The Inspiration of the Mississippi Center for Justice

Crystal Adams
J.D. Candidate 2015, UCI Law

Working for the Mississippi Center for Justice was such an inspiring and fulfilling experience. Not only were the staff appreciative of our contributions to the Center’s work, but also everyone we collaborated with was so warm and genuine. A large group of students participated in community outreach programs to promote the Center’s services and advocacy efforts. Students came back every day with colorful stories about their time in the field. One theme united all their accounts: southern hospitality and honesty were staples in many of their interactions. Even if people in the community were preoccupied with errands or disagreed with the Center’s efforts, they would often talk with the students for a while or welcome them into their homes. I was grateful for the opportunity to get to know people who grew up in the area and who were giving back to their community through legal work and organizing efforts.

I think what moved me the most about my time in Biloxi was how emotionally resilient strong people in the community were, regardless of the various challenges many people faced. Despite still seeking relief for damages resulting from Hurricane Katrina or the BP Oil spill, they accepted the issues in front of them and moved forward. I have so much respect for the Mississippi Center for Justice, and I am glad I was part of an eye-opening and heartening journey. I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to participate in this rewarding spring break trip next year, and I highly recommend the experience to others.