Women in the Profession

The primary purpose of the Women in the Profession Section is to identify areas impacting women in the law and provide resources and education to maintain women lawyer membership within the Bar. To achieve this primary purpose, the Section has identified three key areas of focus: The current status of women in the legal profession; Barriers that prevent women attorneys from full participation in the work, responsibilities and rewards of the profession, including problems encountered by women attorneys in pursuing their professional careers; and Quality of life issues in the profession that affect both male and female attorneys. For each of these areas, the Section will provide education to its members (male and female) through continued legal education, publications and other initiatives. The Section will provide a network of members within all practice areas, will promote diversity and inclusion within the Bar, will foster future leaders within the profession, and will foster a mentoring relationship with the state’s two law schools.


Women in the Profession Section
2023-2024 Executive Committee 

Ratoya J. Gilmer, Jackson
Gilmer & Green Legal Group, PLLC
[email protected]
(769) 208-8122 

Vice Chair
Blythe K. Lollar, Jackson
Butler Snow
[email protected]
(601) 985-4122

Judge Tiffany P. Grove, Raymond
Chancery Court Judge - District 5
[email protected]
(601) 968-6547 

Past Chair
Meta S. Copeland, Jackson
Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC
[email protected]
(601) 605-6900 

Member at Large (8/2022-7/2024) 
Lilli Bass, Jackson
Brown Bass & Jeter PLLC
[email protected]
(601) 487-8448 

Member at Large (8/2022-7/2025) 
Colleen S. Welch, Ridgeland
Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy LLC
[email protected]
(601) 812-6630 

Member at Large (8/2023-7/2026)
Judge Selene Maddox, Aberdeen
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Mississippi
[email protected]
(662) 369-8147