Josiah T. Walls Bar Association Projects

 

PROJECTS (Please click on the links to scroll down to information about the Project)

Minority Law Student Reception
Restoration of Civil Rights
Caring & Sharing Carnival Field Day
JTWBA Meetings

 
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Minority Law Student Reception

This annual event began in 2005 and provides local judges, attorneys, legal scholars and law students with an opportunity to get acquainted with one another. There is no formal agenda, but time is set aside to share the JTWBAs’ goals for the year and for general introductions. It is our hope that this event will be the catalyst for establishing relationships among those in attendance. In past years, 50 – 75 persons have been in attendance.

This years’ reception was held on Thursday September 29, 2011 at the Hampton Inn (Downtown - Gainesville) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Gloria Walker is the chairperson for this event.

Here are some pictures from the 2011 Reception (Click Here For 2010 Photos):

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Restoration of Civil Rights

The Josiah T. Walls Bar Association partners with several other organizations in an effort to assist convicted felons with restoring their civil rights.  JTWBA hosts community empowerment workshops which are geared towards: (1) educating the community about the restoration of civil rights ("RCR") process (2) exploring the effects of disenfranchisement and (3) training attorneys, law students, and other volunteers to assist convicted felons with applying to have their civil rights restored.    

On January 15, 2005, the JTWYLD participated in a community empowerment workshop sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc., ("MLK Commission"). This workshop consisted of a panel of person discussing the process of restoring civil right in Florida.  Following the discussion several members of the JTWBA assisted people with completing the RCR application.  During the months that followed, eight workshops were held to assist other applicants with this process.   Approximately 80 convicted felons applied to have their civil rights restored through these workshops.  Since the initial community empowerment workshop in January 2005, the JTWBA has been committed to supporting efforts related to restoring civil rights.  Meshon Rawls is the coordinator for this project.  If you are interested in becoming involved, need information on upcoming workshops or would like to learn more about the RCR process please contact us.
 
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Caring & Sharing Carnival Field Day

The Carnival Field Day is an event, in which we collaborate with the Law School Volunteer program to provide Caring and Sharing students with an end of the year day that is filled with a number of fun outdoor games and activities. In addition to proving monetary assistance, JTWBA members are encouraged to provide hands on assistance with the activities. Face painting, football toss, cake walk, basket ball, tug-o-war and a hulla hoop contest are a few of the activities that have been included on the agenda. This event which was established by Bonita Young, an attorney, and Karissa Chin-Duncan, a law student, serves as an excellent example of how lawyers and law students can join together and provide a valuable service to our community.

Note: I would like to discuss the design of the home page. I am not excited about the look with all the information that we are incorporating by highlighting 6 events.

 
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JTWBA Meetings

The JTWBA General Body meets quarterly (November, February, May, and August). The meetings will be held at a restaurant located in downtown (Gainesville) from 11:30 – 1 pm. During the quarterly lunch, members will be provided with a summary of the work that has been completed, made aware of upcoming activities, and given an opportunity meet and connect with other legal professionals.

The Executive Board meets monthly on the second Thursday at 5:30 pm. The Executive Board will meet by conference call unless the President calls a face-to-face meeting. All members are welcome to join the conference call but committee members who are working on special project may be specifically asked to participate in the conference call so that we can further the work of the organization. The meeting agenda and materials will be made available prior to the conference call.

 

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