Initiatives

The D.W. Perkins Bar Association is deeply committed to working with the Jacksonville community to uplift Black and marginalized communities. Keep reading to learn about some of our initiatives.

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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.

Florida Bar Path to Unity Project

The Jacksonville Bar Association and D.W. Perkins Bar Association hosted The Florida Bar’s Path to Unity Project: a traveling exhibit honoring attorneys in Florida who exemplify the values for The Florida Bar’s mission for equality.

 

Student artists painted portraits of five Florida lawyers who helped pave the way for others. The achievements of these Florida lawyers reflect The Florida Bar’s mission for equality in race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

D.W. Perkins Bar Association Bar Study Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to applicants who will sit for the July 2022 administration of the Florida Bar Exam. For more information, please download the application. Completed applications must be sent to dwperkinsmarketing@gmail.com on or before Friday, April 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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The D.W. Perkins Jury Assembly Room

On June 15, 2022, we had the distinct honor of dedicating the Jury Assembly Room in the Duval County Courthouse after our Chapter’s namesake: Daniel Webster Perkins. D.W. Perkins was a legal trailblazer who eliminated racial barriers to justice including those preventing juries that truly represented society.

 

The right to a jury trial is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution under the Sixth and Seventh Amendments. The Sixth Amendment specifically provides for an “impartial jury,” and the Supreme Court has routinely held that it is unconstitutional to strike jurors solely on the basis of race. See, e.g., Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).