Daniella Shorter, Esq. – President
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he said that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The Magnolia Bar Association was founded in 1955 because Black citizens prior to and in the year of 1955 were barred from attending law schools, public or private, in the state of Mississippi. Black citizens in Mississippi who desired to study law were compelled to leave Mississippi to obtain legal training, study in law offices under the supervision of practicing attorneys or resort to self-study. The conditions and hardships endured by Black lawyers in the courts led to the creation of the Magnolia Bar Association.
Today, the Magnolia Bar Association has a membership of over a hundred Black lawyers, some who are serving as federal and state judges, others who are government attorneys, and many who are engaged in the private practice of law. We pay homage to those who started this organization and we applaud their efforts to balance the scales of justice. The Association is still committed to righting wrongs and being a voice for the voiceless. We are an association of attorneys who believe that we are the change we want to see in the world and we are committed to making our state a better place for all Mississippians.
On this site you may join the Magnolia Bar Association, see current and upcoming community events we are planning or of which we are actively involved, acquaint yourself with our board members, see contact information, and much more. This is our way of availing ourselves to our community because, as we began, we remain an organization of service, seeking justice.
RaToya J. Gilmer, Esq. – President Elect
Lilli Evans Bass, Esq. – Immediate Past
President Jimmy Wilkins, Esq. – Treasurer
NeShondria Ellerby, Esq. – Secretary
Takiyah Perkins, Esq. – Assistant Secretary
Felisha Sheppard, Esq. – Parliamentarian
Northern District Directors
Meltory Denise Fondren, Esq.
Kimberly McCray Hampton, Esq.
Northwest District Directors
Ja’Nekia Barton, Esq.
Derek Hopson, Esq.
Central District Directors
Rafael R. Green, Esq.
Kellie Grizzell, Esq.
Southwest District Directors
Noah Drake, Esq.
Aisha Sanders, Esq.
Southeast District Directors
Monica McNeely, Esq.
NeShondria Ellerby, Esq.
Magnolia Bar Foundation
Katrina S. Brown, Esq. – President
Alfred Rhodes, Esq. – Executive Director