President's Column

President’s Column: The Case for CABA

Margaret Oertling Cupples

Article by Margaret Oertling Cupples 2023-2024 CABA President


Dear CABA Members,

Your board of directors has been talking lately about how best to communicate the value proposition of being a CABA member. In this era of declining memberships in voluntary bar associations, we hope that you will help us communicate that value.

What do you get as a member of CABA? Plenty. I’m preaching to the choir here, but CABA members get CLE credit for attending events like our recent lunch meeting with programming about the future of diversity in law school admissions. They get great programming, like our recent panel discussion that attracted a packed house of lawyers and legislators to discuss why we’re one of only two states that doesn’t actually have no-fault divorce…yet. CABA members also enjoy unparalleled opportunities to meet other lawyers and judges, like at our recent Coffee with the Court. Members got to chat with Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals judges and enjoy some king cake (thanks, Justice Beam!).

And, CABA members get a chance to participate in CABA-sponsored legal clinics with Hinds County Chancery Court and MVLP—a great way to do some of the pro bono work that all lawyers need to do, with no wasted time getting up to speed or handling a drawn-out case. They get to compete in our annual golf tournament, which raises money for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project; they can help us welcome new bar admittees to this great profession; and they can nominate leaders in the law to win our CABA Professionalism and Community Service awards. And of course, CABA members help us plan and execute all these events, so if you’re looking for a low-lift way to plug in to our legal community and meet some great folks whom you may not yet know, a CABA committee can help!

Thanks for helping us advocate about all the great things that CABA offers, including our remaining offerings for this CABA year, which ends May 31. We’ve got a great membership meeting coming up (at Anjou on April 16) with a panel discussion hosted by our Small Firm and Solo Practice Committee, and the annual Evening Honoring the Judiciary is right around the corner on May 1. Sponsorships and tickets are available for the dinner at

Best of all, memberships are 50% off for the balance of the year – please spread the word! See you at a CABA event soon.