A Message from the President

My Dearest D. W. Perkins members, Friends and Supporters,

I am honored to serve as the President of D. W. Perkins Bar Association as the organization embarks upon another year serving Jacksonville and the surrounding communities! I am excited and look forward to the year ahead, however, I cannot accomplish this alone.  I am truly honored to work with an esteemed e-board and committee members which consists of a dynamic group, who all bring diverse views and experiences.  I am greatly encouraged and honored by your trust in me and will do my best to serve your needs this year.

We are moving beyond a very challenging season. We have been isolated from one another over the past years due to a pandemic. We have witnessed an insurrection of our Nation’s Capitol. We have experienced increased police brutality against Blacks which sparked protests across the country and proclamations of solidarity. All of this has magnified the disparities in health, wealth, and safety between white and black and brown communities. 

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We will use this year to stand firm in our mission to continue to be a change agent and to improve the plight of the African-American community and to combat the effects of racial and social injustices. The D.W. Perkins Bar Association is deeply committed to working with the Jacksonville community to uplift Black and marginalized communities. We will work together to continue the mission of D.W. Perkins Bar Association.

My theme for this bar year is to Reconnect and Reimagine.  As we all know, Bar Associations provide a valuable resource of information and unique opportunities for its members and for the legal community.  Now more than ever, we must embrace and also Reimagine services, programs and opportunities that D. W. Perkins Bar Associations offer.  I will work to foster efforts to Reconnect with each other and to utilize the tools we have to navigate the information and resources necessary to network with other bar organizations and legal agencies to uplift our communities.


We look forward to working with our community partners and members to enhance the experiences of people within our community, as we continue serving Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.


I would like to thank all of our members and community supporters for this opportunity. I look forward to an exciting and fulfilling upcoming year as we continue to advance our founders’ vision.

Yours in Service,


Jakela Rivers, Esq.