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

  Pat Bennett
Dean, Mississippi College School of Law
 

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

  Sam Buchanan
Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation
 
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
Mississippi State Department of Health
  Susan Duncan
Dean, University of Mississippi School of Law
 
Representative David Baria
Baria-Jones/MS State Legislature
  Carlyn Hicks
Mission First Legal Aid Office
 
Honorable Donna Barnes
Mississippi Court Appeals
  Jaribu Hill
Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights
 
Honorable Dawn Beam
Mississippi Supreme Court
  Annie Johnson
El Pueblo Immigration Legal Services
 
David Calder
University of MS School of Law
  Beth Orlansky
 Mississippi Center for Justice
 
Edderick “Beau” Cole
 Maron Marvel Bradley & Anderson LLC
  Jody Owens, II
Southern Poverty Law Center
 
Honorable Deborah Gambrell
Chancery Court Judge
  Joi Owens
Disability Rights Mississippi
 
Faith Garbin
Jackson County Public Library
  Jennifer Riley-Collins
American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi
 
Justice Leslie King
Mississippi Supreme Court
   Harry Yoste
Northcutt Legal Clinic
 
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
Retired
     
Trena Williams
Williams Law Office, PLLC