Meet the Commission

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission is comprised of a diverse group of providers of civil legal assistance, business and community leaders, representatives of the three branches of state government, bar leaders, clergy, deans of the two Mississippi law schools, and members of the legal community. Current appointees are:

Voting Members   Ex-Officio Members  

Honorable Jacqueline Mask (Co-Chair)
Chancery Court Judge

  Susan Duncan
 Dean, University of Mississippi School of Law

Rodger Wilder (Co-Chair)
Balch & Bingham, LLP

  Sam Buchanan
Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corp.
Honorable Margaret Alfonso
County Court Judge
  Gayla Carpenter-Sanders
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Kacey Bailey
Barry, Thaggard, May & Bailey, LLP
  Ben Cole
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services
Jamie Bardwell
Springboard to Opportunities
  Carlyn Hicks
Mission First Legal Aid Office
Representative David Baria 
Baria-Jones/MS State Legislature
  Jaribu Hill
Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights
Honorable Donna Barnes
Mississippi Court Appeals
  Beth Orlansky
Mississippi Center for Justice
Honorable Dawn Beam
Mississippi Supreme Court
  Jody Owens II
 Southern Poverty Law Center
David Calder
University of MS School of Law
  Joi Owens
 Disability Rights Mississippi 
Edderick “Beau” Cole
 Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson LLC
  Jennifer Riley-Collins
American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi
Honorable Deborah Gambrell
Chancery Court Judge
  Patricia Bennett
Dean, Mississippi College School of Law
Faith Garbin
Jackson County Public Library
  Harry Yoste
Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence/Northcutt Legal Clinic
Honorable Leslie King
Mississippi Supreme Court
Michael L. Jones
Optum Population Health Management
Nicole McLaughlin
McLaughlin Law Firm
Honorable Denise Owens
Chancery Court Judge
Representative Thomas Reynolds
Attorney at Law/MS State Legislature
Charliene Roemer
Pringle & Roemer, PLLC
Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders
Circuit Court Judge
Dennis Smith
Trena Williams
Williams Law Office, PLLC