Welcome to the Mississippi Delta Project website!

The Mississippi Delta Project (MDP) is a Harvard Law School Student Practice Organization that provides opportunities for law students to connect with partner organizations and individuals working to advance community development in the Mississippi Delta region. MDP students work on teams to support on-the-ground partners on partner-driven projects with a law or policy nexus, providing students with experiential learning and partners with expanded capacity and resources to support their mission and priorities. Past projects have included legal research, white papers on partner-identified priority issues, policy scans, landscape scans and informational interviews, and development of tailored legal resources. MDP was founded in 2009 and has been supporting community leaders in the Delta ever since.

MDP is a member of the Delta Directions Consortium (DDC), an interdisciplinary network of individuals, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and foundations that work together to create positive social change in the multistate Mississippi Delta Region. DDC focus areas include public health, food systems, and socioeconomic development. In addition to supporting community partners, MDP often engages in projects that support the longer-term goals and initiatives of DDC partners.

MDP is always excited to connect with new organizations working in the Delta and discuss potential project ideas. Successful projects generally span the academic year (beginning of October – end of April), have a link to a legal or policy issue, and one or more concrete deliverables that can be completed by the end of the year.

For more information, or to receive MDP updates via email, please contact the 2023-2024 MDP Co-Chairs: Naomi Jennings ’24 (njennings@jd24.law.harvard.edu) and Marisa Wright ’24 (mwright@jd24.law.harvard.edu) Thank you!


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