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About Lydia Quarles


Lydia Quarles is a Senior Policy Analyst at the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University.  She received her Juris Doctorate in 1975 from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, and her MA and BA from Mississippi University for Women, in 1972 and 1971 respectively, in political science and communication.  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.

Quarles serves as co-chair of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s “Gender Fairness Implementation Study Committee” and acts as 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, a member of the Mississippi School for Math and Science Foundation Board, and recipient of the 2006 MUW Alumnae Achievement Award.  Quarles was recently honored by the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Session, 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.

In 2004, Quarles was named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women by the Mississippi Business Journal; the Journal recognized her service to the State as a Commissioner as well as entrepreneurial skills developed in her property management business in Starkville, Spruill Property Management, LLC.  In 2012 she was awarded a national honor by the American Society of Public Administration for her work to enhance opportunities for women in the field of public administration.

WPF, LLC is her consulting business.  Visit her website at  Lydia also practices law with Mozingo | Quarles, PLLC as the principal in the Northeast Mississippi office.


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