It’s Day 3 of the MS Bar Convention. This means “summer school” is wrapping up by noon and the vendors/exhibits are being set up!
Starting at noon on the 3rd day, dozens of vendors set up a dizzying array of exhibits. Banks, Insurance, and Legal Research companies are vying for attorney business. And, how do they woo you? Free junk.
Totes, pens, pencils, pop sockets, glasses cloths, zippy pouches, beach balls, frisbees, stress balls, candy, t-shirts, sunglasses, sanitizer, sun screen, hats, note pads, cups, first aid kits, among other items that you cannot possibly live without…
All you have to do is visit with the vendor, make eye contact and sometimes just be standing nearby to gain some loot. A visit to a vendor also gets you in the running for the good stuff.
The good stuff is dealt out via a raffle. You enter it by visiting a certain number of vendors, getting the corresponding sticker or stamp and turning in your card.
These prizes are good; Yeti coolers, RayBans, iPads, drones, remote control doo-dads, gigantic stuffed animals, autographed footballs, and gift cards.
Day 3 also brings on the Welcome Reception. This is a family-friendly event with a kid’s dinner served in a beach pail; hot dogs and chips and such, and there are heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the adults. This party always has a theme, usually related to whatever family movie is playing on one end of the ball room.
Attendees mix and mingle and have a good time. Lawyers, Judges and their families from all over the state attend. It really is a fun event.
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and regular attendee of the Mississippi Bar Convention.