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Tuesday, January 04, 2005

“Associations Advance Mississippi” Campaign Recognizes The Mississippi Bar for outstanding service

The Mississippi Society of Association Executives (MSAE) has awarded first place in its “Associations Advance Mississippi” campaign to The Mississippi Bar (a PRAM Central member) for the 2004 Mississippi High School Mock Trial Competition. MSAE launched “Associations Advance Mississippi,” a public awareness campaign that also includes an awards program, to recognize outstanding community service projects by Mississippi associations. Larry Houchins, executive director for The Mississippi Bar, accepted the award at a Gala Reception held on December 7 at the Hilton Jackson.

The Mississippi Bar holds four regional competitions around the state and final rounds in Jackson at the Hinds County Courthouse and Supreme Court chambers. The competition involves more than 800 students, volunteer attorneys and teachers combined. Representing Mississippi, Hattiesburg High School earned seventh place in the country at the National High School Mock Trial Competition held on May 8 in Orlando, Florida.

“The Mississippi Bar did not design the competition to train students to become lawyers, but to help them develop skills that could be utilized in any career path they might choose to pursue,” said Houchins.

According to Spiller McLeod, Section and Division Activities Coordinator for the Bar, students further analytical and critical thinking skills and they learn professionalism, civility, public speaking and the ability to think quickly on one’s feet. “In addition to the diverse skills it teaches, the competition also provides an opportunity for Mississippi’s youth to gain an understanding of our legal system by experiencing legal processes first hand and it helps prepare them to become responsible citizens,” said McLeod. “Attorneys have the opportunity to personally enhance the teaching process and give back to their communities.”

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