JWLA May Luncheon

 Join us for the May JWLA Luncheon on May 12, 2022 at The River Club & Virtually


LeAnna Cumber, Jacksonville City Council

CLE Credit Pending


Combatting Sex Trafficking in Northeast Florida

In early 2020, Jacksonville Council member LeAnna Cumber passed one of the country's most comprehensive ordinances combatting the scourge of sex trafficking. The bill would go on to become a national model for how municipalities crack down on the horrific epidemic. By creating long-lasting structural changes within the city, mandating a series of educational practices, and codifying a mayoral-appointed city board run exclusively by survivors, Cumber shed light on this critical issue and led the fight against traffickers in Northeast Florida.


Cumber is a bilingual small business owner and attorney who represents Jacksonville's 5th District, encompassing the Southside, including San Marco and north Mandarin. Prior to owning her transportation consulting business, she worked as a House Manager at a local battered women's shelter in Nacogdoches. She was also a public-school teacher. She's licensed to practice law in Washington DC and California. 


Prior to the presentation, Missy Davenport will join us as our guest spotlight speaker.


IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.


We look forward to seeing you at our May luncheon! 


JWLA March Luncheon

 Join us for the March JWLA Luncheon on March 10, 2022 at The River Club & Virtually


Pegine Echevarria, Motivational Speaker and author of Called to Lead: Success Strategies for Women

CLE Credit info: 1 CLE credit applied for

LEADERSHIP IS A CALLING. The world needs women who say "YES!" and lead. Learn the fundamentals of women leading powerfully. Laugh as Pegine shares the humanness of women in leadership and business. Connect as she involves you in activities. Walk away refreshed, entertained, and educated by having a Pegine experience.


Pegine's book can be ordered here.

Kindle or Audible versions can be ordered here.


IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.


We look forward to seeing you at our luncheon! 

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February 1, 2022


Join us at Jessie Ball duPont Center on Tuesday, February 1 for a Pathways to the Bench Event. In 2020, JWLA and the JBA YLS introduced the Path to Promotions event with a panel of local attorneys giving advice and insight on strategies for building your practice and advancing your legal career. This year, we are pleased to host a panel of judges from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal, and the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, as well as a member of Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission, to give career advice and insight to consider regarding how to become a judge and what a career as a judge looks like in Florida.



The Honorable Brian Davis

The Honorable Harvey Jay

The Honorable Katie Dearing

Patrick Kilbane

Moderator: Lindsay Tygart



Tuesday, February 1st

Happy Hour 5:15 PM; Panel 6:15 PM



Jessie Ball duPont Center

40 E Adams Street

Jacksonville, FL 32202

(2nd Floor Lecture Hall)



Contact Kayla Herrin at kherrin@smithhulsey.com with any questions.


Click here to REGISTER for the event.

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Bubbles and Bakes Holiday Party

You are cordially invited to join

Nelson Mullins


Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association

for our annual "Bubbles and Bakes" Holiday Party.


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


50 N. Laura St.

41st Floor

Jacksonville, FL 32202


This is a members-only event. Wine, bubbly, baked goods and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Meet and mingle with fellow members as we celebrate the year. Enter into drawings to win a JWLA Apron and a Wine Box sponsored by Phipps Reporting.  


Click here to REGISTER for the event.

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Opening Reception 10/13/21

Meet and mingle with our board, network with members, and learn what you can do to get involved and about our upcoming events for the 2021-2022 year. The event will be catered by Bread and Board and each attendee will receive 2 free drink tickets.


This event is FREE for JWLA Members, so renew or join before the event at www.FAWL.org and start taking advantage of your JWLA and FAWL membership benefits today! 


Non-members and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend! Non-members are $30.


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Freed to Run - Join JWLA Marathon

and/or 5k Team - 11/20/21

Join us in supporting JALA by signing up to participate in JWLA's 5k and/or Marathon Relay Team on Saturday, November 20, 2021. It is a great cause and will be great fun for all! Registration is free and you can join either team or both!


JWLA MARATHON TEAM: To register to be part of the Marathon JWLA Team, register here: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/fretru5/team/885614/


JWLA 5K TEAM: To register to be part of the 5k JWLA Team, register here: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/ftr5k/team/885619/


DONATE:* If you can't be on a team, you can support the team and raise money for JALA by clicking on one of the above links and selecting "donate."


If you have questions about the event, reach out to Penny Schmidt at pschmidt@jaxmediationcenter.com or by phone 904-476-3682.


*Freed to Run donations go directly to Jacksonville Area Legal Aid's endowment for the Northeast Florida Medical Legal Partnership and are matched by the Baptist Health Foundation at 125%.

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JWLA October Luncheon

Join us for the JWLA Luncheon on October 7, 2021 at The River Club

Effective Communications as Leaders: Understanding Generational Expectations



Renée E. Thompson, Esq.

1 General CLE applied for

A 60-minute presentation led by  Renée E. Thompson exploring how different generations interact and communicate with one another and what characteristics each brings to the legal profession. This presentation will address how lawyers can better understand and effectively communicate with their colleagues and also help create work teams that meet their needs.   

IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.

Register Now

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2022 JWLA Judicial Reception


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

TIAA Bank Field - Upper East Club

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


In recognition of its Ruby Red Anniversary, JWLA invites you to join us in celebrating our Judiciary at the annual Judicial Reception at TIAA Bank Field. Together we have been “Forging Forward for 40 years” by breaking down barriers in our legal system, and we will continue to do so for the next 40 years. 

If you have any questions regarding the Judicial Reception or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kathryn E. Stanfill or Hannah Anderson, Directors of Judicial Reception, at Kathryn@HinsonLawPA.com or hannah.anderson@colemantalley.com.


 Register for this event at: https://conta.cc/3IMZKhy.  


Virtual Fireside Chat with Joann Lublin author of Power Moms – How Executive Mothers Navigate Work & Life

Join us for a Virtual Fireside Chat with Joann Lublin author of Power Moms-How Executive Mothers Navigate Work & Life on Thursday, April 28 6:00-7:00 pm via Zoom. We will have an in-depth discussion about her book addressing the lessons and advice in regard to today’s professional women, their families, and their employers, including topics such as working remotely, dumping the guilt, why great parents make great bosses, and what more employers must do to make working parenthood work and retain employees. 


Joann is the author of two books about female business leaders. Her latest is Power Moms published in February 2021. Her first popular leadership book, Earning It: Hard-Won lessons from Trailblazing Women at the top of the Business World, offers insights from 52 high-level executive women about obstacles they overcame.

Joann is the former Management News Editor of The Wall Street Journal. She created its first career advice column, which she wrote until May 2020. Joann shared the Journal's 2003 Pulitzer Prize for stories about corporate scandals. In 2018, she won the Gerald Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest accolade in business journalism. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with honors from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in communications from Stanford University. She lives in Dresher, Pennsylvania.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 


Click here to REGISTER for the event.

Order her book at www.joannlublin.com to join the discussion.

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JWLA February Luncheon

Join us for the February JWLA Luncheon on February 10, 2022 at The River Club & Virtually

Title IX and the Fight for Equity 


Marlynn Jones, Esquire

Marlynn Jones is the Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator for the University of North Florida. She investigates claims of discrimination based on Title VII specifically those claims based of gender, and she provides university-wide training in the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias, the First Amendment and Title IX. Marlynn oversees the university Title IX Committee and serves on the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee, the ADVANCE team for the College of Construction, Engineering and Computing and participated in the group that developed the university’s Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence. Marlynn previously worked as an NCAA Division I compliance officer for over 15 years.


Thank you to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for helping support this event.  #YLDisMe

Register Now

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Call for Judicial Reception Committee Leaders!

Get involved and Learn about the Judicial Reception Committee! 

The Judicial Reception is JWLA’s signature and largest event. The last two Judicial Receptions had over 400 attendees each. This event brings the judiciary and lawyers together. The Judicial Reception will be held on June 8, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field. We need your help to make this event the best one yet! This is a great opportunity to get involved and meet fellow members. 


A lot of our Board members started on the Judicial Reception Committee. Members will assist with the planning and preparation of the event including communicating with the Judiciary, Sponsors, and Attendees. For more information, please contact Judicial Reception Directors Kathryn Stanfill at kathryn@hinsonlawpa.com and Hannah Anderson at hannah.anderson@colemantalley.com.

Dates for upcoming Committee Meetings will be announced soon!


Click on the link below to join or learn more about the JR Committee!


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Making Strides Walk

Join Team JWLA and lets walk together and show our support at the Making Strides of the First Coast Event on October 23. Team JWLA is showing support and raising money for the American Cancer Society’s support services and lifesaving research in the fight against breast cancer. Let’s do this together!

Click here to register or donate

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Stepping into Connections

Stepping into Connections is a walking activity, led by one of our gracious members in a community or geographic area of the member's choosing. We hope to fill each walking activity with law students, seasoned attorneys, judges,  young lawyers, and community members.


We hope you will come host a walk with us! 


Contact Marquita Green at the email below to host a walk.

Email Marquita 

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JWLA & JBA YLS Joint After 5 CLE Event on 9/20/21

Please join the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association and the Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section on September 29 at Intuition Ale Works for an evening of connections and CLE! This event will be worth 1 CLE, with a speakers series for an additional 3 CLE (offered online) to follow. Sponsored by Stephen Strum, MBA | Financial Advisor. Presentation will address "What Keeps You up at Night, Smart Strategies for managing debt." Drinks and Heavy Hors' Devours will be provided. There is no fee to attend this event. 



Click on link below to Register. 


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JWLA April Luncheon

 Join us for the April JWLA Luncheon on April 13, 2022 at The River Club & Virtually


Mike Tanner, President of The Florida Bar

CLE Credit info: 1 General and 1 Professionalism Credit

Join JWLA for a 50-minute presentation on professionalism led by The Florida Bar President Mike Tanner.


IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.


We look forward to seeing you at our luncheon! 


Celebrating 40 Years!

Join JWLA in Celebrating its Past Presidents

Let's come together to connect and mingle and celebrate our Past Presidents. JWLA would like to recognize and honor its Past Presidents for all that they have done over the past 40 years in leading our organization. These Past Presidents have broken through barriers and have promoted gender equality and the leadership roles of our members in the legal profession, judiciary and community at large.  A list of JWLA's Past Presidents can be found here. 

Let's get together to celebrate and enjoy some good food and drinks!



Thursday, March 24, 2022

from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 



Morton's The Steakhouse

(outdoor covered patio)

Sponsored By:

Seaside Claims Services

(special thanks to Matt Igou!)

Seaside Claims Services® is a veteran-owned claims investigations and adjusting agency based in northeast Florida that provides service coverage throughout Florida and Georgia. It provides surveillance, social media scans, SIU, and process service. 

We look forward to celebrating our Past Presidents with You! 


Click here to REGISTER for the event.

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JWLA January Luncheon

Join us for the January JWLA Luncheon on January 13, 2022 at The River Club & Virtually


Jenny Scavino Sieg, FAWL President

1 General CLE credit and 1 Bias Elimination CLE credit

Join us for a presentation led by Jenny Scavino Sieg explaining the organization and structure of FAWL, diversity and inclusion initiatives, what FAWL can do for You, member benefits, and FAWL outlook.   

IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.

Register Now


Dancing into Connections

Join us on for Dancing Into Connections to reconnect, recharge and move - while having fun! All About Ballroom is hosting a 10 class Line Dancing package just for us! Classes will be held the 3rd Thursday of each month on 9/16; 10/21; 11/18; 12/16; 1/20; 2/17; 3/17; 4/21; 5/19; and 6/16 at 6:30 pm. You don't need a dancing partner, special attire or know how to dance But, it is essential that you come to have fun! The 10 class package discount rate is a $120 non-refundable fee payable to the studio on the date of the event. This covers all 10 classes. If you cannot sign up for the package discount rate, please feel free to join us on a class by class basis at $17/class. 

Register by emailing Giselle Carson or Kelli Lueckert

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JWLA November Luncheon

Join us for the JWLA Luncheon on November 18, 2021 at The River Club

How Your Leadership Style Impacts Your Results



Leila Ansart, Leadership Advisor

1 General CLE applied for

It IS possible to create a great culture at work, as well as one in which your team produces consistent results that drive you forward. Join us and learn about different leadership styles, when they are best used, and the caution areas that come with each.  Discover which style is best for your situation, how to adapt when another approach is needed, and brainstorm with your peers on effective leadership approaches.

IN-Person at The River Club and virtual options available.

Register Now

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JWLA and IWIRC HabiJax

Please join JWLA and IWIRC for a joint community service project with HabiJax on October 2, 2021 from 8AM-3PM. To register follow the below instructions:  


Step 1: “Add a New Volunteer to Profile”

Click the down arrow to select “Use Reservation Code” and enter your group code: JWLIWIRC • Once the code has been entered, your scheduled date(s) will appear. 

Step 2: Select Your Reservation Event(s) Click on the desired opportunity/date. Choose time slot(s) and register for the selected event.


Everyone must sign a waiver before the scheduled day which can be accessed by the link. We are only able to have 8 volunteers from JWLA and 4 volunteers from IWIRC due to COVID restrictions. Additionally Habijax has also reinstated their mask policy requiring all volunteers wear a mask while working indoors. Water will be provided for volunteers and we hope to see you for this community service event.

Click here to register

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