Bradley is pleased to announce that Michael Casey Williams, an attorney in the firm’s Jackson office, is the recipient of the firm’s 2019 Cameron J. Miller Award for Excellence and Community Service. The award was presented June 27 to Mr. Williams at an event in the firm’s Jackson office.
The award honors an associate who exemplifies the excellence, in and out of the law firm, of Cameron Miller, who died in June 2012 battling cancer while in his first year of practice as an attorney with Bradley. The firm established the award in conjunction with Mr. Miller’s parents, Frank and Alice Miller; his fiancée at the time of his passing, Katherine Perry; and Ms. Perry’s parents, Charlie and Sheri Perry.
“We are immensely proud of Michael’s commitment to civic work and other efforts to support and benefit our community,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “Michael is a highly deserving recipient of this award, following in the footsteps of other Bradley attorneys who have helped to carry on the memory of Cam through community service and legal excellence.”
The award includes a donation to a charity in Mr. Miller’s memory. This year, with the support of the Miller and Perry families, the firm will make collective cash donations of $5,000 each to 100 Black Men of Jackson (BMJ) and the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM), which are the charitable/community service organizations selected by Mr. Williams.
Mr. Williams has been a member of BMJ for four years and currently serves on its board of directors. Through mentoring, education and empowerment initiatives, BMJ’s mission is to improve the quality of life in local communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.
Mr. Williams has served as the school coordinator for the BMJ mentoring program, which has involved field trips and weekend activities for elementary-age children. In this role, he has also worked with the MCM to provide grant funding for an intensive reading camp for third graders. The MCM is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to inspiring Mississippi’s children from all backgrounds to discover and achieve their potential. Margaret Cupples, managing partner of Bradley’s Jackson office and a MCM board member, noted that “Michael’s efforts to provide additional funding for this summer camp will help these third graders improve their scores on the mandatory reading assessment that they must pass to advance to fourth grade.”
Also through his work with BMJ, Mr. Williams and Bradley have provided pro bono services on a legal guardianship matter.
Mr. Williams’ other community involvements have included coaching mock trial teams at Lanier High School and serving on the Jackson Zoo event planning committee for large fundraising events.
At Bradley, Mr. Williams serves as the firm’s liaison to Ole Miss Law’s Bessie Young Council (BYC) and leads the firm’s winter internship program through BYC, which is an organization for non-traditional and/or diverse law students.
In his law practice, Mr. Williams represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including product liability litigation, mass tort litigation, and employment litigation in both state and federal court. A member of Bradley’s Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups, Mr. Williams also assists clients in the protection and use of their intellectual property rights.
Recently, Mr. Williams was selected to participate in the Mississippi Bar Leadership Forum and was appointed Special Counsel to the Character & Fitness Committee of the Mississippi Bar.