeting of the Mississippi Chapter. The overflow crowd feasted on a delicious buffet lunch at the Capital Club and enjoyed the insights Congressman Harper offered concerning the current political scene in Washington, DC.



(l to r) Board Liaison Krissy Nobile (AG’s Office), Professor/President Meta Copeland (Mississippi College School of Law), Congressman Harper, Executive Director/Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law), Liaison Danielle Brewer (Brewer Legal Services), Treasurer Brad Davis (Jones Walker)
Gulf Coast Meeting with Gov. Haley Barbour

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was the luncheon speaker at the Gulf Coast meeting of the Mississippi Chapter held at the historic and newly reopened White House Hotel. The Federal Judges turned out in force to join a nice cohort of practitioners. Governor Barbour’s remarks focused on the recovery following Hurricane Katrina and the role played by the various institutions to include attorneys and the legal community. Following the luncheon Governor Barbour signed copies of his new book America’s Great Storm: Leading through Hurricane Katrina.



(l to r) Brad Davis, Treasurer (Jones Walker), Danielle Brewer, Gulf Coast Liaison (Brewer Legal Services), Chief Judge Louis Guirola, Governor Barbour, Mike Hurst, Secretary (former Assistant U.S. Attorney), Professor Meta Copeland, President (Mississippi College School of Law), Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenlatt, Executive Director (Mississippi College School of Law)
October 2015 Meeting with Chief Judge Sharion Aycock

Chief Judge Sharion Aycock assembled the Federal Judges of the Northern District of Mississippi for the October luncheon meeting of the Mississippi Chapter prior to the CLE they host each year in Oxford. Chief Judge Aycock provided an update for the Northern District, introduced the judges of the District, and then presented her special guest Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit who spoke to the record crowd about the activities of her court.



(l to r) Brad Davis, secretary (Jones Walker); Chief Judge Aycock; Circuit Judge Elrod; Mike Hurst, vice-president (former Assistant US Attorney); Professor Meta Copeland, president (Mississippi College School of Law); Krissy Nobile, board liaison (Mississippi Attorney General’s Office); and Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt, executive director (Mississippi College School of Law)
September 2015 Meeting with Hon. Neil Olack

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Neil Olack of the Northern and Southern District of Mississippi presented the September program for the Mississippi Chapter. Judge Olack used a series of examples to show the relevance of bankruptcy practice to many other practice areas. As a result of his talk a number of attorneys vowed to return to their offices and check the bankruptcy filings. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Olack is an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.



(l to r) President/Professor Meta Copeland (Mississippi College School of Law), Judge Olack, Secretary Brad Davis (Jones Walker), Executive Director/Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law)
July 2015 Meeting with Hon. Michael Mills

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi spoke to an overflow group at the Capital Club for the July meeting of the Mississippi Chapter. Judge Mills used his sharp wit and captivating story telling ability to share his experiences and provide trial advice. Prior to his appointment to the Federal bench, Judge Mills was a private practitioner, an appellate judge on the Mississippi Supreme Court, and a Representative in the Mississippi Legislature. He used humorous examples to compare and contrast the legal positions he held.



(l to r) Krissy Nobile (Mississippi Attorney General’s Office), Judge Mills, Professor Mega Copeland (Mississippi College School of Law), Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Jim Rosenblatt (Mississippi College School of Law)
October 2014 Luncheon

The Mississippi Chapter recently hosted a luncheon on Thursday, October 16, 2014, featuring the Honorable John Gargiulo, the new U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi in Gulfport, Mississippi. The chapter followed the luncheon by partnering with Habitat for Humanity for a construction project there in Gulfport the following day, in conjunction with a grant the chapter received from the Foundation of the FBA.



(l to r) Mike Hurst, chapter treasurer; Danielle Brewer Jones, chapter secretary; Kate Margolis, chapter president; Hon. John Gargiulo, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Mississippi; Hon. Louis Guirola, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi; Hon. Robert H. Walker, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Mississippi; and Hon. Sul Ozerden, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of Mississippi

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