On behalf of the Mississippi Bar, and particularly those attorneys who practiced on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 10 years ago, I want to say THANK YOU. It is hard to believe that we are marking the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall on the Mississippi Coast. I was president of the Mississippi Bar at the time and I will never forget the outpouring of support we got from a number of state bars and bar foundations—[including] states like Minnesota with whom we had no prior connection. Donations of money, furniture, clothes, gift cards, computers all poured in to help attorneys who lost homes, offices and in many cases both. You housed displaced attorneys in your offices and your homes and you sent attorneys to man FEMA centers. You sent speakers to give seminars on starting your practice over and some speakers touched on mental health issues—knowing the scars would be with us for a long time. Most attorneys have come back, reopened their offices and returned to some sense of normalcy, but for some it was just too much.
As a legal community we lost courthouses, offices, homes, cars and clothes but we gained a renewed appreciation for our caring and selfless profession. So on behalf of all of us here in Mississippi, thank you. We will never forget what you did for us.
Joy Lambert Phillips
Mississippi Bar President, 2005-2006
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary