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in my community that will lead others to their dreams, goals, and aspirations. I want to use my law degree to break the cycle. I want the next generations of Williams to reap each and every benefit that this world has to offer.” Williams begins building his legacy now. He secured a prestigious federal judicial clerkship and is clerking for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Cynthia A. Norton for the Western District of Missouri. During his time in law school, he previously had the opportunity to extern for a federal bankruptcy judge in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, which gave him the experience and ambition to pursue a full clerkship. Following the clerkship, he will return to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to join Balch & Bingham, LLP in Gulfport as an associate in financial services with the Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Group. “Jacorius is one of the best rela- tionship-builders and self-starters I’ve ever had the privilege to know in my time working with students,” said Cassandra Latimer, Career Center Director. “In his own unassuming, but incredibly powerful way, he seizes opportunities. In fact, he creates opportunities that others could barely dream about, much less have the courage to act upon. I’m exceptionally grateful that Jacorius has found his future in our state. Mississippi will be better for it.” The opportunities Williams has earned could take him anywhere, but he wants to make a difference in his home state. “Trends show that many people move to Mississippi for higher education, yet move to another state after receiving their degree. I pride myself on never being one to follow trends,” he said. “My plan has always been to remain in Mississippi. Mississippi is my home and my family also lives here. My father always imparted to me the value of being a leader, not a follower. I want to stay and create a place where the next generation can not only be proud of, but can also find their dream job.”His goal is to focus heavily on educational awareness in Mississippi so students can understand their opportunities. “Countless students advance through the education system unaware of the educational opportunities that await them upon graduating from high school. Although endless opportunities await these Mississippians, the chance to further their education comes with the undesired roadblock of financing these opportunities,” he said. “Because of this, I plan on establishing an annual scholarship that focuses on finding talented students from Mississippi who may lack certain GPA or class rank requirements imposed by most scholarships, but have the intangibles for success.”   34 

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