The Mississippi Law Journal Award

The Mississippi Law Journal recently bestowed the Mississippi Law Journal Award on Merritt Baria. The Mississippi Law Journal Award is presented annually to the third-year member who has most contributed to the betterment of the Journal through hard work and self-sacrifice and who has dedicated themselves to improving the quality of the Journal’s publications and its reputation in the law school community and the legal community outside the university. The Mississippi Law Journal Award is the highest honor the Mississippi Law Journal confers on a student member.

Merritt serves as Volume 93’s Managing Editor. Her article, “Thermtron: Destroyer of Procedural Consistency in Remand” will be published in Volume 93 of the Mississippi Law Journal.

Following graduation, Merritt will clerk for Judge Rhesa Barksdale at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Jackson, MS. After her clerkship, Merritt has accepted a position with the firm Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York, NY. While reflecting on her experience on the Mississippi Law Journal Merritt shared that, “it has truly been a privilege to work alongside my fellow Journal members for the last two years, and I am humbled and grateful that my peers saw fit to give me this award.”

View past Mississippi Law Journal award recipients here.

Robert C. Khayat Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Mississippi Law Journal

The Mississippi Law Journal recognized Anna Beavers and Ashley House as this year’s recipients of the Robert C. Khayat Award.

This honor is awarded to two third-year Journal members who best represent the service and commitment of former Chancellor Robert C. Khayat. Robert C. Khayat is a Journal alumnus, Emeriti Professor of Law, and former Chancellor of the University.

View past Robert C. Khayat Award recipients here.

Anna serves as Volume 93’s Executive Editor. Her article, “First Amendment Audits: How to Conceptualize the Socio-Political Movement” will be published in Volume 93 of the Mississippi Law Journal.  Following graduation, Anna will be joining Kirkland & Ellis as a litigation associate in Salt Lake City, Utah. Anna shared that, “I am humbled to receive this award and appreciate all the hard work the entire staff of the Mississippi Law Journal put in this year.”




Ashley serves as a Mississippi Cases Editor for Volume 93. Upon graduation, Ashley will clerk for the Honorable Josiah D. Coleman of the Mississippi Supreme Court. Ashley “hopes to use the skills she has acquired from Mississippi Law Journal while assisting Justice Coleman in the administration of justice.”