BYC Mentoring Conference Spring 2018

Friday, March 23, 2018

UM Law School, Oxford, Mississippi

The mission of the Bessie Young Council Mentoring Conference is to provide learning and networking opportunities for non-traditional law students and young lawyers.  Through its annual conference, the Bessie Young Council will share the experiences of its member attorneys and others in the field to help foster successful careers for those law students and young lawyers who may encounter unique obstacles along the way.

Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 23, 2018:

1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome / Opening Remarks from Law School & Bessie Young Conference
1:15-2:00 p.m. A.) Goldilocks and the Three Bears with Mary Ann Connell, Treasurer Lynn Fitch, Beebe Garrad, Jamie Jacks, Merrill King Nordstrom, Ashley Tullos, and Vangela Wade

  • How to find the law practice fit that is “just right”
  • Explanation of different types of practices from government, in-house, large firm and small firms, business sector
  • Explaining a litigation practice versus transactional or regulatory

B.) You’ve Only Just Begun with Katrina Brown, Mike Carr, Malissa Wilson, and Will Manuel (.75 CLE Credit)

  • Overview of the practicalities of law practice
  • A Discussion of making the most of your support staff
  • Examination of billing time and deciding what your time is worth
  • The overhead of a law firm – what will it cost you to go out on your own?
  • How do you get paid and why do you get paid the amount you did?
2:15-3:00 p.m. A.) How to Make Friends and Influence People with Lily Bass, Chancellor Jaye Bradley, Karen Clay, and John Henegan

  • An examination of the power of networking amongst your peers and community
  • Review of writing skills and decorum both in brief writing and email communication
  • How to handle the hostile opponent
  • Candid discussion of the obstacles women and young attorneys still face in the practice of law, along with ways to overcome those obstacles

B.) First Time’s the Charm with David Lynch, Ann Corso Taylor, Keishunna Webster, and Mary Clay Morgan (.75 CLE Credit)

  • An overview of best practices for your first big (or little) file
  • How to interview a client
  • How to establish the terms of your representation
  • Client representation contracts – best practices
  • First steps when reviewing an issue, transaction, or complaint served
  • Best practices for discovery, fact gathering, and due diligence
  • Looking forward to transaction closing, summary judgment, and/or trial
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Justice Ann Lamar
4:15-5:30 p.m. Law School Atrium

Registration and CLE:

To register for the BYC Conference and learn about available CLEs, please view the registration page.

If you’re interested in volunteering or have any questions, please email Suzette Matthews: