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Given Mississippi's unique status as the only state without a class action rule, the recent developments in Mississippi joinder law, and the suggestions in Armond and Bailey that Mississippi should adopt a class action rule, scholars and practitioners from around the country gathered in Jackson, Mississippi on February 18, 2005, to debate two issues. First, should Mississippi now adopt a class action rule? Second, how should such a rule be structured? The articles in this Symposium represent the final written product of this debate. This Foreword organizes the articles by issue, provides an overview of each article, and identifies key points of agreement and dispute among the authors.