The Jacksonville Bar Association was formed in 1897 and incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Florida in 1971.
The articles of incorporation state the purpose of the company, including upholding the honor and dignity of the legal profession, promoting better law and promoting professional ethics.
The document further states that the JBA functions as a “scientific institution of learning in the field of the science of jurisprudence”, as well as a charity with regard to legal aid for the indigent and a society of debate and of literature in the fields of justice. philosophy and literature.
The 2022 JBA still does all of this, but also offers services that can help its members develop the business side of their law practice as well as opportunities for leadership and community service.
“If you want to get more involved in the legal community, give me a call and we’ll chat. There is room for everyone, ”said Craig Shoup, Executive Director.
One of the signature benefits of the JBA is the regular lunch meeting with keynote speakers for members and their guests.
“I will pit our speakers against any organization in the state,” Shoup said.
The 2022 schedule so far includes Florida Bar presidential nominees Lorna Brown-Burton and Scott Westheimer on January 12.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady is due on February 16, followed by Jacksonville attorney and Florida Bar President Mike Tanner on April 6.
The annual Law Day luncheon takes place on May 4, with the President-designate of the State House of Representatives, Paul Renner, as well as the presentation of the Lawyer of the Year and Liberty Bell awards.
State Supreme Court Judge Alan Lawson is due on June 15.
“We suggest that you do not sit down with your friends for lunch. It’s a way to meet new people and build your network, ”said Shoup.
The JBA Lawyer Referral Service receives approximately 1,000 inquiries each month. This is a resource for people who think they have a civil practice or traffic law problem that a lawyer could help resolve.
Members who register to participate in the service have qualified clients referred to them. After a 30-minute consultation for a nominal administrative fee collected by the association, the lawyer has the option of accepting the case and then billing the client for legal services.
“It’s a great way to start a business book, especially if you’ve just graduated from law school and hanging your shingle,” Shoup said.
The Young Lawyers Section of the JBA, for lawyers 35 years of age or younger or those in practice for less than five years, organizes annual community projects for members to benefit nonprofit organizations.
Events include a golf tournament, a poker tournament, a distribution of Christmas gifts to seniors, and a chili cuisine that allows law firms to pit their culinary skills against each other for bragging rights.
This year’s Chili and Cornbread Contest will be held February 19 at the Riverside Arts Market to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida.
“We are supporting local charities who can use the support and YLS is a great way to network and socialize,” Shoup said.
The association also offers continuing education opportunities with CLE credits certified by the Florida Bar.
Several levels of JBA membership are available with different levels of benefits. Membership fees are waived for the first year for new attorneys admitted to the Florida bar or other state bar association for less than 12 months, Shoup said.
Visit jaxbar.org for more information on membership, CLE programs and the lawyer referral service.
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