Community Service

Visit MVLP’s website to review cases needing placement and to accept a pro bono case with the organization.

For more information regarding JYL’s City Court Mediation committee see the JYL Committees page.

Service Opportunities

Young lawyers are essential to providing pro bono legal services to the poor and indigent. The mission of the JYL Pro Bono Committee is to encourage and facilitate pro bono legal services among members of JYL and all young lawyers. The Pro Bono Committee has partnered with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (“MVLP”) to promote and encourage young attorneys to take cases from the Project’s active case list. Additionally, the Pro Bono Committee hopes to encourage pro bono service with other legal services organizations, including the Mission First Legal Clinic and the Stewpot Homeless Legal Clinic. Since all Mississippi lawyers are encouraged to provide at least 20 hours of pro bono service to the poor annually, the Pro Bono Committee hopes to serve as an information source for all JYL members seeking pro bono opportunities. Ultimately, young lawyers not only provide invaluable assistance to those otherwise unable to afford legal representation, but they also gain great practical experience and have the opportunity to contribute to our profession and society when they provide pro bono legal services.

For more information regarding current pro bono opportunities or to join the JYL’s Pro Bono Committee, contact Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs Brent Cole or Erin Guyton.

Community Outreach Grant

JYL’s annual Community Outreach Grant helps meet Jackson’s extraordinary public service needs. Our Grant Committee works hard each year to solicit applications from area non-profit organizations that present opportunities for JYL to give back to our community. The Grant Committee and Executive Committee carefully analyze the grant applications to identify the proposed project(s) that make the most meaningful positive impact in our community. Applications are solicited and submitted beginning in January, with the selection occurring in April, and the grant awarded at JYL’s May membership meeting. An application can be downloaded here.

Websites for Mississippi Legal Services Organizations

Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
Mississippi Center for Justice
Mississippi Center for Legal Services Corporation
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Corporation
Mission First Legal Aid Office
Free Legal Answers

Award Recipients

2017

Randall Saxton, Pro Bono Award
Christina Seanor, Outstanding Service Award

2016

Hunter Aikens, Pro Bono Award
Allyson Winter, Outstanding Service Award

2015

Samuel Gregory, Outstanding Service Award
Abram Orlansky, Outstanding Service Award

2014

Hunter Aikens, Outstanding Service Award
Seth Shannon, Pro Bono Award

2013

Warren Martin, Pro Bono Award
Roslyn Griffin, Outstanding Service Award
Nakimuli Davis, Outstanding Service Award

2012

Justin Peterson, Outstanding Service Award
Chanda Roby, Outstanding Service Award

2011

Saundra Brown Strong, Pro Bono Award
J. Spencer Young, Jr., Outstanding Service Award

2010

Ashley Wicks, Pro Bono Award
Tiffany Graves, Outstanding Service Award