Three Mississippi public interest lawyers and a Jackson State University professor will provide insights and context on how law and social movements have advanced racial and economic justice in Mississippi. Students also can learn more about an exciting opportunity to serve as interns at the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson.
Reilly Morse, president of Mississippi Center for Justice, joined the Center after 20 years in private practice. He successfully challenged racial disparities in Mississippi’s housing and infrastructure programs after Hurricane Katrina. He also brought environmental justice litigation on behalf of African American communities. In 2006, he won a national public interest legal award. He has written and lectured widely on disaster law and community lawyering.
Charles Lee, director of consumer protection at the Mississippi Center for Justice, leads campaigns to promote equal access to credit and fairness in debt collection. He was the founding board president of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and served as interim executive director after Hurricane Katrina. He built an extensive litigation practice in Mississippi and Georgia prior to joining MCJ.
Kiara Taite started as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps expungement attorney at the Mississippi Center for Justice. She now has moved into community development and foreclosure prevention. In her free time, she participates as a board member and activist in the Mississippi Rising coalition to bring public pressure to controversies such as the Mississippi state flag and LGBT discrimination.
Robert Luckett teaches history and directs the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University. His research interests include the modern Civil Rights movement, African American history, and Southern history. Luckett currently serves on the Jackson School Board as part of a collaborative effort to address emergency conditions in the school system. His latest publication is a biography of Mississippi Attorney General Joe Patterson.
The Mississippi Center for Justice is a private nonprofit public interest law firm headquartered in Jackson with offices in Biloxi and Indianola. Founded in 2003 by Mississippi civil rights leaders, It provides free legal assistance and advocacy through campaigns in education, health, housing, and consumer protection. The Center’s mission is to advance racial and economic justice. For more information, visit their website.
Co-sponsored by the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Office for Inclusive Community, the Committee on Diversity, and the Student Senate.
Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199