Mississippi Justice Institute
The Mississippi Justice Institute (MJI) was founded by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) in 2016 to be its legal arm representing Mississippians whose state or federal Constitutional rights have been threatened by government actions.
For 23 years, MCPP has worked to help legislators write laws to guard the liberty of the people of Mississippi, to enhance their opportunities, and to protect their families. Through the Mississippi Justice Institute, those same goals will be pursued in the judicial system by working to ensure our laws are carried out in a way that protects liberty and honors Constitutional rights.
In the past, conservative legal groups from outside have come to Mississippi in order to fill this void – and they’ve done a fine job – but not all the violations of rights are headline grabbers. Mississippians need someone here to fight for the rights of our citizens whose life, liberty and property rights are being abused or limited by government. MJI will represent individuals or groups whose rights are threatened or infringed upon by the government and will intervene when important liberty interests or issues are being litigated in the courts, considered or decided upon by administrative agencies, or debated in the public square.
MJI’s activities include direct litigation on behalf of individuals, intervening in cases important to public policy, participating in regulatory and rule making proceedings, and filing amicus, or “friend of the Court,” briefs to offer unique perspectives on significant legal matters in Mississippi and Federal courts.
Mississippi Justice Institute is supported by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions. It receives no funds from government agencies for its operations.
Shadrack White serves as the Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute out of a desire to help working people—particularly when a rigged government wants to take away their right to start a business, stop them from practicing their religion, or hide decisions from their view by breaking ethics laws.
Shadrack grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi – population 789 – in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers, and his mother and grandmother were teachers. After attending public school, Shadrack earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Mississippi. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, earning a master’s in economic history.
Shadrack’s law degree is from Harvard Law School, where he learned the meaning of fighting for your values even when it’s unpopular. Shadrack served as President of the Federalist Society (a conservative legal association), grew Harvard’s Federalist Society to be the largest in the nation, and brought speakers to campus to defend the legality of public prayer, the morality of work and free enterprise, and the importance of traditional moral values.
In 2011, Shadrack served as Director of Policy to then-Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant during his first run for Governor. Four years later Gov. Bryant tapped Shadrack to manage his $4 million re-election campaign and help craft the agenda for his second term.
Prior to joining the Mississippi Justice Institute, Shadrack practiced law in the private sector at a firm in Ridgeland, helping to litigate cases from large multi-district litigation down to small state court cases. He served as a Special Prosecutor in Rankin County, successfully prosecuting felonies involving the family of an elected official. During law school he worked for a team of prosecutors at the Organized Crime Drug Task Force in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. He has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi and previously worked as a fellow at a national think tank on state policy. Today Shadrack and his wife, Rina, live in Rankin County.