The Women’s Student Bar Association is an active organization at Mississippi College School of Law, which seeks to shed light on women’s issues and places special emphasis on philanthropy. The WSBA through education, networking, scholarship, fellowship, and charity, helps to prepare its members for a future in the legal profession. The WSBA provides its active members with catered lunches at its monthly general body meetings. The monthly meetings involve topics that tend to repeatedly affect women in the profession. Various topics include, “Balancing a Family and a Legal Career,” “Networking for Women,” and “Giving Back to the Community.” Local female attorneys and judges often attend the meetings with many of them serving as mentors to our WSBA members.
Additionally, the WSBA provides various opportunities to attend continuing education workshops throughout the year. Examples include, “Gandy Lecture Series” and “Women in the Law”. The Gandy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Women in the Profession Committee of the Mississippi Bar and is a two-day conference, which discusses issues that affect women in the legal profession. Examples include “Juggling to be a Player,” “Juggling Family and Career,” “The Gandy hour,” and “Balancing Ethics and the Legal Profession.” Scholarships to attend the two-day conference are awarded annually to WSBA active members. The “Women in the Law” series is likely to be taught by our Dean, Wendy Scott during the 2015-2016 school year. Fellowship amongst our members is also encouraged. In fact, Professor Judith Johnson hosts a Potluck Dinner annually.
The Women’s Student Bar Association also sponsors charity events throughout the year in order to demonstrate our commitment to philanthropy. During the 2007-2008 school year, the WSBA held its annual book drive and date auction in order to raise money for the Catholic Charities Battered Women’s Shelter in Jackson. Over $1,500.00 was raised and donated to the shelter. Moreover, the WBSA participates yearly in the Susan G. Komen 5K Race, which raises money and awareness for breast cancer research. Recently, we have agreed to partner with other student organizations such as the Black Law Students Association, Mississippi Association for Justice, and the Military Justice Society to raise money for various causes in the greater Jackson area.
Professor Cecile Edwards is the WSBA’s faculty advisor and works tirelessly with our organization often giving direction, guidance, and mentoring to both our members and officers.
For more information concerning MC Law’s chapter, contact Jenna Fugarino, WSBA President at firstname.lastname@example.org.