(Jackson, MS / April 29, 2015) Marlena P. Pickering has been named Mississippi College of Law’s 2015 Young Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Pickering was recognized at the Alumni Association’s annual dinner and scholarships auction on April 24 held at the Country Club of Jackson.
The Alumni Association of Mississippi College of Law, formed in 1977, created the Young Lawyer of the Year award for alumni who graduated within the previous 10 years and have made outstanding contributions to their communities and profession.
Ms. Pickering, an associate in Baker Donelson’s State Public Policy Group, advises clients on issues related to public law matters such as airport and aviation law, public procurements and government contracts, affordable housing, insurance regulations, and commercial and real estate transactions. She has served as a member of the Firm’s Associate Advisory Committee and Recruiting Committee, providing assistance in the recruitment and retention of new attorneys. She also serves as a mentor to law student clerks and new lawyers at Baker Donelson.
A 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Mississippi College of Law, Ms. Pickering has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2011. She was recently named to the Mississippi Business Journal’s 2015 “Top 40 Under 40” list and is a member of Leadership Greater Jackson’s 2014-2015 class. Ms. Pickering was also named a “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Black Law Student Association at the Mississippi College School of Law in 2007-2008 and in 2009-2010. She is a member of the American, Magnolia, Capital Area and Mississippi Bar Associations, as well as the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Pickering is also a member of the Charles Clark American Inns of Court. She currently serves on the board for the MIB Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, coaches the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team, and is a member of the R.E.A.L. Christian Foundation and Black Girls Run. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Pickering taught social studies in the Jackson Public Schools District.
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