Florida Women's Law Group - July 2018

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July 2018

NEWBEGINNINGS Inspiring the Next Generation of Lawyers It is with great pleasure that I am able to

women in law. With the help of our colleagues here in the Jacksonville legal community, we were able to do just that. Over 70 Girl Scouts from troops all over the area attended the event, with ages ranging from 8 years old to 15. At the courthouse, they were able to participate in Q&A panels made up of lawyers, judges, a police lieutenant, and even some federal prosecutors. These professional women and men volunteered their time to teach these girls about their jobs. The Girl Scouts took these panels seriously and asked plenty of great questions over the course of the day. It was great to see these girls get so engaged. The fact that we had a room full of successful legal professionals — the majority of whom were women — was undoubtedly inspiring. From the questions they asked, you could tell the Scouts were energized by the idea of growing up to have similar careers. One poignant moment came when Judge Bass talked to the Scouts about the Supreme Court, asking the group if they knew how many of the 103 United States Supreme Court justices were women. The girls guessed 74. Imagine their shock when the judge informed them that only four women in the history of our country have held that honor. The event wrapped up with a mock trial that the girls got to participate in. A female judge on the criminal circuit even handled the proceedings, letting the girls see just how a real-life court case would play out. There was lot of learning and plenty of laughs as the girls took on different roles in the case. The event was a resounding success, and I’m proud to have been a part of it. Being able to pass on the exposure that I was fortunate enough to receive as a girl to a new generation was an incredibly powerful experience. The legal world needs more women’s voices, and from the looks of things, those voices are on their way.

announce the relaunch of the Florida Women’s Law Group newsletter! Many of our current and past clients have been asking when this publication would make its return, and the answer is right now! We’ve done some rebranding and made some improvements, but inside you’ll find the same compassionate, knowledgeable advice you’ve come to expect from our firm. changed. My team and I remain steadfast in our commitment to empower women both inside and outside the courtroom. An important part of that mission is inspiring the next generation of female lawyers. Just last month, I had the honor of showing our local Jacksonville Girl Scout troops around our courthouse. As a member of the Judicial Relations Committee, I met with the Girl Scouts development director to discuss ways we could introduce their members to careers in law and get them excited about it. I proposed giving these girls a day at the courthouse, where they could meet and ask questions of established lawyers and judges in our community. After all, having this kind of access is what inspired my first steps toward becoming an attorney. My grandfather was a judge, and my uncle was a lawyer, so I was able to see the day-to-day workings of our legal system. As a child, I got to visit them at the courthouse and hear stories of the important work they did. Most kids don’t get the benefit of that kind of exposure to our legal system, especially girls. And the problem shows. While the ratio of women to men attending law school has remained at an equitable 50-50 split, there are few women in the position of managing law partner and even fewer on the judge’s bench nationwide. Part of correcting for this gender gap requires providing our young girls with role models who have overcome the systemic biases that work against While our logo and branding may have shifted since you last heard from us, little else has

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