42 attorneys from Jackson were facilitators in The Mississippi Bar’s Law School Orientation on Professionalism, which took place at orientation sessions at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College Schools of Law on August 11 and August 19. The following participated in this year’s programs: Clifford B. Ammons, Hall Bailey, Robert A. Biggs, III, Roy D. Campbell, III, Justice George C. Carlson, Jr., Tammra O. Cascio, John W. Chapman, Mark A. Chinn, York Craig, Jr., William M. Dalehite, Jr., La'Verne Edney, Lynn Fitch, Judge Kenny Griffis, Jr., Jennifer G. Hall, Cliff Hodge, Jr., James D. Holland, Judge Tyree Irving, Judge David M. Ishee, Amanda K. Jones, Judge Winston L. Kidd, Adam B. Kilgore, Judge Leslie D. King, Lynn P. Ladner, Justice Ann H. Lamar, Judge Joe Lee, Judge James D. Maxwell, II, David W. Mockbee, Beth Orlansky, Steven D. Orlansky, Charles T. Ozier, Ben J. Piazza, Jr., Chadwick W. Russell, Judge Leslie H. Southwick, Stephen L. Thomas, Hunter Twiford, III, Michael W. Ulmer, Leonard D. Van Slyke, Jr., Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr., Walter S. Weems, Joseph T. Wilkins, III, Marcus M. Wilson, and Judge Patricia D. Wise.
Over 100 lawyers and judges statewide were selected to serve as facilitators for the program. Facilitators were considered as respected individuals who consistently uphold the legal and ethical obligations required by a law career.
Nina S. Tollison, President of The Mississippi Bar stated, “Having participated in the 12th Annual James O. Dukes Professionalism Program, “I have a renewed appreciation of the positive impact and importance of this program for our profession.” The Professionalism Program was named for former Bar President James O. Dukes, who founded the program.
Following keynote addresses by Chief Justice William L. Waller, Jr. at the University of Mississippi Law School and Justice George C. Carlson at Mississippi College School of Law, breakout sessions were conducted in which groups of attorney facilitators and students examined hypothetical legal situations designed to provoke discussion of professionalism and ethical issues that arise in the everyday practice of law.