Faculty and Staff Represent Law School at Mississippi Bar Convention


OXFORD, Miss.– Last week over a dozen UM faculty and staff represented the Law School at the Mississippi Bar Convention in Destin, Florida and participated in workshops, attended meetings, visited with alumni, and promoted the school.

Attendees included Dean Debbie Bell (JD ’78), Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, Associate Dean Ben Cooper, Associate Dean John McCullouch (JD ’79), Professor David Calder (JD ’86), Professor David Case (JD ’88), Assistant Dean Macey Edmondson (JD ’01), Executive Director Kirk Purdom (Alumni Affairs), Director Suzette Matthews (Development), Staff Attorney Carole Murphey (JD ’94)(Judicial College), Director Randy Pierce (JD ’97)(Judicial College), Professor Ron Rychlak, Assistant Director Scott Thompson (Alumni Affairs), and incoming Communications Specialist Jordan Thomas.

“Nothing is more important to us than our alumni and our state,” said Dean Bell. “I am so glad we have this special opportunity each year to connect with our graduates and with the Mississippi Bar.”

In addition to the workshops, CLEs, and receptions, the Bar Convention events also included the Lamar Order Dinner and the Law Alumni Luncheon, both well attended by faculty and staff. At the Law Alumni Luncheon, Colette A. Oldmixon (JD ’81) of Poplarville was named Law Alumna of the Year, and Thomas Vaughn (JD ’76) of Gulfport was recognized for his service as president of the Law Alumni Chapter’s board of directors.

The Law School also had a promotional table in the Lawyers’ Marketplace, featuring a mini-kiosk with digital images of alumni dating back to the 1940s, assorted yearbooks with candid photos, flyers and handouts with information on Law School activities, giveaways, prizes, and copies of the Clarion-Ledger.

“I’ve loved attending the Mississippi Bar Convention,” said Associate Dean Jack Nowlin, one of the many staffers at the promotional table. “Talking with our alums about their careers and about the Law School’s new programs has been so much fun. This year, we also brought down old yearbooks, and folks enjoyed that tremendously. I’m already looking forward to next year.”

View images from the Bar Convention and vintage yearbook photos.