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Charles Ozier

Wise Carter Child & Caraway, P.A.

Mentoring and counseling young lawyers is a passion and honor for Jackson attorney Charles Ozier.

“They are the future leaders and representatives of the legal community,” he said.

“Teaching not only includes the ‘how-tos’ of the law practice, but the importance of ethics, professionalism and civility in the day-to-day practice of law.”

Towards that end, Ozier developed and administers a trial practice program through the Mississippi College School of Law, instructing future lawyers on the fine points of preparing and conducting jury trials.

Known as the James O. Dukes Professionalism Program, it is designed to impress upon entering law students the importance of legal ethics.

A shareholder attorney with Wise, Carter, Child & Caraway in Jackson, Ozier says he enjoys sharing his law knowledge with an audience.

“I have always felt comfortable speaking to people at seminars, meetings and in the courtroom,” he said.  “A successful courtroom lawyer must be able to think quickly, make sound judgments and project confidence in himself.”

As the liaison for Wise Carter’s joint program with the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, Ozier also coordinates pro bono legal services for the firm.  His volunteer work also extends to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he provided free legal assistance to survivors of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“I spent three weeks at several FEMA centers providing legal counsel involving insurance claim and coverage issues, among other things,” he said.  “Meeting and working directly with the people of the Mississippi Coast in the rebuilding efforts after the hurricane was a very gratifying and special experience for me.”

Growing up in Jackson, Ozier credits his parents and Jack Carlisle, his high school football coach, for being stellar role models in his formative years.

“My parents were the greatest,” he said. “They taught my siblings and I the importance of loving and supporting each other and others, the value of Christian principles and the importance of applying yourself and taking advantage of every opportunity that came your way.”

Since 2006, Ozier has served as commissioner of the Southern High-Speed Rail Commission after being appointed by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Ozier relishes spending time with his grandchildren when he’s not working.

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More on Charles Ozier:

Age: 62

Birthplace: Jackson

Family: Married with children

Role model: : Parents, Terry and Anne Ozier

One word to describe himself: Committed

Donates time to: Mississippi BAR Volunteers Lawyer program

Favorite place to travel: Northern Italy and Alaska

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