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Lawyer Snapshot: Chardea Murray

Age: 28

Family: Single

Pets: None

Education: Florida State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science & English; Florida A&M University College of Law, Juris Doctor; and John Marshall Law School (Chicago), Master of Laws in Taxation

Admitted to the Bar: April 2012

Employed by: I am the low-income tax director and pro bono coordinator for Three Rivers Legal Services Inc.

Field of practice: Taxation (IRS controversy)

Professional organizations: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., The Jacksonville Bar Association, D.W. Perkins Bar Association, Clay County Bar Association and St. Johns County Bar Association

Community involvement: As a not-for-profit, legal aid tax attorney, I dedicate any extra time and resources to my job at Three Rivers Legal Services Inc.

How did you become involved?

I learned of Three Rivers Legal Services Inc. (Three Rivers) after earning my LL.M. in Taxation at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Immediately after graduating and relocating to Jacksonville, I reached out to Three Rivers and picked up a few pro bono cases. Three Rivers is an incredible organization that provides free legal services to 17 counties in North Florida. The opportunity to have a direct impact on a person's life by bringing peace and resolution to legal problems gave me an indescribable feeling of fulfillment. As my Executive Director Allison Thompson puts it, after completing my first pro bono case "I was hooked" and committed to performing pro bono work.

How can someone else become involved?

Three Rivers invites attorneys of all practice areas to "get hooked" on performing pro bono work for the community. Contact me to discuss how to get involved. I may be reached at (904) 394-7450, ext. 7205, or via email at chardea.murray@trls.org.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

As a new LITC director and pro bono coordinator, every day is a learning process. However, I learned that despite negative propaganda about attorneys and the practice of law, there is a vast amount of selfless lawyers who dedicate countless hours and resources to underserved community members.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

"Mockingjay" (the final book of the Hunger Games) by Suzanne Collins

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