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Story originally featured on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s website.

By Stephanie Showalter Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center

Food production, whether by land or sea, is heavily regulated, and the legal information needs of the country’s agricultural community of producers, processors, retailers, attorneys, and policy-makers, as well as Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension professionals, are vast and complex. Since its establishment in 2002, the National Sea Grant Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law has become a leading source for objective information on the legal framework governing marine aquaculture operations around the country.

A fisherman on the docks of Newport, OR. Image: Oregon State University.

In 2015, the National Sea Grant Law Center helped launch, with the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium. The Consortium is a national, multi-institutional collaboration designed to enhance and expand the development and delivery of authoritative, timely, and objective agricultural and food law research and information. Other Consortium members include the Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law and the Agricultural & Resource Law Program at The Ohio State University. The National Sea Grant Law Center contributes expertise on a range of topics to the Consortium efforts including, aquaculture, fisheries, seafood labeling, direct marketing, and water quality and quantity. For more information about the Consortium, visit the Consortium website.

A bushel of blue crabs Samuels & Son Seafood. Image: Delaware Sea Grant.

In the coming months, as part of its Consortium efforts, the National Sea Grant Law Center will be expanding its research and projects related to marine aquaculture and water quality and quantity. Current research focuses include organic aquaculture standards, animal welfare standards for commercial aquaculture operations, and interstate groundwater disputes. For those interested in learning more about the Consortium’s work and members, the National Sea Grant Law Center’s role and current projects, and upcoming events, the National Sea Grant Law Center and the Consortium both host webinars series. For more information on the National Sea Grant Law Center’s 2016 Webinar Series, visit the National Sea Grant Law Center’s website. For more information on the Consortium’s webinar series, visit the Consortium’s webinar webpage.

The National Sea Grant Law Center, along with other Consortium members, also organize an Annual Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference held at the University of Memphis Cecil M. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

Professor Will Berry

Professor Will Berry, along with co-authors Paul C. Weiler of Harvard University and Gary Myers of the University of Missouri, recently completed the fifth edition of Entertainment, Media, and the Law: Text, Cases, and Problems. West Publishing Company published the new edition in December 2015, and the book is available for the Spring 2016 semester. The textbook is widely used in law schools across the United States.

Justice Randy Pierce

OXFORD, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law is pleased to announce that Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce will join the law school as director of the Mississippi Judicial College.  Pierce’s role will begin Feb. 1, 2016.

“Justice Pierce brings to the Judicial College and the law school a rich knowledge of the Mississippi judiciary, experience as a state legislator and experience in accounting and business administration,” said Debbie Bell, interim dean.  “He is widely respected for his commitment to the state, his integrity in practice and on the bench, and his thoughtful leadership.”

The Judicial College provides continuing legal judicial education and training for some 2,800 court-related personnel, including supreme court justices, judges and court referees, administrators, clerks and reporters.

“The judicial college touches every corner of our state,” Pierce said. “The training the college provides impacts all 82 counties and is critical to an effective judicial system. I look forward to continuing the success of the college, while at the same time being innovative in the way we bring training to the college’s participants. The judicial college has an outstanding staff, and I look forward to joining the team.”

According to the Mississippi Supreme Court site, Pierce is an associate justice serving the Southern District, place two, covering twenty-seven south Mississippi counties. He co-chairs the Commission on Children’s Justice and chairs the Rules Committee on the Legal Profession.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead the judicial college,” Pierce said. “I am also looking forward to being a part of the law school and university community.”

Previously, Pierce served as chancery court judge for the Sixteenth Chancery Court District of Jackson, George and Greene counties. He is a former state representative for District 105 in the Mississippi Legislature, where he served as chairman of the House Education Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Education.

Pierce is a member of the Mississippi Bar, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his juris doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he served as student body president.

By Stephanie Otts, National Sea Grant Law Center

Working waterfronts are more than the physical infrastructure – the docks, piers, and equipment. Working waterfronts are also social and cultural features of their host communities; they are integral to how community members define and distinguish themselves. When working waterfronts are threatened, communities often initiate efforts to preserve access rights. Working waterfronts across the country have been preserved through purchase, designation as historic districts, and zoning techniques.

In 2014, the National Sea Grant Law Center, Maine Sea Grant, and NOAA’s Office of Coastal Management received funding through the NOAA Preserve America Initiative to capture and preserve oral histories showcasing working waterfront preservation efforts. This project was an outgrowth of the National Working Waterfront Network’s Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit, which was funded by the Economic Development Administration and released in May 2013. The Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit is an online information portal that contains a wealth of information about the historical and current use of waterfront space, the economic value of working waterfronts, and legal, policy, and financing tools that can be used to preserve, enhance, and protect these valuable areas.

Ten working waterfront champions were invited to share the story of their community’s working waterfront initiative. These are the people behind the scenes – the land use planners, port directors, community organizers, legislators, property owners – making the programs work. The interviews strived to gather information on the “how” – how did the community preserve their working waterfront or water access? What tools and strategies did they use? What was their secret to success?

The resulting “Preserving the Working Waterfront” oral history collection includes audio recordings of the full interviews, transcripts of the interviews and audio slideshows highlighting key elements of the oral history. The audio slideshows are available on the National Working Waterfront Network website and the audio files and transcripts are archived in the NOAA Voices of the Fisheries database.

University of Mississippi School of Law Clinical Programs Celebrates 25 Years

OXFORD, Miss.–North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) and the University of Mississippi School of Law will host an anniversary celebration at the law school January 21 at 4 p.m. on the University’s Oxford campus.  The celebration will recognize NMRLS’s 50 years and the school’s Clinical Programs’ 25 years of legal service to north Mississippians.

Special guests will include Presiding Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson, University of Mississippi School of Law Professor Emeritus John Robin Bradley, former law school student and professor Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, and Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq., the first female African American to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  A reception will follow the presentations.

The event will celebrate the commitment that both organizations have had to the communities they serve.

“The 1960s marked the beginning of our commitment to assist in providing legal aid to the underprivileged.  Now, 50 years later, the need is just as great and the clientele is much more diverse.  It is my hope that NMRLS as well as the clinical programs at Ole Miss Law can continue on this quest for justice,” said Ben T. Cole II, executive director of NMRLS.

Both NMRLS and the Clinical Programs provide legal services for low income individuals in Mississippi.  NMRLS’s mission is to provide attorney representation and advocacy for the most vulnerable members of society. Some examples of their work include preserving and retaining habitable and affordable housing for families; protecting children and families in matters of safety and health; promoting economic security and financial independence of families; and helping the disabled, vulnerable and elderly maintain autonomy and dignity.

The Clinical Programs mission is to teach essential practice skills while providing high-quality representation to underserved clients.  It has 11 practices areas including Child Advocacy, Criminal Appeals, Elder Law, Housing, Legislation and Policy, MacArthur Justice Clinic, Conflict Management, George C. Cochran Innocence Project, Street Law, Tax and Transaction, in additional to the Pro Bono Initiative and the Clinical Externship Program.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Ethel Gilmore at  or 662-234-8731 or visit

OXFORD, Miss.–The University of Mississippi School of Law is pleased to announce the appointment of Ben Cooper, Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Studies and Professionalism, as the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective January 25. He will succeed Matthew Hall, who has served as associate dean since 2011 and will return to the law school’s faculty.

“We appreciate the service of Dean Hall, his tireless energy, and the many contributions he made to the law school,” said Debbie Bell, interim dean.  “We also look forward to the upcoming leadership of Ben Cooper.  He is a well-respected teacher and scholar who is involved with the Mississippi bar as well as the American Bar Association.”

In his new role, Cooper will oversee the curriculum and academic programs.  He will also work with the Offices of the Registrar, Admissions, Student Affairs and Career Services, assist with issues related to bar passage, and with special projects as assigned by the Dean.

“I’m really excited about this position and to have the chance to work with Dean Bell,” Cooper said.  “I can’t imagine a better leader for our school.  I look forward to working with her and to devoting more time to improving our outstanding law school in every respect.”

Cooper is currently serving as co-reporter for the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, and is a member of the Mississippi Bar’s Ethics Committee, the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, and the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. In addition, Professor Cooper serves as the United States reporter for the reports, comments and notes section of the international journal Legal Ethics.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, Cooper practiced commercial litigation and higher education law in the private sector, first at Kirkland & Ellis in New York and then at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, and gained partnership at each firm. He had previously served as a trial attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division and as a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

To date, Cooper has taught Legal Profession, Civil Procedure, an Advanced Legal Ethics seminar, and Property. He writes and speaks on legal ethics and the law governing lawyers.

Oxford, Miss.–Alexis Farmer, who graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2011, was interviewed recently by a U.S. News weekly podcast program called “I Am the Law.”  The show seeks to educate current and prospective law students about various areas of the law, to help them choose the most fulfilling legal career.  Farmer discussed her work in tax law with the Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project.

Listen to the podcast. 

OXFORD, Miss.–Seven Ole Miss Law students, along with Professor Desiree Hensley, have volunteered to work with the Mississippi Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders (WINGS) Committee by providing research and information needed to produce a report and recommendations for adult guardianship and conservatorship reform.  Mississippi WINGS is a committee which proposes systemic reforms to support the rights, dignity and autonomy of adults who have diminished decision making capacity.  Unfortunately, the law students have discovered that Mississippi law does not adequately support the ability of those with diminished capacity to retain a degree of autonomy over their own lives and decisions. 

The students have conducted research and drafted issue briefs regarding some of the problems in Mississippi, including a lack of uniform, statewide case tracking, unclear standards for determining incapacity, a lack of focus on protecting people through less restrictive alternatives than use of a court ordered decision maker, a lack of a statewide system to provide guardians for the poor, and a lack of programs and services to monitor, train, and support guardians. The full WINGS committee met September 18 in Jackson to discuss these issues, and prioritized the committee’s work.

“Mississippi’s current law on guardianship and conservatorship is structurally convoluted and has not been revised to reflect current thinking about the rights of people who have diminished capacity,” said 3L student, Kris Simpson. Some of the reforms that will be proposed by the clinic students will be to simplify and clarify the law in Mississippi, to ensure that those with diminished capacity have full due process rights in court, to educate guardians and conservators who are appointed decision makers so that they have the tools they need to do a good job, and to provide publicly funded guardians for low-income people.

The committee’s goal is to protect adults with diminished decision making capacity from abuse and neglect without unnecessarily depriving them of important personal rights.  The people who need this assistance are those who, for reasons other than being a minor, are unable to receive and evaluate information or make or communicate decisions to such an extent that the individual lacks the ability to meet essential requirements for physical health, safety, or self-care, even with appropriate assistance.

The next WINGS meeting will be December 11, where they will discuss the report and recommendations. The report will be finalized and published December 18 on



OXFORD, Miss.–Three Ole Miss Law students were inducted into the University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recently, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.  John George Archer, Alexandra Bruce and Katie Portner were all selected to join.

“We are very proud that these outstanding students have been recognized for their achievements,” said Debbie Bell, interim dean for the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Membership is based on a student’s sound character and academic standing. Graduate students must rank in the top 10 percent of their class.  Law school students are nominated by faculty members.

Students were inducted into the society in a ceremony held at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 1.

Katie Portner, John George Archer and Alexandra Bruce.

Phi Kappa Phi hosts chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities across the U.S. plus a few abroad.


OXFORD, Miss.- The University of Mississippi School of Law hosted the Region 7 Preliminary Moot Court Competition in Oxford on Nov. 13-14. Eleven teams from around the southeast traveled to Oxford to compete in the competition, with hopes of advancing to the finals of the 66th Annual National Moot Court Competition in New York City from Feb. 9-12.

The University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee made the semi-finals, while Belmont University and the University of Alabama advanced to the finals. Alabama took home the championship for the region.

“This competition, along with all moot court competitions, gives students a chance to act as true advocates, just like they will as attorneys,” said UM Law Moot Court Board Chair, Mary Margaret Roark.

“By participating in competitions like these, law students are better equipped with the skills they need when they graduate law school.”

The team representing Ole Miss Law worked for six weeks prior to the competition, writing their briefs and preparing for oral argument. This year’s competition presented two issues to the competitors, one dealing with insider trading and the other addressing the admissibility of grand jury testimony.

Ole Miss had the opportunity to host this year’s preliminary rounds for the first time since the school moved to its new facility. In addition to hosting the competition, the school provided judges for each round. Over 60 attorneys from around Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama volunteered to grade the briefs and judge oral arguments.

The national competition for law students is co-sponsored by New York City Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Haley Wright and Chase Pritchard, third-year law students.

On November 12, 2015, Court of Appeals of Mississippi once again sat in special session at Mississippi State University as a part of their “Court on the Road” program. Criminal Appeals Clinic students Chase Pritchard and Haley Wright were specially appointed as counsels of record and argued the case of Thomas v. State before the Court. The issues in this case involved hearsay statements of a confidential informant to police and narration of a “controlled buy” video not played for the jury in open court. Graduated law students Kye Handy and Brantley Pierce (JD 2015) wrote the brief of the Appellant as a part of their participation in the Criminal Appeals Clinic last spring.

“Most classes in law school teach you how to think like a lawyer. Clinics allow you to actually be a lawyer,” said student/lawyer Haley Wright. “I am more comfortable graduating in May because I have argued in front of the Court of Appeals, which lawyers who have been practicing for years can’t say. This was hands down my best experience in law school.” Chase Pritchard agrees: “The Criminal Appeals Clinic shows third-year law students that you already have been taught to be a lawyer. Unlike the vast majority of classes in law school, this Clinic is structured like a law firm and you are in charge of your case, which allows the students to gain confidence and experience needed for life after law school.”

The “Court on the Road” program of the Court of Appeals will mark its tenth year when the Court sits in special session at the UM School of Law in the spring 2016 semester.

The City of Moss Point, Mississippi, has agreed to stop the practice of jailing citizens while they wait to appear in court on misdemeanor charges, such as disorderly conduct or public intoxication. The settlement agreement was reached in a federal civil rights class action lawsuit filed by the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Under the challenged cash bail system, two defendants charged with the same alleged offense were treated differently based only on their wealth: those who could afford to post bail were released, while those who were too poor to pay remained jailed at the City’s expense. Several cities in Mississippi use similar money bail systems, and could face similar class action lawsuits, according to the MacArthur Justice Center, who partnered with Equal Justice Under Law, a non-profit civil rights organization in Washington, D.C.

Chief Judge Louis Guirola Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, entered a declaratory judgment finding that the practice in Moss Point “implicates the protections of the Equal Protection Clause when such [an arbitrary bail] schedule is applied to the indigent. No person may, consistent with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, be held in custody after an arrest because the person is too poor to post a monetary bond. If the government generally offers prompt release from custody after arrest upon posting a bond pursuant to a schedule, it cannot deny prompt release from custody to a person because the person is financially incapable of posting such a bond.”

“We commend the leaders of Moss Point for the seriousness with which they approached this problem and their prompt response,” said Cliff Johnson, Director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law. “In addition to ending a policy that mandated the harmful and unnecessary detention of poor people at the City’s expense, they saved Moss Point taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

Johnson said the money bail system previously in place in Moss Point is not unusual in Mississippi and that similar litigation against other Mississippi cities is likely. “We recognize that Moss Point was not alone in the use of this unlawful practice,” Johnson said. “We hope that other Mississippi cities and counties will follow the example of Moss Point and immediately cease the incarceration of their poorest citizens simply because they do not have the money to pay bail imposed without any consideration of their financial condition.”

Professors Will Berry and Cliff Johnson were interviewed on Bloomberg radio recently.  Berry discussed the Supreme Court oral arguments over alleged racial discrimination in jury selection for a death penalty case. Johnson discusses the lawsuit filed by the MacArthur Justice Clinic against the city of Jackson.

Listen to Berry’s podcast.
Listen to Johnson’s podcast.

Ricky Clifton, Whitney Griffin and Dillon King

OXFORD, MISS. (Oct. 20, 2015)-Ricky Clifton, Whitney Griffin and Dillon King of the University of Mississippi School of Law won first place at the 2015 Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon Oct. 16-18 at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City. The Triathlon is a dispute resolution competition amongst teams from around the country, with 22 in this year’s competition.

The championship team is part of the school’s Negotiation Board, one of three advocacy boards at the law school that competes in external, intercollegiate competitions.

“It’s hard to believe the Board is so young – in four, short years, our organization has gone from a ‘team’ with very few participants, to a national championship winning advocacy board, with dedicated members and impressive faculty support,” said Whitney Griffin, chair of the Negotiation Board and one of the three national championship team members.

“Students selected as members over the course of the past few years have not only been incredibly talented negotiators, but also massively dedicated to our organization.  This major win is directly attributable to those qualities.”

The competition challenges students to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate and offers them an opportunity to hone their skills in a realistic securities dispute setting.  According to the competition, students played the roles of attorneys and clients, with some teams in the role of investor and others in the role of broker-dealer.

“This was a special win because the competition tests participants’ limits by running them through a gauntlet of separate negotiation, mediation and arbitration rounds with actual FINRA arbitrators,” said Mercer Bullard, faculty coach and director of the Business Law Institute, which houses the Negotiation Board.

“Our team prevailed because they were willing to invest dozens of hours in detailed preparation.”

Over the course of six weeks, Ole Miss Law’s team practiced at least six times a week. With one week until the triathlon, they began to meet twice a day to fine-tune their presentations.  The team had two coaches, Professor Mercer Bullard, and Chelsea Buckholtz, a third-year UM law student.

“The key to our win was our team’s hard work and preparation,” said Ricky Clifton, team member and third year student. “We spent countless hours preparing, sometimes practicing twice a day, and throughout the competition we were continually praised by the judges for our deep understanding of the issues. But without the help and advice of our faculty and our student coach, that time practicing could never have been as focused on the right issues as it needed to be.”

“The competition was such an incredible experience because it required us to tackle an actual problem present in today’s securities industry and convince actual industry experts and FINRA arbitrators that we were the most effective advocates for our client,” said Dillon King, team member and third-year student.

 “This national championship is a testament to the exceptional quality of the University of Mississippi School of Law, including our faculty and student body.”

The Mississippi Law Journal will host a symposium on the Voting Rights Act on Thursday and Friday, April 7th and 8th, 2016, at the University of Mississippi School of Law. In conjunction with this event, Volume 85 of the Journal will include a Symposium Book that will feature scholarly articles discussing current voting rights and election law issues in Mississippi, the Southeast region, and on a national scale.

The Voting Rights Act Symposium will focus on the current status of voting rights in our nation as seen through the unique lens of the Southeast region and Mississippi in particular. The year 2016 marks the recent celebration of fifty years of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and is a year that will usher in a new President of the United States. The landscape of voting rights has undergone significant changes in the recent years. In 2013 the Supreme Court, in Shelby County v. Holder, struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act. Any effective future restoration of the Act lies within the discretion of Congress.

The goal of the Mississippi Law Journal Symposium Book is to highlight both the practical impact of this landmark law on individual rights and its connection with the highest of American ideals—the right to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Guidelines and Deadlines

The Mississippi Law Journal welcomes academic papers addressing recent issues in voting rights and election law. We welcome submissions from legal scholars and from practitioners. The geographical scope of the paper may center on Mississippi or the Southeast region, or it may address the topic on a national scale. While papers of any length will be considered, the ideal length of submissions should be 10,000-14,000 words including footnotes.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 22nd, 2016. Please email submissions to Marie Wicks, Editor-in-Chief of Volume 85 of the Mississippi Law Journal, at

For those interested in participating as a panelist during the Voting Rights Symposium on April 7th and 8th, 2016, please email by December 1st, 2015, for more information.


On October 10, 2015 the Pro Bono Initiative held a Lee County Pro Se Family Law Legal Clinic, which was co-sponsored by the Lee County Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the MS Bar Association, and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP). The Pro Se Day was held at the Lee County Chancery Court, with Judge Jacqueline Mask presiding. Four UM law students participated in the event, Colin Rosser, Will Pomeroy, Briley Elliott, Laci Moore, and former student (and now lawyer), Catherine Servati and 11 attorneys supervised the students in assisting local low-income clients. Common family law issues of the clients, such as irreconcilable differences divorces, simple name changes, and resolution of child custody/support disputes, were resolved by the student-led event, providing the law students with a valuable learning experience, a networking opportunity with practicing lawyers and judges, and, importantly, helping under-or un-represented individuals finalize family law matters in their lives. Student participation in the UM Clinical Program’s Pro Bono Initiative delivers a public service to the bench and bar, who then in turn manage the client interviews conducted by the students and direct the resolution of these family law matters by negotiating settlements between the parties, drafting pleadings to put the parties before the court, then presenting the cases in hearings before the Chancellor to complete the process of resolving the client’s difficulties.

Marie Cope, Cam Abel, and Mark Chappell

The UM Clinical Program’s Transactional Clinic serves a number of businesses, ranging from service-based non-profit organizations to for-profit LLC’s. Over the course of the 2014 fall semester, the Transactional Clinic has also been fostering new client relationships and providing service to Mississippi residents through seminars, commercial information, and outreach activities.

For several years now, the Transactional Clinic has attended a monthly Field Day event hosted by The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production, an organization supporting small-operation rural farmers. In conjunction with The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and the Alcorn State University Extension Program, the Transactional Legal Clinic has worked with the Alliance to produce the a series of workshops which provide farmers information to help make decisions that can increase profits. The September field day was no different.

Typically hosted in Durant, Mississippi, the most recent Field Day was held at a new location for the organization – the Cotton Warehouse Farmer’s Market in Batesville. In a newly renovated warehouse space, the Cotton Warehouse Farmers Market is a new venue for local farmers of high-quality produce to market their harvests in a central location. This space provided a perfect setting for the central topic of the meeting’s discussion: how to shift farming operations to certified organic production.

Prior to the meeting’s primary speakers, Transactional Clinic student, Mark Chappell, and Associate Professor, Cam Able, addressed the group of farmers to discuss Limited Liability Company (LLC) formation and protections the entity provides to farms, produce sellers, and other agriculture-centered businesses. Throughout their presentation, the duo fielded several questions and provided insight into the protections an LLC might provide to the individual farm owners.

While the Transactional Clinic typically sees familiar faces at the Field Day presentations, the move from Durant to Batesville this month allowed for the Clinic to interact with new farmers, generating several potential clients. The monthly Field Day presentations have proved to be integral to the Clinic’s success and, likewise, to its many farm-related clients.

Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network Annual Orientation

In support of long-time client, the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network (MSAN), advanced Transactional Clinic students, Whitney Griffin and Jacob Ladnier, attended MSAN’s annual orientation for interns and fellows and provided a brief presentation on the importance of entity formation. Focusing on the 501(c)(3) tax status and the LLC forms of business organization, the students advised the audience on the need for non-governmental organizations to incorporate, the incentives to do so, as well as the liability risks for those that choose not to incorporate.

The students briefly educated the group on the advantages of becoming an LLC and the entity’s applicability to the farmers with which MSAN regularly connects. Then, because the Clinic has worked closely with MSAN since its inception, the students used the organization’s experience in achieving 501(c)(3) status as a case study to engage the fellows and interns in a conversation about non-governmental organizations and non-profit status, from formation to board management and beyond. Following the presentation, the students fielded a round of questions from the audience and handed out pamphlets on entity formation and benefits of working with the Transactional Clinic.

Whitney Griffin

Jacob Ladnier

The team members CJ Robison (3L), Ian Perry (JD 13), LL.M. expected 2015), and Olivia Hoff (3L) in Jerusalem.

Team of three students triumphs over groups from India and Greece en route to victory

OXFORD, Miss – The University of Mississippi School of Law has won the world championship at the 2015 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in Jerusalem. The team beat India’s Nalsar University of Law in the semifinals and triumphed over National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, today (Oct. 15) in the final round.

UM is one of three law schools in the world to offer a Master of Laws in Air and Space Law, but the only school to offer a certificate in remote sensing, air and space law at the Juris Doctor level, a distinction that contributed to the team’s success.

“The law school congratulates our team on their truly outstanding accomplishment – the University of Mississippi School of Law’s first international moot court championship,” said Debbie Bell, UM law dean.

“Success like this only further highlights the strength of our advocacy programs and space law program in general.”

The championship team includes Olivia Hoff of Gulfport and C.J. Robison from Lubbock, Texas, both third-year law students in the space law certificate program. Joining them is Ian Perry of Ellis County, Texas, a 2013 J.D. recipient who is working on his space law LL.M., and Michael Dodge, an adjunct assistant UM professor who graduated from the school’s space law program in 2008.

Competing at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the teams each argued a hypothetical case involving an asteroid mining dispute and liability for a failed attempt to divert an asteroid from colliding with the Earth. Three members of the International Court of Justice heard the arguments and served as judges.

In its 24th year, the competition takes place under the guidance of the International Institute of Space Law, headquartered in Paris, and attracts more than 60 law schools from around the globe. Three members of the International Court of Justice served as judges for the competition.

The team won the national championship March 21 at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition at Georgetown University Law Center, which qualified them to compete in the world finals.

“I am so proud of our students,” said Jacquie Serrao, director of the university’s LL.M. program in air and space law. “Their hard work, determination, substantive knowledge and oral and written advocacy skills really set them apart from others in the competition. That, combined with the amazing professors at the law school who contributed so much of their time in mooting our students, really made the difference.”

This victory builds on a string of successes for the Ole Miss law school’s advocacy programs, which include winning the nation’s pre-eminent environmental law moot court competition in February for the fourth time in five years, winning four national championships in 2014 alone, earning a top 18 national ranking for the school’s moot court board in 2014, receiving second place at the National Sports Law Negotiation Competition last fall, and achieving a top-eight finish at the moot court National Championship hosted by the University of Houston Law Center in January.

Cliff Johnson, Director of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center’s office at the University of Mississippi School of Law, addressed a recent international workshop in Sweden at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. “This seminar is another way for the institute to foster the interface between theory and practice,” says RWI’s deputy director Rolf Ring. “Private practicing lawyers form an important part of the administration of justice chain and serve as a guarantee that access to justice and fair procedures are upheld in local jurisdictions. The MacArthur Justice Center at Ole Miss Law works collaboratively with the MacArthur Justice Center offices in New Orleans and at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago to bring about meaningful and positive change in Mississippi through litigation of cases addressing systemic weaknesses in the state’s criminal justice and legal systems.

Cliff Johnson

Professor Michael Hoffheimer presented a lecture on October 5 at the Princeton Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. His topic was “Creating Copyright for Translators in the Nineteenth Century.” Hoffheimer is the only law professor invited to participate in the distinguished series that includes internationally prominent academics and translators.

Professor Mike Hoffheimer