The D.W. Perkins Bar Association has been serving the Jacksonville community in a myriad of ways since 1968. We welcome you to join one of our committees and to continuing a legacy of service with you.

Young Lawyers Division

The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to stimulate and encourage the interest and participation of D.W. Perkins members in the Association.

Chair: Kimberly Leonard, Esq.

Kimberly Leonard

Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program exposes scholars from William M. Raines and Jean Ribault High Schools to the legal profession. Students from each school are paired with an attorney mentors who work with the students throughout the academic year. The mentors coach the students on elements of trial practice, and at the end of the program, the students will argue their case before U.S. District Judge Brian Davis at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse.

Co-Chairs: Obinna Anum, Esq. (left), Christine Michel, Esq. (right)

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Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee coordinates the development and delivery of professional development training and resources for Association members. 

Co-Chairs: LaTonya Lipscomb Smith, Esq. (left) & Gregory Redmon, Esq. (right)

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Social Justice and Community Committee

The Social Justice and Community Committee serves a liaison between community initiatives and the Association. The committee will look for opportunities for the Association to serve the community and increase access and equity in the legal system.

Chair: Stephen Kelly, Esq.

Stephen Kelly

Scholarship and Awards Banquet Committee

The Scholarship and Awards Banquet Committee is responsible for implementing our annual Scholarship Banquet. This banquet benefits middle, high, and law school students on their journey to join the legal profession.

Chair: Ramona Chaplin, Esq.

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Judicial Diversity

The Judicial Diversity Committee serves as a body to promote equal participation of historically underrepresented groups in the judiciary. This committee accomplishes this goal through educational experiences, outreach opportunities, and mentorship.

Co-Chairs: Leslie Jean-Bart, Esq. (left) & LaFonda Middleton, Esq. (right)

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Pro Bono Committee

The Committee coordinates pro bono opportunities for Association members to serve the Jacksonville Community.

Co-Chair: Shanna Carter, J.D.

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Membership Committee

The membership committee monitors all aspects of membership, including invitations, engagement, and retention.

Chair: Amber Donley, Esq.

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Social Media and Marketing Committee

The Social Media and Marketing Committee is responsible for maintaining the online presence of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association. 

Chair: Ebony Love, Esq.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee considers financial matters of the Association, including fundraising efforts.

Chair: Noel G. Lawrence, Esq.


Sponsorship & Grant Committee

The Sponsorship/ Grant Committee is responsible for obtaining sponsors and grants to support the Association. This Committee will send sponsorship packages or letters to our community supporters to secure funds to events and apply to various grants available to our organization.

Chair: Vivian Williams, Esq.