Category Archives: General Legal

Life is About who you KNOW…

The cliche’ is good lawyers know the law and great lawyers know the Judge.

Valerie Morton, Tim Johnson and Matthew Thompson at the Community Outreach and Pro Bono Committee of the CABA – Capital Area Bar Association – MS, Hinds County Pro Bono Legal Clinic. 10/18/19

This is not to suggest knowing the Judge results in an unfair advantage or that the fix was in, but rather you know what to focus on in a trial or hearing and how to prepare the case.

But Judges are just a piece of the Courthouse puzzle. There are behind the scenes heroes that all too often do not get recognized. Court clerks, administrators, court reporters, and bailiffs all contribute to creating a place where people can be helped and justice served.

In fact, in a lot of instances these person are on the front lines of justice. Pointing people in the direction they need to go for help or guiding them to the extent allowed, which isn’t much.

These people also see us (lawyers) at our worst. Litigants being out-lawyered, lawyers treating court staff as if they work for them personally and lawyers blaming others when something went wrong.

Through it all, they keep a smile on their face, a song in their heart and that jerk lawyer on their short list…

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and is grateful for the court staff and their seeming never-ending patience!

BeGreat Bow Ties…Thank YOu!

Recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find a very unique new bow tie in my mailbox!

BeGreatBowTies.com

Someone sent me the above bow tie. It is by far the most unique bow tie have. Also, intentionally or not, it was sent anonymously. I could not glean who it was from. The word “KIDS” and the “Scales of Justice” certainly indicate it was intentional and someone who knew me and TLF’s passion for helping families in Mississippi. So, thank you.

BeGreat Bow Ties has a meaningful and moving backstory.

The company was inspired by Tyrelle D Shaw, who committed suicide in June 2015. Tyrelle was the original creator of the unque bow tie idea…

Some 44,965 Americans commit suicide every year. This alarmingly high number shows the need for change and awareness of this problem. Suicide is an issue that’s plagued our communities for far too long and unfortunately it’s on the rise.

At BeGreat bow ties, we want to show that every life matters and there are resources available that can help.

We donate 5% of every purchase to Elevation Society, Their mission is focused on reducing suicide, bullying, and depression by uniting humans to collectively solve issues and show every individual their life is worth fighting for.

I am grateful for my BeGreat Bow Tie and will wear it proudly.

Thank you!

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody and Adoption lawyer in Mississippi.

MS Bar Convention; Day 6 – Closing Time.

That’s a wrap. By day 6 the vendors and free stuff are packed for the next convention.

The farewell brunch and annual awards are given out and the convention is over by 11:00 a.m.

Most attendees have pulled out by now and are heading home, dreading the Mobile Bay bridge and tunnel.

We reflect on the week of learning new things, meeting new people, catching up with old friends.

And thinking about Monday, back to the real world.

Matthew Thompson is a proud member of the Mississippi Bar Association.

http://www.BowTieLawyer.ms

(601)850-8000