Lydia Quarles ‘71 Bio

Lydia Quarles is the Senior Policy Analyst at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University.  In addition to this position, she engages in the practice of law with the firm of Knight Mozingo & Quarles, PLLC, with offices in the Jackson Metro Area (Ridgeland) and Starkville, and also engages in private consulting as the member manager of WPF, LLC.

Lydia received her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and her MA and BA from Mississippi University for Women, in 1972 and 1971, respectively.  After over a dozen years in the private practice of law in Alabama and Mississippi, she joined the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission as an Administrative Judge in 1993. Eight years later, in 2001, she was appointed Commissioner of the agency.  In 2006, she resigned to join the Stennis Institute, a position which gives her flexibility to practice law and consult.

Lydia is active in bar work, serving as co-chair of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s “Gender Fairness Implementation Study Committee” and Chief Operating Officer of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Mississippi Bar.  She is a fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, a recipient of the Mississippi Bar’s Distinguished Service Award, and a member of the Mississippi School for Math and Science Foundation Board.  She was recently honored by the American Bar Association, receiving the Mary C. Lawton Award for lasting contributions to the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission in the areas of alternative dispute resolution and access for Hispanic workers.

She is married to Jim Mozingo, an attorney who specializes in commercial litigation, transactional law and commercial bankruptcy.