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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 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

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.

June 5, 2019

Join FormanWatkins at the Mini Law School for HR Professionals Seminar

Malissa Wilson and Spencer Ritchie will be speakers at the upcoming Mini Law School for HR Professionals seminar.  This is a basic level seminar that will examine the current issues in human resource law for attorneys, Human Resources and financial professionals, and other business executives.  Malissa and Spencer would love for you to join them!

May 22, 2019

Toman and Diesa Win Summary Judgment in Asbestos Litigation

New Jersey partners Tom Toman and Nicole Diesa recently won a summary judgment motion in New Jersey asbestos litigation.  Despite a tentative decision to deny the motion, the Court eventually granted summary judgment and found that based upon a failure to establish causation, plaintiff could not submit a legally sufficient case against the manufacturer of electrical products represented by FormanWatkins.  Ms. Diesa wrote the winning briefs, and Mr. Toman gave the oral argument.