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Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

mlk3 Celebrate the MLK Holiday in Love, Peace, & Unity

“Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day. As Arnold Toynbee20 says: Love is the ultimate force that makes for the saving choice of life and good against the damning choice of death and evil. Therefore the first hope in our inventory must be the hope that love is going to have the last word. We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate. Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world.”

* This is an excerpt from a lecture Dr. King delivered  in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo.

Video of Martin Luther King Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

Jacksonville Bar Association Luncheon & Diversity Symposium

 Membership Luncheon

  • When: January 9, 2013 at 12 p.m.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown
  • Speaker:  Karol Corbin Walker. Esq. Ms. Walker is a shareholder at LeClairRyan. She is currently serving as president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.  In 1995, she became the first African American woman to attain partner status at any major New Jersey law firm.

2013 Diversity Symposium

“Diverse Approaches to Legal Business Development”

  • January 9, 2013 (Following the JBA Members Luncheon)
  • 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.


  • 1:30     Opening Remarks: Latasha Fullwood, Esq., Chair of The JBA Diversity Committee
  • 1:35     Marketing to Diverse Audiences  – Ken Matejka, Esq., California attorney, President of an online marketing company for lawyers
  • 2:20     “Rooney Rule” – Sashi Brown, General Counsel of The Jacksonville Jaguars
  • 2:45     Break (10 minutes)
  • 2:55     Interactive Workshop on Cultural Competency – Cal Jackson, Diversity Practitioner
  • 3:20     Diversity in the Workplace  – Juan M. Diaz
  • 3:45     Panel DiscussionModerator: Michael R. Freed, Esq., Past President of the Jacksonville Bar Association.  The panel also will discuss ethical and practical challenges to embracing diversity and how to respond to challenges to diversity.  Panelists: Carol Corbin Walker, Esq., President of National Conference of Bar Presidents; Alicia Edwards, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Florida Coastal School of Law; Susan Hamilton, Esq., Former VP of Diversity and Inclusion, CSX and Jim Kowalski, Esq., Executive Director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

3.5 General CLER Hours Applied for with The Florida Bar

Groups of 3 or more will receive a $20 discount per attendee. Please contact Carla Ortiz at (904)527-7179 or to process your group registration.

Register Today!

Registration Deadline:  Monday, January 7, 2013


Symplicity Document Library: 12 Months of Diversity

12 Months of Diversity

12 Months of Diversity is a resource located in the Document Library of Symplicity. 12 Months of Diversity identifies scholarships, internships, job fairs, and conferences that are available to students throughout the year.

December Opportunity:

The month of December includes the application for the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Programs’ Postgraduate Scholarships for Careers in Athletics.

Click here to access Symplicity


Florida Coastal School of Law Republican Legal Society


Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll

Friday, February 24, 2012


Lunch served at 11:40a.m.

Florida Coastal School of Law

Room 550

In partnership with the Women’s Law Student Association, Military Law Student Association and Black Law Student Association.

RSVP: Chelsi P. Henry, or 904-304-1345

February is Black History Month


 “Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.”  History.Com


Jacksonville Bar Association              

 The Jacksonville Bar Association is offering Florida Coastal students the opportunity to join for a reduced student membership fee of $25 for the current year, which runs from July 1st through June 30th.  There are many benefits to joining the Jacksonville Bar Association.  You can enroll in the JBA Mentoring Program to obtain insight and guidance from experienced attorneys.  Also, you will receive all publications and emails regarding bar activities and can attend all bar events, including the monthly membership luncheons and CLE programs.  These are all great opportunities to network and to learn more about the local legal community.

 If you plan to practice in Jacksonville once you graduate, you should consider joining the Jacksonville Bar Association while you are still a student.  If you plan to practice outside of the Jacksonville area, the CSD will assist you in identifying the voluntary bar association that will be most advantageous in your job search.  To join the Jacksonville Bar Association, complete the membership application at