Bradley is pleased to announce that Tiffany M. Graves, former executive director of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, has joined the firm as pro bono counsel, a newly created firm-wide position for overseeing the development and administration of the firm’s pro bono programs.
Ms. Graves is based in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany aboard to help us develop and grow our firm’s pro bono efforts serving all of the communities where our attorneys work and live,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Beau Grenier. “Bradley remains a forceful proponent of helping address the unmet legal needs of indigent individuals and charitable institutions.”
Bradley Jackson Office Managing Partner Margaret Oertling Cupples added, “Tiffany has tremendous experience serving key pro bono constituents across Mississippi and beyond. Our lawyers have a proven commitment to pro bono work, and we know Tiffany will help expand our reach and make our program stronger, not just in Mississippi but across the southeast.”
As head of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, which was created by the Mississippi Supreme Court, Ms. Graves promoted the 21-member commission’s initiatives to improve and expand access to civil justice to the nearly 700,000 Mississippians living in poverty. She was responsible for developing strategic goals and building coalitions to enhance the civil legal aid delivery system, supporting the evolving needs of underserved populations through critical outreach and programming, and maintaining working relationships with regional and national legal nonprofits, bar associations and justice leaders.
“I have always been a firm believer in the critical role that lawyers serve in their communities and the impact they can have by helping to fulfill unmet legal needs for the overall benefit to society,” Ms. Graves said. “I am excited to take on this exciting new role at Bradley to help continue to enhance and support our pro bono initiatives and service to the community.”
Previously, Ms. Graves served as interim director and adjunct professor for the Pro Bono Initiative at the University of Mississippi School of Law, and as executive director and general counsel for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Ms. Graves also is active with numerous professional and community organizations and activities including the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and the Community Advisory Board of the MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and an Inaugural Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. Ms. Graves received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Hollins University.
Bradley attorneys devote a significant amount of time to pro bono work and community service. Overall, the firm’s attorneys annually perform more than 12,500 hours of pro bono service valued at over $4.6 million. The firm also donates more than $700,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations each year. Bradley’s pro bono program supports people and groups in need of legal representation for death penalty cases, adoptions, evictions, human rights, privacy rights and prisoner rights. The firm’s attorneys also provide services for people in recovery from addiction, representation of start-up charitable nonprofits, and intellectual property work for low-income inventors, artists and entertainers.