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Senate – Student Bar Association

3L Senators

Johnny Douglas

Johnny Douglas is a third-year law student and serves as a 3L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Johnny is a native of Ackerman, MS. Before attending the University of Mississippi School of Law, Johnny attended Mississippi State University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Cum Laude, in 2018. As an undergraduate, Johnny served as an Ambassador for the College of Business, Treasurer of the College Republicans, Vice President of UKIRK ministries, Public Relations committee member for the MSU Student Association and served on the Fundraising and Public Relations Committee for STATEDM. Johnny currently serves as a member of Dean’s Leadership Council, member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Vice President of Finance for the Earth Policy Alliance. In the Spring 2020 semester, Johnny served as a Limited Practice Student Attorney for the University of Mississippi School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic. He expects to graduate May 2021.

Brandi Granderson

Brandi Granderson is a third-year law student and serves as a 3L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Brandi, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a legal scholar who is an advocate for women, economic development, education, and critical issues affecting sports, entertainment, and at-risk communities. Ms. Granderson holds a Masters in Business Administration focused on Management and International Business from Jackson State University with High Honors. Additionally, Ms. Granderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and graduated with the honors of Magna Cum Laude from Clark Atlanta University.

Ms. Granderson serves as Staff Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review. At the same time, Brandi is currently serving as President of the Entertainment and Sports Law society. She is also an active member in the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), American Bar Association (ABA), National Bar Association (NBA), and the Magnolia Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Granderson is a student appointee for the law school’s curriculum and best practices committee.

Recently, Brandi was chosen as one the Inaugural Law Clerks for the National Bar Association “Black Lives Matter” Program under the Commercial Law Division (NBA-CLS) for Littler Mendelson P.C. In 2019, Ms. Granderson was selected to participate in the highly competitive Texas Legislative Internship Program and promoted to serve as Assistant Committee Clerk on House Committee of County Affairs during the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Ms. Granderson has also been honored as a Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute Scholar by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund organization. Additionally, Brandi has also served as a (FOIA) Law Clerk and Legislative and Public Affairs Intern for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for two consecutive summers in Washington, D.C.

Prior to law school, Brandi’s professional and career highlights include being selected as Top 40 under 40 of Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal, being honored as a 25th Year Alumnus Honoree for Clark Atlanta University, and being selected as a member of Leadership of Greater Jackson. Among other things, Ms. Granderson is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Association of Junior Leagues International where she has served in many leadership roles advancing both the organization’s mission and values.

Upon graduation, Brandi hopes to become a Corporate Lawyer with a major organization or corporation with intersectionality in the areas of transactional law, intellectual property, sports and entertainment, governmental affairs, or employment/labor law.

Caleb Pracht

Caleb is a third year law student and serves as a 3L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Caleb attended the University of Mississippi for his undergraduate degree in Public Policy, where he was a member of the Honors College and the Trent Lott Leadership Institute. In law school, Caleb has proudly served as co-founder and President of the Student Health Law Association, among other roles. He is the proud recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Bar Association’s Health Law Section Scholarship.

After graduation, Caleb will move to Jackson, Mississippi and join the Office of Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch to serve as Special Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. In that role, he will collaborate with the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, and other state Attorneys General on multi-district litigation against fraudulent businesses. In addition, he will pursue his L.L.M. degree in Health Law and Compliance from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.

In his spare time, you can find Caleb cheering on the Rebels at Vaught Hemingway, The Pavilion, or Swayze Field.

2L Senators

Kapule Gray

Kapule Gray is a second-year law student and serves as 2L Senator of the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Kapule is a native of Southaven, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and English. Before attending law school, Kapule spent the summer in Washington, D.C., and completed an internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Currently, Kapule is a Guardian Ad Litem Student Attorney through the University of Mississippi School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic Program, a member of the Black Law Student Association, and a National Space Society Legal Fellow. Kapule serves as Staff Editor for the Journal of Space Law (Vol. 44.2), and she is published in the Journal of Drone Law Policy (forthcoming October 2020). During the Summer of 2020, Kapule interned with the Mississippi Attorney General Office, Public Integrity Division, in Jackson, Mississippi, and Harris Shelton Walsh Hanover in Memphis, Tennessee for the summer. In her free time, Kapule enjoys being outdoors and attending spin class. Kapule expects to graduate in May of 2022.

Will Hellams

Will Hellams is a second-year law student and serves as 2L Senator of the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Will is a native of Hickory Tavern, South Carolina, and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and Administration from American Military University.

Before law school, Will served over twenty years in a variety of public safety positions in South Carolina, most notably as a paramedic during which time he received six lifesaving awards.

When not busy studying the finer points of law, Will is a devoted husband to Jen and father to Hayley, 19 and Thomas, 7.

In addition to his service as a Senator, Will is also a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and the Social Chair for Phi Alpha Delta. During the Summer of 2020, Will interned with South Carolina Legal Services in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Will also interned for the 8th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office in Laurens, South Carolina during the Fall of 2020. Will expects to graduate in December of 2021.

Rachael Williams

Rachael Williams is a second-year law student and serves as a 2L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Rachael is a native of St. Louis, MO and graduated from Alabama State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish.

During her time at Alabama State, she completed an internship with the Alabama Education Association’s Legal Department. She was also an active member of the Beta Pi chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Student Government Association, E.L.I.T.E. Models and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Her academic achievements include being named on the Dean’s List, receiving the President’s Award, and being inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society. Before attending law school, she also worked as a legal assistant at Whitehead & Associates, LLC.

Rachael is a member of the Black Law Student Association and the Interprofessional Board. She currently serves as a Staff Editor for the Mississippi Sports Law Review and the Education & Career Coordinator for PILF. Rachael expects to graduate in May of 2022.

1L Senators

Mia Fontenot

Mia Fontenot is a first-year law student and serves as a 1L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. Mia is a native of Gulfport, Mississippi. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University in three years with a degree in Political Science. While at MSU, Mia was a part of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Pre-Law Society, No Longer Bound, and Students for St. Jude.

Mia currently serves as the law school’s Alternate for the Graduate Student Council. She is also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Law Association for Women. She expects to graduate in May of 2023.

Sydney Merrin

Sydney Merrin is a first-year law student and serves as a 1L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. A native of Rome, Georgia, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Relations and minors in Spanish and Sports Management.

While at UGA, Sydney served as the Secretary for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Communications Director for UGA Ducks Unlimited, Recruitment Committee member for the Public Relations Student Society of America and was a four-year fundraiser for UGA Miracle. In 2019, she was recognized as the Undergraduate Research Winner for the UGA Mary Frances Early College of Education 2019 Global Education Forum.

Sydney currently serves as the Secretary for the Entertainment and Sports Law Society and is a member of the Law Association for Women. She expects to graduate in May 2023.

John Nelson

John Nelson is a first-year law student and serves as a 1L Senator for the Student Bar Association for the 2020-2021 academic year. John is a native of Hattiesburg, MS, and he attended Ole Miss for both his undergraduate and graduate studies. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy with a Bachelor of Accountancy in 2018 and a Master of Taxation in 2019. During his time pursuing those degrees, John was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies, and he was also a member of the 2014 Ole Miss football team as a walk-on linebacker. In 2019, John represented the University of Mississippi at the Southeastern Regional Tax Competition in Athens, Georgia.

John is a Certified Public Accountant. In 2019, he was awarded the Mississippi Society of CPA’s Silas M. Simmons Bronze medal for achieving the 3rd highest overall score on the Mississippi CPA exam. Between graduate school and law school, John worked as an associate for KPMG in Houston, TX, where he served in the Big Four accounting firm’s business tax services division.

After graduating, John has plans to pursue an LL.M. in Taxation before seeking a career in tax law. John expects to graduate in the spring of 2023.