OXFORD,Miss.–Jess Waltman, a native of Quitman, Miss., has been elected the 2015-2016 president of the Law School Student Body Association (LSSB). Five other officers will also assume responsibility for the upcoming school year.
The LSSB President oversees the functions of the other members of the LSSB Executive Board and represents the law school student body to the school and university’s administrations.
Jess is the son of Walt and Cheryl Waltman and a 2009 graduate of Quitman High School. He earned a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the E. H. Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi in 2013 and graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. While at Ole Miss, Jess served as an Ole Miss Ambassador and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame.
In addition to his responsibilities as president, Jess serves as the executive online editor and alumni coordinator for the Mississippi Law Journal and as editor-in-chief of the University of Mississippi Business Law Newsletter. Jess is also a member of the University of Mississippi School of Law Trial Advocacy Board, the Dean’s Leadership Council, the Gorove Society for International Law and the Business Law Network. Before his election in 2015, Jess served as the 2014-2015 LSSB treasurer and as a 2013-2014 1L senator.
Jess will be completing summer associateships with the firms of Davis & Crump in Gulfport, and Martin Tate Morrow & Marston in Memphis. Jess expects to graduate in May of 2016 and plans to pursue a career in commercial and civil litigation.
Rodgrick Glen Hickman, a native of Shuqualak, Miss., has been elected to serve as the 2015-2016 LSSB vice-president. The vice-president is responsible for presiding over the meetings of the LSSB Senate. Rod is the son of Glen and Lucille Hickman and is a 2007 graduate of Noxubee County High School. He received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree in History, Sociology and Legal Studies from the University of Mississippi – Grenada in 2014 where he was a Lyceum Scholar. Rod is a member of the American Constitution Society and Phi Delta Phi, and he serves as the treasurer for the Black Law Student Association, special events coordinator for the Public Interest Law Foundations, as a staff member for the law school yearbook. Before being elected to serve as vice-president, Rod served as an LSSB senator for his class.
Rod will be a summer associate with Glover, Young, Hammack, Walton and Simmons, PLLC, in Meridian and expects to graduate in May of 2017 and pursue a career in corporate litigation.
Gregory James Alston Jr., a native of Hattiesburg, was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 LSSB treasurer. The LSSB treasurer is responsible for conducting the financial business of the LSSB and maintaining its financial records. Gregory is the son of Betsy and Greg Alston and is a 2010 graduate of Presbyterian Christian School. Gregory earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi in 2014. While at Ole Miss, Gregory served as the 2013-2014 president of the Associated Student Body and was inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame.
Gregory serves as the C.E.O of the University of Mississippi School of Law Business Law Network and is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council. Before being elected to serve as LSSB treasurer, Gregory served as an LSSB senator for his class. This summer, Gregory will be working for Treasurer Lynn Fitch’s re-election campaign. He expects to graduate in May of 2017 and pursue a career in politics and government relations.
Fredricka Jatarya Brown, a native of Greenville, Miss., was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 LSSB secretary. The LSSB secretary takes the minutes at each LSSB Senate meeting and maintains the LSSB roster. Fredricka is the daughter of Minnie Stone and Fredricka Brown and graduated from Riverside High School in 2010. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University in 2014. At Mississippi State, Fredricka received the President’s Service Award in 2013 and the Spirit of Service Award in 2014.
Fredricka expects to graduate in May of 2017, and she is a member of the law school yearbook staff, Public Interest Law Foundation, Black Law Students Association, Law Association for Women and the Dean’s Leadership Council. This summer, Fredricka will be serving as a teaching assistant for the Center for Legal Education Opportunity at the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in criminal litigation.
Margaret Wright, a native of Jackson, was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 LSSB social chair. As social chair, Margaret will be responsible for planning social functions for law students, including the annual Barristers’ Ball. Margaret is the daughter of Timothy and Suzanne Wright and graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in 2009. She attended the University of Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish in 2013. While at Ole Miss, Margaret was a member of the Chancellor’s Honor Role and Order of Omega.
Margaret expects to graduate in May of 2016, and she serves as an executive articles editor for the Mississippi Law Journal and is a member of the University of Mississippi School of Law Moot Court Board, Dean’s Leadership Council, Space Law Society, Law Association for Women and the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.
Margaret will work as a summer associate with the firms of Blair & Bondurant and Wise, Carter, Child & Carraway in Jackson, Miss. After graduation, Margaret plans to pursue a career in civil defense litigation.
Jessica LeAnn Rice was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 LSSB attorney general. The LSSB attorney general participates in student Honor Council proceedings and maintains the LSSB Code and Constitution. Jessica is from Flowood, Miss., and is the daughter of Marvin and Ann Rice. Jessica graduated form Northwest Rankin High School in 2010 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama in 2014. At the University of Alabama, Jessica was a member of the Mortar Board national senior honor society.
Jessica expects to graduate in May of 2017, and she is a member of Law Association for Women and served as a 1L honor council representative. During the summer of 2015, Jessica will participate in the University of Mississippi School of Law summer study abroad program at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. After graduation, Jessica plans to practice health law.