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July 26, 2019

FormanWatkins Selected as One of the Best Places to Work in Mississippi in 2019

FormanWatkins is excited to announce our selection as one of the Best Places to Work in Mississippi for 2019, as voted on by our very own employees. Our team in Jackson and the culture we foster are extremely important to the Firm, and seeing this come to light with this recognition is truly an honor.

July 25, 2019

McMinn Appointed to Mississippi Bar Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Alison McMinn has been appointed to the Mississippi Bar Child Welfare and Child Advocacy Committee by new Mississippi Bar President Amanda Tollison! The Committee will provide a forum and home for attorneys who practice in varying aspects of child welfare/juvenile law practice related to children and will work closely with and assist the Young Lawyer’s Division’s Child Advocacy Committee in its endeavors and activities. Congratulations, Alison!

July 25, 2019

Wilson Selected as One of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Businesswomen for 2019

Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is proud to announce that Malissa Wilson has been chosen as one of the 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal! A special 2-day retreat was recently held by MBJ and their sponsors, Regions Bank and Mississippi Economic Council, at Hinds Eagle Ridge, where the women enjoyed great networking opportunities, seminars, and a luncheon.

July 23, 2019

Ritchie Appointed to Mississippi Bar Professionalism Committee

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Spencer Ritchie has been appointed by new Mississippi Bar President Amanda Tollison to the Mississippi Bar Professionalism Committee! The Committee is responsible for monitoring/studying developments in the area of professionalism and making recommendations to the Mississippi Bar’s Board of Commissioners. The Committee also makes recommendations to the Board regarding programs to improve client/attorney relations, the image of the profession, and the quality of life of lawyers as they relate to professionalism.

July 15, 2019

Smith Appointed to Local Government Records Committee

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Ahmad Smith has been appointed to the Local Government Records Committee at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History!  The duty of the Local Government Records Committee is to approve, disapprove, amend, or modify records control schedules for municipalities, participating counties, and other local government entities for the disposition of records, based on administrative, legal, fiscal, or historical value.

July 1, 2019

Kapoor and White Win Pro Bono Criminal Trial

Jackson associates Sam Kapoor and Taylor White recently won a criminal trial in the youth court of Lafayette County, Mississippi.  Kapoor and White represented a minor charged with simple assault by threat.  After Kapoor and White put on the Youth Defendant’s case-in-chief, which involved the cross-examination of the victim, two police officers, and a detective, the Defense moved the Court for a directed verdict.  Finding the State failed to present sufficient evidence of subjective fear, an essential element of the charge of simple assault by threat, the Court granted their motion and directed a verdict in favor of the Youth Defendant.

June 11, 2019

FormanWatkins is Proud Sponsor of Bessie Young Council Summer Social

FormanWatkins is a proud sponsor of the Bessie Young Council Summer Social! The event will take place on Thursday, June 20, at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.  Come mingle and have a beverage with fellow students, law clerks, alumni, and Jackson’s top lawyers!  More details on the event can be found on the attached flyer.  We hope to see you there!

June 6, 2019

Employment Law Update: Failure to File Charge of Discrimination Is Not The Death Knell For A Discrimination Lawsuit

Failure to File Charge of Discrimination Is Not The Death Knell For A Discrimination Lawsuit  By:  Malissa Wilson & Sam Kapoor In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for employees to bypass filing a Charge of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before filing suit.  The Court unanimously decided, in Fort Bend County v. Davis, that Title VII’s charge-filing requirement is procedural and not jurisdictional. By making this finding, the Court for the first time made clear that federal courts have the authority to hear Title VII claims that are not the subject of a Charge of Discrimination, and that the charge-filing requirement could be waived by employers for failure to timely assert it as a defense. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlines a specific process for filing employment discrimination claims. Title VII instructs employees to file a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC or equivalent state agency stating the specific claim(s) of discrimination before filing litigation in federal court. If the EEOC chooses not to sue or has not acted in response to the charge, employees have then “exhausted” their claims and may pursue them in federal court. In Davis, the employee filed a Charge of Discrimination with the EEOC asserting sexual harassment and retaliation claims. While her charge was pending, she was fired for attending a church event.  On an EEOC intake form, she handwrote “religion” in an attempt to amend her charge to add an additional claim for religious discrimination based on her firing. After years of litigation, and with only the religious discrimination […]