The Mississippi Center for Justice opened its doors in 2003 with a simple mission: dismantling the policies that keep Mississippi at the bottom of nearly every indicator of human well-being and deny African-American and lower-income Mississippians the opportunity to advance themselves.
Today, progress is being made. As a home-grown public interest law firm, the Center is advancing racial and economic justice through an approach that combines legal services with policy advocacy, community education and media outreach. The Center partners with national, regional and community organizations to develop and implement campaigns designed to create better futures for low-income Mississippians and communities of color in the areas of educational opportunity, financial security, healthcare, affordable housing and other vital issues.
Supported and staffed by attorneys and other professionals, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.
Mississippi Center for Justice was organized to address the urgent need to re-establish in-state advocacy on behalf of low-income people and communities of color. Since its beginnings, the Center has advanced social and economic justice in Mississippi by:
Attorney Vangela M. Wade has a long-standing connection to MCJ, having joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and served as Secretary/Treasurer, Chair of the Audit Committee, and Chair of the Board of Directors. She currently serves as MCJ’s president and CEO. Vangela began The Wade Law Firm, PLLC, after building a diverse and distinguished resume as a lawyer. Her background also includes working as a law clerk with the Mississippi Court of Appeals, a special prosecutor with the Madison/Rankin County District Attorney’s Office, and as a corporate defense attorney with local and national employment law firms. She has also served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law. In addition to her legal experience, she advised public and private employers and organizations as a consultant in matters involving diversity and fair employment practices. Vangela currently serves on the board of Mississippi Today and is a member of the Land Title Association of Mississippi. Previously, she served on the board of trustees of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for eight years. She earned her BA from Mississippi State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. With over 23 years of experience in Mississippi Law, Vangela is dedicated to the fight against Mississippi’s culture of injustice by seeking systemic solutions to ensure equity in the lives of all Mississippians.
Martha serves as founder/senior counsel at the Center. Prior to founding MCJ, she was a national advocate for equal justice under law in Washington, DC, serving tenures as president and executive vice president of the Legal Services Corporation, which administers federal funding for legal aid programs, and as senior vice president for programs at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, where she directed the NLADA/Center for Law and Social Policy’s Project for the Future of Equal Justice. For the first 14 years of her legal career, Martha practiced civil rights and poverty law in Hattiesburg, MS, where she was the founding executive director of Southeast Mississippi Legal Services (now Mississippi Center for Legal Services). Martha is a former Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and the 1990 recipient of the Kutak-Dodds Prize for her civil rights and legal aid work in her home state of Mississippi. In 2003, she was named the Stern Family Fund’s Public Interest Pioneer, an honor which came with a $200,000 grant to launch Mississippi Center for Justice. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Oberlin College, earned her law degree cum laude at the University of Michigan Law School, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Millsaps College.
Reilly serves as General Counsel of the Mississippi Center for Justice. A third-generation Gulf Coast lawyer who began work at the Center just weeks after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, he has served as managing director of the Center starting in 2013 and policy director starting in 2011. As co-director of housing and community development campaigns, Reilly led the Center’s multi-year campaign to provide essential legal services to hurricane survivors and ensure fairness in the recovery process. He negotiated an agreement between Mississippi and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to extend $172 million in housing repairs to 6,000 families excluded from previous housing recovery programs. Prior to joining the Center in 2005, he spent 11 years in insurance and commercial litigation, followed by nine years as a solo and public interest attorney. Reilly is co-founder of the Steps Coalition and has served on the boards of Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation, Hope Community Development Agency, and Moore Community House. He received the 2006 Edwin Wolf public interest lawyer award from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the 2010 legal award from the Mississippi Conference NAACP. Reilly is a magna cum laude graduate of Millsaps College and received his Juris Doctorate from University of Mississippi Law School. He is married with two daughters.
Monica serves as operations director for the Mississippi Center for Justice, a position she has held since the Center’s founding in 2002. Monica oversees the Center’s financial, administrative, and operations functions. Monica is a native of Jackson and graduate of Jackson State University’s School of Business. Following graduation, Monica was hired by Atlantic Richfield Corporation’s Dallas-based oil and gas division. During her career with ARCO, she lived in Texas, Colorado, and California working in various corporate divisions in the areas finance, business process engineering, and system implementations. She also worked on various projects in Australia and Mexico. Monica is the proud mother of one daughter, Paige.
Beth serves as advocacy director with the Mississippi Center for Justice. In this capacity, Beth manages the Center’s policy campaigns and oversees the work of the staff attorneys. Beth also assists families in cleaning up titles to family property in heirship situations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining the Center, Beth practiced law with Butler Snow, Ott & Purdy, and McGlinchey Stafford law firms in Jackson, and she has been involved as a volunteer with a wide variety of organizations. She and her husband Steve, also an attorney, have raised three sons, Abram, Jonathan, and Benjamin.
Elizabeth serves as MCJ’s director of philanthropy, leading the institution’s fundraising programs, including foundation giving, corporate sponsorships, government grants, signature events such as Mississippi on the Potomac and Champions of Justice, and individual giving. Before coming to MCJ, she was the associate director of advancement and campaign coordinator at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and executive director of Opera Mississippi. Elizabeth is an advocate for administrative transparency in fundraising and works collaboratively to ensure that experiential events, communications, and public relations will genuinely connect donors to the mission and vital work of MCJ. Elizabeth graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in business administration from Belmont University and holds a master’s degree from Florida State University.
Rob McDuff is director of the George Riley Impact Litigation Initiative. The Initiative was launched by MCJ in 2017 to pursue litigation around issues affecting large numbers of Mississippians. It has filed cases relating to voting and election issues, racial discrimination, discrimination based on sexual orientation, reproductive freedom, police misconduct, consumer protection, and prisoners’ rights. Its work includes the representation of Curtis Flowers, the charges against whom were dismissed after Flowers endured six trials and 23 years in prison despite significant evidence of his innocence and the prosecutor’s discriminatory pattern of striking African-American jurors. Rob is a graduate of Millsaps College and Harvard Law.
Linda Dixon serves as the health law director at the Mississippi Center for Justice, a position she has held since November 2008. Prior to joining the Center, she was the assistant secretary of state for elections for the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, where she previously held the position of senior attorney and director of elections training and education. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans and her law degree from Mississippi College School of Law. Linda’s work focuses on access to health care and HIV discrimination and stigma. Linda is a member of the Mississippi Bar and the Magnolia Bar Associations. Linda currently serves on the Southern Black HIV/AIDS Advisory Council, Mississippi HIV Planning Council, and the Access Care & Engagement TA Center Advisory Council. She serves on the Mississippi College School of Law Alumni Association Board. Linda previously served on the Southern AIDS Coalition Board of Directors, the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation, and the steering committee of the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative.
John serves as the managing attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice office in Biloxi, MS and also serves as housing law director. He is a founding staff member of the Center’s Katrina Recovery Office, which opened its doors in October 2005 to provide legal advocacy to tens of thousands of residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he received the President’s Award from the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division for his legal work on behalf of renters in the immediate aftermath of Katrina. John’s pre-Katrina solo practice in Ocean Springs focused on consumer housing, employment discrimination, and personal injury law. He previously served on the pro bono panel of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and was project manager of the Fair Housing Education Outreach Project funded by HUD at South Mississippi Legal Services. During his 10 years with Southeast Mississippi Legal Services in Hattiesburg, he was a housing and consumer law specialist and served as litigation director. From 1994-95, John was a clinical professor in the University of Mississippi School of Law Housing Law Clinic. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the University of Mississippi School of Law, he began his legal career as a law clerk to Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Lenore Prather. He is the author of “Two Years After The Storm: The State Of Katrina Housing Recovery On The Mississippi Gulf Coast,” 77 Miss. L. J. 873 (2008).
Charles leads the economic justice work as consumer protection director. Prior to joining the Center, Charles practiced commercial litigation, insurance defense, and personal injury litigation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Georgia. Charles was the founding board president of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center in Gulfport, MS and also served as interim executive director immediately following Hurricane Katrina. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Rust College in 1995 and received his Juris Doctorate in 1998 from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Charles lives in Jackson and is an active member of Epiphany Lutheran Church.
Amelia Steadman McGowan serves as director of immigration law. Amelia is also an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, where she teaches Immigration Law and has directed the school’s Immigration Clinic since its founding in 2015. Amelia comes to MCJ from Catholic Charities of Jackson, where she served as the Program Director of the agency’s immigration legal services program. As an immigration attorney, Amelia has focused her practice on asylum representation (affirmative and defensive claims) and immigration appeals, representing clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as the Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits. In addition to her direct client representation, Amelia has also worked to coordinate and mentor pro bono attorneys to represent Mississippi immigrants in removal proceedings as well as organize community outreach and education sessions on immigration-related topics throughout the state. Amelia is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College, where she earned her BA in history and Spanish and participated in study abroad/cultural exchange programs in Vietnam and Panama, as well as Tulane University, where she received her JD and MA in Latin American Studies. Amelia is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Brazilian Portuguese.
Paloma Wu is the Deputy Director of the George Riley Impact Litigation Campaign. With a focus on systemic reform and class actions, she has litigated civil rights and civil liberties matters challenging racial bias in policing, the indefinite detention of persons with disabilities, racial discrimination in police hiring, conditions of confinement in detention facilities, lifetime voting bans, and matters upholding free speech and LGBT equality. Paloma has served as the Acting Senior Supervising Attorney for Criminal Justice Reform for the Southern Poverty Law Center and as the Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi. At Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, an international law firm, Paloma represented corporate clients in antitrust and securities matters and pro bono clients in civil rights and asylum matters. Prior to becoming an attorney, Paloma was a capital defense investigator in California’s state habeas unit and was a member of the litigation team representing a class of all California prisoners with mental illness. She presents nationally on constitutional law and criminal justice reform.
Max is an attorney on MCJ’s Immigration team where he represents individuals, advocates for issues of immigrant and racial justice across the state, and supports pro bono attorneys taking on immigration cases. Max moved to Mississippi in 2010 and lived in the Delta for five years where he taught fourth and fifth grade in Sunflower County Public Schools and trained new teachers across several Delta counties. Max began at MCJ as a legal fellow after graduating from the UC Davis School of Law. He joined MCJ staff in 2019.
Will serves as a staff attorney in the Center’s Biloxi office. Will reports to the Housing Law Director and supports two related projects: (1) A Fair Housing Act Education and outreach project designed to inform Mississippians about their rights under the Fair Housing Act; and (2) A Fair Housing Act enforcement project designed to investigate and prosecute claims of housing discrimination in Mississippi. Will is originally from Hattiesburg, MS. He graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a BA in public policy leadership and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2018. He immediately joined the Center after graduation. With help from the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi and the Gulf Restoration Network, Will first partnered with the Center during the summer of 2016 and drafted a white paper detailing Clean Water Act violations by publicly-owned treatment works in the Mississippi delta. Will had previously provided consultation to the United States Forest Service. During law school, Will served as an advanced student in the Low-Income Housing Clinic. He also interned for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn H. Beam and the National Sea Grant Law Center.
Kiara serves as the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, working to remove re-entry barriers to employment and housing through expungements, pardons, and license reinstatements throughout the state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Science in sociology from Mississippi State University. While working as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Melvin Ray at the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, Kiara’s research was heavily focused on the socioeconomic issues affecting poor and minority children and families in Mississippi, which caused her to realize the need for lawyers committed to social and economic justice in her home state. She received her Juris Doctorate and graduate degree of comparative law from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. While in law school, she devoted her spare time to public interest law, serving as the pro bono co-chair of the school’s Public Interest Law Society and volunteering at the Baton Rouge Family Court Pro Se Help Desk. During her summer and winter breaks, she interned at the Mississippi Center for Justice, conducting legal research and helping with the Fair Housing Campaign. Kiara was also selected to participate in a first-of-its-kind law school clinic, where she and three other students were trained to assess the special legal needs of and authorized to provide legal representation for survivors of sexual assault under the supervision of Baton Rouge STAR Legal Director Morgan Lamandre. Kiara plans to focus most of her career on civil rights and social/economic justice in the South.
Alecia Reed-Owens serves as an attorney in the Health Law Division, overseeing the Center’s medical-legal partnership. She attended Jackson State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduation, Alecia returned to her hometown of Greenwood, Mississippi and served as a law clerk for the Fourth Circuit Court. She later served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the city. Alecia has previously served as prosecutor for the City of Tchula, Mississippi, and staff attorney for the Legal Assistance Clinic at Catholic Charities. She is married to Mark Owens and they have five children.
Shandreka serves as the expungement staff attorney. She works to remove re-entry barriers to employment and housing through expungements, pardons, and license reinstatements throughout the state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science pre-law from Alcorn State University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school she was a member of the Low-Income Housing Clinic which birthed a desire to practice public interest law. After law school she served as a member of AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts.
Ty Pinkins was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. A veteran of the U.S. Army and a dedicated public servant, after retiring from the Army he co-founded The Pyramid Project, a nonprofit organization serving youth from low-income communities by providing career and academic related resources and mentorship opportunities. Ty is an Equal Justice Works fellow advocating on behalf of individuals in some of Mississippi’s most underserved communities by helping litigants navigate the court system. Mr. Pinkins is the author of 23 Miles & Running: My American Journey from Chopping Cotton in the Mississippi Delta to Sleeping in the White House.He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center where he earned his J.D, as well as his LL.M in National Security Law.
Andrea’ Barnes is an attorney in MCJ’s Jackson office who provides legal assistance to families to clear title to their land in heirship situations, establishes current ownership to property, and educates communities around the state explaining what heir property is and what one can do to protect it. Prior to joining the Center, Andrea’ practiced family law, estate and probate administration, and personal injury litigation. Andrea’s background also includes working as a law clerk with the Circuit Court of Hinds County, Mississippi, a prosecutor with the Hinds County Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Andrea’ has also served as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College. Previously, she served on the Spencer Perkins Center Board of Directors. Andrea’ earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tougaloo College, a Master of Business Administration from Jackson State University, and received her doctorate of jurisprudence from Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Funmi serves as the George Barrett Social Justice Legal Fellow in our Jackson Office. She provides representation in immigration proceedings to underserved communities across the state. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology from New York University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. During law school, she interned at the ACLU of Tennessee and the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center. She also provided humanitarian-based immigration representation through Vanderbilt’s Immigration Practice Clinic.
Kim Robinson serves as Community Engagement and Policy Coordinator for MCJ’s Health Law & Public Benefits Division. Before joining MCJ, Kim worked as a policy and project management consultant for various organizations throughout the Southeast. Prior to moving into the world of consulting in 2018, Kim worked for over a decade with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in their Southern Regional office in various program management, advocacy, and policy roles. While at CDF, Kim worked and lobbied extensively with American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and their school district Superintendent members, the University Of Mississippi School Of Nursing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, health care providers, and Congressional leaders on passage/reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIPRA) and worked to expand CDF’s Freedom Schools programs across the Southeast. Kim has and continues to serve on various state and national steering committees focused on education and access to healthcare while working in coalition with advocacy groups that connect marginalized populations to safety net programs that improve their overall quality of life. She is a former board member of Planned Parenthood Southeast and currently serves on the board of MS Capital City Pride and the City of Jackson Planning & Development Board as a Commissioner. Kim is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Ashlee and Alexa. Kim studied Finance at Louisiana State University.
Nancy Sanchez is the community organizer for MCJ’s Immigration Department. She is working with the communities affected by the August 7, 2019 ICE raids in Central Mississippi. She came to MCJ from Catholic Charities of Jackson, where she served as the Cultural Specialist and outreach person for the agency’s Migrant Support Center.
Brittney serves as the program manager for the Justice Court Access Program at the Mississippi Center for Justice. In this role, she provides self-help tools to assist self-represented litigants and provides recommendations for the future processes in Justice Courts across the state. Prior to joining MCJ, Brittney gained experience in program management while working at Fair Count, a non-profit organization connected with the 2020 Census and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. She is also currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration at Mississippi State University. Brittney resides in Starkville with her dog Maslow.
Clarence serves as the Fair Housing Test Coordinator for the Mississippi Center for Justice. In this capacity, he recruits, trains, and assigns Fair Housing testers. Clarence has a B.A. from Dillard University in New Orleans. Prior to joining MCJ, Clarence was the Community Development Manager for the City of Hattiesburg. In that capacity he administered all HUD grants, including CDBG and HOME Program grants. Clarence has served in similar capacities for cities in California and Alabama. He also served four years as the Director of Human Capital Development for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors. He has extensive experience in Fair Housing advocacy and involvement. He served eight years as a board member with the Long Beach Fair Housing Foundation in Long Beach, California. From 2004-07, he was the Fair Housing Test Coordinator for the Mississippi Legal Services.
Theodora serves as the financial manager for the Mississippi Center for Justice. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). She holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Florida A&M University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Alcorn State University. Theodora is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Mississippi Society of CPAs, the National Association of Black Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Theodora has more than 20 years of accounting experience. She has been employed in the areas of state government, public accounting, nonprofit, and higher education. Prior to coming to the Center she was employed as the comptroller of Alcorn State University.
Denise serves as a legal assistant with the Mississippi Center for Justice, a position she has held since August 2006. In her capacity with the Center, Denise provides critical organizational support for clinic outreach, client in-take and processing, and general case management. Denise has a long history of providing support to non-profit organizations, including experience with Back Bay Mission, South Mississippi Legal Services Corp., the South Mississippi AIDS Task Force, and Moore Community House in Biloxi, MS. Prior to joining the Center, Denise also gained valuable legal experience working with Gillespie & Blessey Law Firm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Denise is also an active volunteer with numerous organizations that promote healthy choices for teens and youths.
Yumekia serves as a legal assistant in the Center’s Indianola office. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an employment interviewer and MS STEPS representative with the Mississippi Department of Employment Security at the Indianola WIN Job Center. In this role, she negotiated contracts with businesses to place unemployed people back into the workforce. Yumekia also worked as the fiscal officer for the Delta Housing Development Corporation, an organization dedicated to providing safe and affordable housing to low-income families. She gained experience in office management through years of implementing administrative operations for various organizations. Yumekia obtained a bachelor of arts in general business administration from Delta State University on scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa and recently obtained a master of business administration at Delta State University. She spends her spare time with her children, Sakita, V’Deshion, and Yujaira, and volunteers for several Delta area organizations working to foster healthier communities.
LaShay serves a community organizer in the Center’s Jackson office. Melton is a native of Okolona, Mississippi, and holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Tougaloo College and an associate of science in paralegal technology from Holmes Community College. Prior to joining the Center, she was employed at Hinds County Chancery Court as a deputy clerk. Following Hurricane Katrina, she worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a grants specialist, conducting the review and compliance of approved grant projects. Melton is a member of the Holmes Association of Legal Students and resides in Madison, MS with her two children and spouse.
Francis Vaughn serves in the Jackson office as administrative assistant to the president and CEO and paralegal for the Housing Campaign’s heirs’ property initiative. Prior to joining MCJ, Francis served as office manager and paralegal for The Wade Law Firm. Francis was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta and holds an associate of arts degree in pre-med from Coahoma Community College and a bachelor of arts degree in biology/pre-med from the University of Mississippi. Francis has a history of serving the community through nonprofit organizations, having done so in Indiana and North Carolina before returning to her home state of Mississippi. Francis is married and the mother of four children.
Monica Spires serves as the donor relations coordinator for the Center. She joined the Center in February of 2020 as the administrative assistant to the President and CEO and the office coordinator of the Jackson office. Before joining MCJ, Monica served as a legal assistant and special programs coordinator for The Wade Law Firm. Monica is a junior at Jackson State University, where she is studying at the School of Business for a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Monica holds an associate of arts degree in health care administration and a certificate in health and wellness from the University of Phoenix. Monica has served as a member specialist for Humana, office lead and customer service representative for Lineage Logistics, and customer retention specialist for Comcast. Monica has over 10 years of administrative, customer service, and office experience and is a member of the American Society for Administrative Professionals.
Patrick Taylor serves as MCJ’s communications coordinator. Patrick has been working in various communications and marketing roles since 2001, first for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and later for ACLU of Mississippi. Patrick has a BA in philosophy and film from Colorado College and an MA in international relations from St. John’s University. He also holds a Certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business and a Certificate in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John’s University. Patrick lives in Jackson with his wife and two daughters.
Jackson, MS – Balch & Bingham
Oakland, CA – Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood
Seattle, WA – Bergman Draper Oslund Udo
Washington, DC – Voices for Civil Justice
Jackson, MS – Mike Espy, PLLC, and AE Agritrade, Inc.
Washington, DC – National Partnership for Women & Families
Miami, FL – The Lipman Law Firm
Edmond, OK – The Southwestern Companies
Jackson, MS – BankPlus
Pittsburgh, PA – McKnight Realty Partners
Greenville, MS – Delta State University
Washington, DC – Munger, Tolles & Olson
The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to hire a bookkeeper to work in its main office in Jackson, MS. This position is critical in helping the Center meet its growing administrative needs.
The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to contract with an experienced Legislative Advocate to work on behalf of its Housing Campaign, which aims to replace current Mississippi eviction law and enact new rent-to-own housing regulation. The Center seeks someone with an interest and experience in working with the Mississippi Legislature to draft and pass legislation. This is a part-time contractual position with an estimated time commitment of 20 to 25 hours per week through spring 2022. The position will be based in Jackson.
The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to hire a staff attorney for our Jackson office, who will work in the consumer protection division. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for the Center’s expungement work and the Hinds County Justice Court Navigator Project. The Center seeks an attorney who has recently graduated from law school.
We are looking for a self-motivated paralegal in the Consumer Protection Campaign to assist the Consumer Protection Campaign Director and to ensure smooth and effective campaign client communications and effective case/file management. The Paralegal is responsible for work assigned from the Consumer Protection Division. Consumer protection work in the areas of foreclosure prevention and consumer fraud have been identified as the main project areas for the paralegal. The Paralegal will assist attorneys in client intake, maintenance of files, collection and organization of documents, and organization of outreach events. While the paralegal’s primary responsibility will be with the Consumer Protection campaign, the paralegal may be asked to assist other MCJ campaigns on occasion.
The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to contract with an experienced paralegal to work on behalf of Its Housing Campaign. The position will entail general paralegal skills as well as document and data gathering to support the counseling and representation of low and moderate income individuals who are rent-burdened and/or facing eviction due to a coronavirus-related loss of income. This is a part-time contractual position with an estimated time commitment of 20 to 25 hours per week through 2021. The position will be based in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Mississippi Center for Justice seeks to contract with a Program Analyst and Researcher to analyze and research the expenditure and effectiveness of CARES Act appropriations awarded in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other projects. This is a part-time contractual position with an estimated time commitment of 20 to 25 hours per week through 2021. The person will perform this work under the direction and supervision of the General Counsel.
Mississippi Center for Justice seeks current 3L law students or recent graduates interested in working with us to develop fellowship applications such as those offered by Skadden, Equal Justice Works, New Voices, and other law school-based fellowship opportunities. The Center is especially interested in developing projects having to do with community economic development and/or housing on the Gulf Coast; consumer protection, public benefits, immigration and health issues in Jackson; and/or educational advocacy anywhere.
The Alliance to End Hunger is seeking one full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member to work in the Jackson, MS office, with the Hunger Free Community coalitions in Hampton, Virginia to implement anti-hunger strategies. VISTA members support community leaders in identifying food-resource barriers and developing comprehensive end hunger plans.