According to the United States Census Bureau, women made up about one in three lawyers in the U.S. workforce in 2018. On Thursday, March 5, the community will have an opportunity to hear from four area attorneys who have succeeded in a career field typically dominated by males.
In observance of Women’s History Month, the next Town & Tower Club luncheon scheduled for Thursday, March 5, will highlight women in the law, including a panel discussion with attorneys Lindsay Kirkley Clemons of Columbus, Clarissa Harris of West Point, Missy Wigginton aka Mama Justice of Tupelo and Stephanie Smith Woodard with Woodard of Columbus. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Pope Banquet Room.
The program titled “Balancing the Scales” will be moderated by Karen Clay, general counsel at Mississippi University for Women. The W’s legal studies program will also be highlighted.
An alumna of Mississippi University for Women, Harris opened Harris Law Office, P.C. January 2018, where she specializes in criminal defense, expungements, divorces, child custody, child support and wills and estates. She also serves as Guardian ad Litem in the Clay County Youth Court and a public defender in the Clay County Justice Court. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Legal Studies at The W. Harris graduated from The W with a bachelor of science degree in legal studies. She went on to pursue and complete her master’s in theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and received her juris doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law.
After working for the District Attorney’s Office for 12 years, Clemons of Columbus has opened her own practice, Lindsay K. Clemons, Attorney at Law, specializing in criminal defense, family law and personal Injury. Most recently, she has partnered with Stephanie Woodard to form Clemons | Woodard | Closings, a local real estate closing firm. Clemons graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2004 with a degree in English and went on to law school at Ole Miss and graduated in 2007.
Wigginton is an experienced trial attorney with 20 years of experience in Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. She is one of the first female attorneys in the area to break into aggressive lawyer advertising and competing head-to-head for the opportunity to help clients with all types of accidents, including car and truck wrecks and work-related slips and falls. Before forming Mama Justice, she managed and settled all car accident cases for a Law Firm in Fort Worth, Texas. She also worked for and ran the Tupelo office for a multi attorney personal injury firm based in Memphis. Her firm, MW Law Firm PLLC, has offices in Memphis, Jackson and the main office in Tupelo. Wigginton graduated law school at Ole Miss.
Woodard is an Alabama native who graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1997 and The University of Alabama School of Law in 2000. She has practiced law in Alabama for 19 years. Upon moving to Columbus with her family, Woodard became licensed to practice in Mississippi and opened Woodard Law Firm, LLC, in 2019, focusing on family and chancery law, employment law, general litigation and insurance defense litigation in both Alabama and Mississippi.
Lunch is $15. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 3 to (662) 329-7119 or http://www.muw.edu/towntower.
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Feb. 24, 2020
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins