|"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.”
- President Theodore Roosevelt, 1908
Who is the Mississippi Association for Justice?
As attorneys, we work to make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
What we do is more important now than ever before because the drug and oil industries, big insurance companies and other large corporations dominate our political process – and thus, people cannot depend on the political system to hold corporations accountable. When corporations and their CEOs act irresponsibly by delaying or refusing to pay fair and just insurance claims, producing unsafe products, polluting our environment, or swindling their employees and shareholders, the only place where Americans can hold them accountable is in our courts.
We are committed to strengthening the civil justice system so that deserving individuals can get justice, and wrongdoers are held accountable. We oppose efforts to weaken basic legal protections and further stack the deck against average Mississippians. All Americans benefit when individuals represented by attorneys have a fair chance to get justice through our civil justice system.
What if I do more than represent plaintiffs in personal injury claims?
Many MAJ members have a varied, general practice representing clients in family law matters, criminal defense, real estate and business transactions, and a myriad of other areas. Most of our attorneys live in areas with a population of less than 15,000 people. But our goals remain the same: helping those who need it most - people without easy access to the courts, clients without the means to defend themselves from prosecution, individuals battling against powerful insurance companies and multi-national corporations.
How do I become a member of the Association?
Membership into our organization is open to all lawyers who are licensed in Mississippi. There are different membership categories, including voting and non-voting members. Voting members are eligible for all benefits of MAJ. For a full list of benefits, click here. To apply for membership, click here fill out an application and fax or mail it to the State Office. Voting membership requires two references and letters of recommendation by current, voting members of MAJ.
What are the benefits to being a member?
MAJ List Server – Do you need to know about a specific judge or venue? Looking for a form? Wonder what trial attorneys across the state think about your pressing legal issue? Instantly communicate via e-mail with trial lawyers across the state through the MAJ List Server, MAJ’s most popular service.
MAJ Website – We are very proud of our affiliation with TrialSmith – the host of our website and the repository of one of the most complete collections of depositions, pleadings, filings and forms for plaintiffs’ lawyers in the nation.
Continuing Legal Education – MAJ sponsors several seminars throughout the year on everything from auto litigation to criminal law. Speakers include nationally renowned experts, judges, and some of the top trial attorneys in the state and nation. MAJ members enjoy CLE discounts at every seminar.
Insurance – As an MAJ member, you are qualified to apply for special insurance plans offered at competitive rates and designed for both small and large firms.
Amicus Curiae Brief Participation – MAJ has an outstanding record on Amicus Curiae Brief participation in cases of importance to the trial bar and the public.
Representation - MAJ is your advocate at the state and nation’s Capitols! MAJ works to protect and enhance the civil justice system. Our goal is to ensure that lawmakers will listen and respond to our views on legislation and proposals that diminish the rights of Mississippi’s citizens to a trial by jury.
Legal Research Discount - LexisNexis offers MAJ members substantial discounts on their research needs. Discounts are available on such content as Mississippi cases, agency decisions, AG opinions, Federal cases and codes, Mississippi law reviews, 5th Circuit & US Supreme Court opinions, LexisNexis Public Records, and so much more.
Expert Medical Research - Medifocus Legal is offering all MAJ members a 10% discount on their research services. Since 1996, Medifocus has offered expert medical literature research to personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys. For more details on their research and types of cases they have worked on, visit their website: http://www.expertmedicalresearch.com/. For more information, please call or email Elliot Jacob, Ph.D., at (301) 520-4866 (cell), (301) 649-9300 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org. You must mention your MAJ membership to receive the discount.