Administrative Office of Courts
Chief Justice Waller to address University of Mississippi School of Law
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will give the keynote address to first year law students attending the University of Mississippi School of Law at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. He will speak at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Oxford campus.
Chief Justice Waller is expected to talk about ethics, professionalism and lawyers’ obligations of service to the profession. He encourages law students to become involved in pro bono work to help provide legal services to needy people who can’t afford legal representation.
Chief Justice Waller said, “Our justice system must be accessible to everyone, regardless of economic status.”
Mississippi Bar President Nina Stubblefield Tollison of Oxford and University of Mississippi School of Law Dean Richard Gershon also will address students as part of the James O. Dukes Law School Professionalism Program for first year students.
Small group discussion sessions are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Law Center. During the small group discussions, judges and lawyers from across the state will present scenarios of hypothetical ethical dilemmas. The discussions introduce students to court rules governing conduct and professionalism.
Participating students, lawyers and judges will have lunch at noon in the Law Center Mall.
The James O. Dukes Law School Professionalism Program is sponsored by the Mississippi Bar as part of orientation for students entering law school. The program is named in honor of its founder, the late James O. Dukes of Gulfport, a former Mississippi Bar president. This is the twelfth year that the Mississippi Bar has sponsored the professionalism program as part of orientation for students entering law school.
Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. of Batesville was the keynote speaker at the professionalism program for Mississippi College School of Law Aug. 11.