2015 Symposium:


Greetings, my name is Brittany Brooks, and I am honored to be Editor-in-Chief for the Mississippi College Law Review for the 2014-2015 school year.  This year's symposium topic will examine the effects of tort reform in Mississippi ten years later.  We are currently soliciting prominent scholars and practitioners both locally and nationally to join us as speakers.  Please examine the call for papers below and consider joining us in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 20, 2015.  This year, we will be live broadcasting and video archiving the symposium with the goal of sharing the event with a national audience.


CALL FOR PAPERS. Ten Years Later: The Effects of Tort Reform in Mississippi

Mississippi College Law Review Symposium


The Mississippi College Law Review invites you to participate in its 2015 day-long symposium, Ten Years Later: The Effects of Tort Reform in Mississippi to be held in Jackson, Mississippi, on March 20, 2015.


In 2004, Mississippi became one of the first states in the nation to pass comprehensive tort reform which capped noneconomic and punitive damages. Supporters assert that these reforms prevented frivolous lawsuits, saved access to care by reducing medical malpractice insurance rates, and bolstered economic development by helping to recruit new businesses.  Opponents maintain that the reforms limited or restricted legal relief for those legitimately injured and wronged, failed to bring new industry and jobs to the state, and was merely a conquest on behalf of big business and conservative politicians.


The symposium seeks both articles and shorter essays that focus on the effects of tort reform in Mississippi and nationwide.


Accepted works will be presented at the conference and published in the Symposium volume in Summer 2015.  We are especially interested in shorter essays (roughly 8,000 to 10,000 words, including footnotes).  Previously published papers and essays are also welcome. 

Abstracts of no more than one page should be sent to Brittany Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, at, no later than February 6, 2015.  Please include all contact information, proposed topic, whether the work is conceptualized as a full article or as a shorter essay, and a brief description of the proposed work/presentation.


A draft of the full article or essay is not expected until March 13, 2015.


For accepted presentation articles or essays, the Presenter's travel and hotel costs will be fully paid by our institution. 


In addition, each person who presents, and also submits a work that is accepted for publication in our journal, will receive a $1,000 honorarium for his/her paper and symposium attendance. 


Queries may be addressed to Brittany Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, at



Past Symposiums


In an effort to further expand our commitment to legal scholarship and dialog, the Mississippi College Law Review began hosting an annual symposium dedicated to current and controversial issues.  Attracting nationally-reknowned speakers and panelists, these symposia have quickly become key events in the local legal community and have even garnered national media coverage.


In conjunction with each annual symposium, the Review publishes a journal on the topic, containing articles and essays by leading authorities in the field.


2012 Social Media & the Law Symposium


2011 Symposium: Beyond the Horizon: The Gulf Oil Spill Crisis -- Analyzing the Economic, Environmental, and Legal Implications of the Oil Spill