January 01, 2019

Feature Friday - Jay Kucia - January 4, 2019

Welcome to Feature Friday!

Today we are very excited to introduce you to one of our law student members, Jay Kucia.

Jay is a second-year law student from Clinton, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Mathematics and graduated in 2017. While at Mississippi College, Jay served as a freshman mentor, a constitutional development teaching assistant, a service club officer, a student senator, and a resident assistant. In law school, Jay is the president of the Mississippi Labor and Employment Society and a member of the Public Interest Law In 2018. Jay also worked as a law clerk at Morgan & Morgan in Jackson, Mississippi. At Morgan & Morgan, Jay assisted attorneys representing low-income people from all over Mississippi who were often struggling to pay medical bills. Jay has also volunteered for several state and national political campaigns, all with strong health law and reform platforms. Jay expects to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law in May of 2020. After graduation, Jay plans to use the law to continue his advocacy for health justice, economic justice, and workers’ rights.

Jay Kucia

Jay Kucia

Q: Why do you want to be a lawyer?

Jay: I want to be a lawyer to advocate for working people. I believe that rebuilding the middle class, restoring workers’ rights, and reestablishing economic justice in our country are the defining challenges of my generation. I believe the best way to be a part of that is to become a lawyer and advocate for working people through the courts and public policy.

Q: Why health law?

Jay: Healthcare is one of the greatest challenges facing working people today. Healthcare costs are soaring, and millions of Americans cannot afford the care they need. I want to help reform the American healthcare system so that no one ever will ever be denied necessary medical care simply for not having enough money. Studying and reworking health law is crucial in this mission.

Q: What is one piece of advice that was given to you and has stuck with you?

Jay: My mother has always taught me that balance is the secret to life. Whether in personal life, professional life, or even politics, I’ve found that to be true. In my experience, find the balance and you’ll usually be where you need to be.

Q: What three things would you want with you on a deserted island?

Jay: I would bring a mobile hot spot, a laptop, and drinking water. I would want to get off that island as soon as possible.

Jay and his parents

Jay and his parents

Q: Tell us about your funniest family holiday story.

Jay: It’s not exactly one story, but for years when we were kids, my cousins and I would all share a room on Christmas Eve. The five of us would put down our pallets in a small bedroom at my aunt’s and stay up almost all night waiting for Santa. As you would expect, we also got into some trouble. There was always a lot of laughter, and we still talk about it all these years later.

Q: If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?

Jay: I would have a cat that doesn’t need to use the bathroom. I have one cat named Emmylou Harris and want more, but cleaning the litter box is not a fun experience.

Q: How do you define success?

Jay: To me, success is finding a way to take care of your own needs and doing something good with your time on Earth. That balance is how I define success.

Q: Tell us about a funny travel story.

Jay: It doesn’t take much to make me laugh. When my parents and I were traveling in Paris, we rode one of the subways. Coming from Mississippi, we weren’t exactly used to subways. We got on, and, when the subway took off, we all fell down. Apparently, we should have been sitting or holding onto the poles more tightly. We got some bruises, but we were literally rolling on the floor laughing.

Q: What are three things on your bucket list?

Jay: I want to get married and have children, so I guess that’s two. And, I want to found a nonprofit advocacy group for workers’ issues like health insurance, wages, benefits, and retirement policy.

Q: If you could visit any fictional land, what would it be and why?

Jay: I would visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and I would love to experience magic in real life.

Q: If you could uninvent one thing, considering the consequences of uninventing it, what would it be and why?

Jay: That’s a scary question. I don’t really trust myself with time powers, so I would go with something really inconsequential. Maybe the aglet? That piece of plastic on the end of shoelaces? That seems pretty harmless.



Q: Tell us about one of your proudest moments.

Jay: One of my proudest moments was the first time I heard a client won a case I had helped on. It seems small, but that experience showed me that practicing law is something I absolutely have to do with my life.

Q: How does the Health Law Section impact you?

Jay: The Health Law Section gives me opportunities I wouldn’t have without it. Thanks to the Health Law Section, I can network with other people in the field and learn things I would never have on my own. It’s a great educational and professional benefit.

Q: Tell us about an embarrassing moment in your life.

Jay: I once lost a football bet with some of my fraternity brothers. The loser had to dye his hair pink and wear a sparkly tank top and hot pink short shorts for twenty-four hours—to class and everything. It was not pretty.

Q: What do you like about being part of the Health Law Section?

Jay: I like being a part of the community that is the Health Law Section. Connecting with other people committed to improving our health care system is inspiring and helps me stay committed too.


We would like to extend a huge thank you to Jay for his participation in Feature Friday! It is safe to say that we should be looking forward to the newest generation of Health Law attorneys. Get to know your fellow HLS members and leaders by stopping by every Friday to check out a new feature. #FridaysAreForLawyers #MakingFridaysFunAgain

If you are interested in being featured, please contact Rachel Blakley. All members are encouraged to participate!!!