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Why is civility so important in a free society?

Civility is not only possible in a free society; it is necessary. Civil behavior is the mature substitute for anger, disobedience and destruction.

The virtuous act of civility begins by seeing other people as fellow human beings endowed with the very same inalienable rights as you, followed by a sincere feeling of humility that you might be wrong in your opinions. It is no coincidence that our civility is only called upon in disagreements, never in agreement with others where it is always unnecessary.

Civility is possible whenever each citizen makes a conscious choice to place the betterment of community and society ahead of political agendas for personal gain.

One thing to keep in mind: you will never agree with an individual or organization on every single issue. Civility often means being able to work together with others to accomplish a shared goal, even if you often or nearly always disagree with them on other issues. The vast majority of the people you encounter in policy and politics are (it’s true!) decent, well-intentioned human beings – even when you disagree with them about a particular issue.

How to Find the Right Social Media Network to Reach Your Potential Clients 

Stephen Fairley
The Rainmaker Institute
The Rainmaker Blog

The Rainmaker Institute

Monday, March 20, 2017

There is no one who should know your potential clients better than you do.  Not only is this critical for your business, it is also vital for your law firm marketing.  You simply must be able to reach the right people in the right places at the right time or your marketing — no matter how skillfully executed — will not work!

With the proliferation of social media networks over the past few years, it can be difficult to determine where you should be focusing your efforts.  Obviously, you need to fish where the fish are — market on the social media networks where your clients can be found.

And this is where the latest research from Google and Nielsen comes in handy, helping you identify the right fishing spot for your law firm!

The infographic below from Tracx takes the latest info on key social media demographics and lays it out for you so you can easily see where your ideal client is most likely to be found online.

While it may boost your ego to have thousands of follower and fans on social media, it will do nothing to boost your ROI or user engagement if you are just counting heads instead of gathering users who have a real need for your services.

The key here is to use social media to build real relationships and you can start with the relationships you already have. Once you join a social media network, your first step should be to find all your contacts there and invite them to connect with you. Once you do, and they like or comment on what you post, that will spread to their networks as well.

One of the primary goals of participating on social media is to spread your influence beyond the circle of people who already know you. This occurs when your posts are interesting enough to share.

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Mississippi Legal Professionals Association's Fall Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  

Mississippi Armed Forces Museum – Atrium Room

Camp Shelby

1001 Lee Ave W Bldg 850

Hattiesburg, MS 39407

Scrip Ticket & Lunch Menu Options


All visitors enter through the South Gate entrance to Camp Shelby off Highway 49.

All visitors to Camp Shelby, ages 16 and older, must have photo identification. State issued identification cards, military dependent or retiree cards, driver's licenses, passports, or other official issue ID cards with photo will be accepted.

Vehicle operators must present a valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance in order to drive on Camp Shelby.

Please come join us -- you know you want to be there !!!  




Youth Challenge Program

presented by

Col. William King, Director

Registration form

Following the seminar there will be a

self-guided tour of the museum until 3:30 p.m.

 Mississippi College School of Law launched a new (free) app for your iPhone and Android which provides mobile legal research capability at your fingertips.  Once you are at the site, it will ask if you want an icon placed on your phone.  It's a database of Mississippi Federal and State cases with direct links and also the Rules of Civil Procedure and much, much more! 


Simply go to your internet portal on your iPhone or Android and type:


Happy researching!!!!!, 


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The Benefits of Online Video for Law Firm Marketing

Stephen Fairley
The Rainmaker Institute
The Rainmaker Blog

The Rainmaker Institute

Friday, April 7, 2017

Here’s a statistic that is hard to wrap your head around: almost 5 billion online videos are viewed on YouTube every day.

YouTube also says that its 30 million daily visitors watch more than 3.5 billion hours of online video each month. Clearly consumers are migrating more to the visual than text to consume content that interests them.

Online video is a great way for attorneys to connect with prospects on your law firm website and on your social media platforms to effectively demonstrate expertise in your area of practice.

Beyond the YouTube stats that demonstrate virtually everyone is viewing video online, here are 6 more reasons why video belongs in your legal marketing mix:

  1. Better search results. According to Forrester Research, websites with video are 53x more likely than traditional websites to be found on the first page of Google search results. (You do know that Google owns YouTube, right?)

  2. Better retention. Forrester Research found that people retain 58% more with both visual and auditory stimulation.

  3. More traffic. Forrester Research reports that over 60% of all web traffic comes from online video.

  4. More likely to buy. People who view a video are 64% more likely to purchase (comScore).

  5. Found in the C-Suite. 65% of senior executives say they have visited a vendor website after watching a video. 59% say they prefer video to text. (Forbes’ Video in the C-Suite).

  6. More likely to be shared. Video has the best potential to be shared and go viral compared with other media.

In fact, videos are one of the best ways to convert prospects into paying clients. Humans are visual beings and when we watch someone talking on video, we see their expressions, hear their tone and can begin to feel a shared reality with the person we are looking to do business with.

You do not need to spend a fortune getting these done. The most important things to remember are:

  1. Make sure the lighting is good and the audio is clear. Studies show that while people will watch a less-than-perfect visual, they will NOT tolerate poor audio quality.

  2. Stand up when you record the video, you exude more energy and personality that way.

  3. Each video should be no more than 3 minutes (recording FAQs is a great place to start).

  4. Be enthusiastic and compassionate in your videos — people do business with people they know, like and trust.

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Congressman Thompson files bill to help [Mississippi]  immigrant

April 7, 2017

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson introduced a private bill Thursday to protect a Mississippi immigrant who lost her deferred action status and now faces deportation.

Daniela Vargas, 22, of Morton was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March after speaking out a news conference. She was in ICE custody for 10 days before being released under an Order of Supervision from the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana.

An Order of Removal was issued for Vargas by an ICE agent, not an immigration judge. The Order of Removal is still in place.

"Because that removal order is still there, they could enforce it at any point," Vargas' attorney, Abby Peterson, has told The Clarion-Ledger  "That’s a real concern moving forward."

Thompson's private bill applies exclusively to Vargas and asks "to waive grounds of removal, or denial of admission, to Daniela Vargas."

Private bills are not an uncommon practice in Congress. They are treated the same as a normal bill and sent to committee. According to the U.S. Senate's website, if a private bill is passed in identical form by both houses of Congress and is signed by the president, it becomes a private law.

According to GovTrack, 462 private bills have been filed over the past 10 years. Only 31 have passed, with most passing only after being consolidated into other regular bills. So far in this Congress, which began in January, only nine private bills have been filed.

Thompson, who is a ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Vargas is an "innocent victim."

“Enforcement of our country’s immigration laws must hold steadfast to our cherished American values," Thompson said in a statement. "Daniela Vargas is a member of our community who respects our laws, pays taxes, and has no criminal record. It is regrettable that she is the innocent victim of the cruelties of our current immigration system. Our nation needs DACA recipients like Ms. Vargas to be free from the threat of deportation so that they can contribute to our communities and build a better future for themselves and their families."

DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy started in June 2012 that allows certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Vargas was 7 when her parents came to the U.S. from Argentina on a travel visa. Because of financial constraints that led her to drop out of college, Vargas said she did not have the $495 filing fee to renew her DACA, which expired on Nov. 11. She has reapplied for DACA.

“Members of the Jackson community support Ms. Vargas wholeheartedly," Thompson's statement continues. "and I am proud to offer my support as well. While this may be a private bill for one individual, I strongly believe we must do better for those who live in fear of being uprooted from the communities that they call home.”

Peterson said she and Vargas appreciate the show of support from Mississippi's 2nd District congressman.

"We are very honored by the support that Rep. Thompson has shown Dany and thank him for his efforts," she said. "The Bill further supports her case and her right to be in the United States without fear of deportation. As we pursue Dany’s case in the court system, we will continue to support Rep. Thompson and his colleagues’ efforts to help ensure that other Dreamers do not get caught in similar situations."

Clarion Ledger, Contact Sarah Fowler at 601-961-7303 or Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

‘Sanctuary’ Cities Debate Continues


Christine C. Gannon

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Immigration Blog

Jackson Lewis, PC

Monday, April 3, 2017

President Donald Trump made cracking down on undocumented individuals a focus of his campaign. On January 25, 2017, he delivered on his promise by signing the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” Executive Order, directing the federal government to withhold federal funding from states and localities with “sanctuary” policies. Close to 300 law professors have contended that this part of the E.O. is likely unconstitutional under the Tenth Amendment, among other laws.  Additionally, mayors of sanctuary jurisdictions, including Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, have vowed to fight this directive in court, arguing that, contrary to Trump’s stated goals, sanctuary policies actually make jurisdictions safer, not “less safe.” Opponents of the E.O. cite studies to support this argument.

Since the E.O. was issued, there have been reports that sanctuary jurisdictions have been targeted for raids. The Trump Administration also released its first weekly “shame and blame” report listing jurisdictions that do not comply with detainers or have policies of non-cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  Most recently, on March 27, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Department of Justice grants would be withheld from sanctuary localities and that he might even claw back funds retroactively in part because “[c]ountless Americans would be alive today . . . if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”

California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, and Massachusetts are the states with the most to lose as they receive amount the largest grants for policing and economic development.  Boston Mayor Martin Walsh reacted to Sessions’ statement, saying the “threat of cutting federal funding from cities across the country that aim to foster trusting relationships between their law enforcement and the immigrant community is irresponsible and destructive.”  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued guidance on how jurisdictions could maintain sanctuary policies without violating the Trump E.O. But sanctuary jurisdictions are walking a fine line as the Trump Administration tries to enforce compliance with its policies. In response, immigration advocates in New York City are asking the legislature to decriminalize certain low-level nonviolent offenses, such as subway turnstile jumping, so that undocumented immigrants would not be exposed to detainer and deportation on the basis of something that minor.

Meanwhile, ICE has issued a new Immigration Detainer Form that makes it easier for ICE to demand notification from local law enforcement authorities before a potential deportee is released and to detain such individuals for up to 48 hours so that ICE can take them into custody. Many sanctuary jurisdictions are particularly hesitant to hold individuals beyond their scheduled release times.

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