Contact:

 

Area of Expertise:

  • Externships

Meta Copeland

 

Director of Experiential Learning

 

Education:

 

  • Juris Doctor, Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, MS, magna cum laude, May 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, magna cum laude, May 1995

 

Professional Experience:

 

  • Director, Experiential Learning, Mississippi College School of Law, 2012 - present
  • Director, Legal Extern Program, Mississippi College School of Law, 2008 - 2012
  • Director, Professional Development, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007 - 2008
  • Associate, Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A., Jackson, MS, 2001 - 2007
  • Associate, Brunini Grantham Grower & Hewes, PLLC, Jackson, MS, 1998 - 2001
 
 
 

Law School Service:

 

  • Director of Public Service Law Center, 2012 - present
  • Co-Director of Public Service Law Center, 2010-2012
  • Advisor, Public Interest Law Group, 2010 - present 
  • MC Law Appellate Advocacy Advisory Board, 2005, 2010
  • MC Law Graduation Committee, 2008, 2009
  • Mississippi Moot Court Championship, Grievance Committee, 2010
  • Academic Programs Faculty Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Alumni Faculty Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Faculty Coach for Moot Court Competition Teams:
    • Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, 1998
    • August A. Rendings, Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition, 1999
    • George Washington National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition, 2007
    • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2007 - 2012
    • Mississippi Moot Court Competition, 2007, 2008, 2009
    • National Pretrial Competition, 2008 - 2012
    • Earl E. Zehmer National Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition, 2010 - 2012
    • Mississippi Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition, 2010 - 2011 
 

Publications:

 

  • Adoption, 3 Encyclopedia of Mississippi Law (Jeffrey Jackson, et al., eds., forthcoming 2015) 
  • Clinical Law Prof Blog, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/clinic_prof/ (2014)
  • Capital Area Bar Association, Newsletter Coordinator, http://www.caba.ms/archives.html (2013 - present)
  • Using Personality Profiles in Public Service Career Advising, Meta Copeland, Vol. 24, No. 6 NALP Bulletin, at 10 (June 2012).
 
 

Presentations: 

 

 
  • Panelist, Challenges and Benefits of Distance Learning in Experiential Placements, Externships VII, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (February 2014)
  • Panelist, Necessary Control or Control Freak? For and Against Faculty Selection of For-Credit Field Placements for Externship Students, Externships VI, Harvard Law School (March 2012)
  • New Clinicians: Reflections on First Year Teaching, Southern Clinical Conference, University of Alabama School of Law (August 2011) 
 
 
 
 

Honors and Awards:

 
  • LSBA Personal Courage Award, 2014
  • Mississippi Business Journal’s Leaders in Law, 2012 
  • Order of Barristers, Attorney inductee, 2013
  • Barrister, American Inns of Court, Charles Clark Chapter
 
 

Bar Admissions:

 

  • Mississippi State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Souther Districts of Mississippi
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District

 

Professional Memberships:

 

  • Mississippi Bar Association           
    • Appellate Practice Section Executive Committee, 2014
    • Election Committee, 2000
  • American Bar Association
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, Director ,1998-2000          
  • Federal Bar Association, Mississippi Chapter
    • Vice President and President-elect, 2014
    • Treasurer, 2013
    • Membership Secretary, 2012
  • Capital Area Bar Association, Board Member, 2014-2015          

 

Community Activities:

 

  • Junior League of Jackson (JLJ), 2004 - 2012
    • JLJ Publications Steer Committee member, 2012
    • Co-Chair to Board, Advisory Planning, 2010
    • Chairman, Education & Training Series, 2009
    • Chairman, Listening, Learning, Leading (partnership with Jackson Public Schools), 2008
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project volunteer
  • People’s Law School, Organizational Committee, 2000
  • Downtown Jackson Exchange Club, 1998 – 2001
  • Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Legal Lines volunteer, 2007 - 2013