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Jax Daily Record Monday, Nov. 4, 200212:00 PM EST

JBA Monthly Luncheon


Thursday, Nov. 21 • 12:15 p.m. • Omni Hotel

Paul I. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1955. He is one of six children of Pablo I. Perez and the late Marta L. Perez. His parents immigrated from Cuba in late 1960 and Paul grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, where he attended Bishop Kenny High School (graduated in 1972) and Jacksonville University from 1972 to 1976. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Jacksonville University, majoring in history and international affairs. He obtained a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Florida in December 1978. He graduated with honors from law school at George Washington University in February 1984.

After law school, Mr. Perez clerked for the Honorable John H. Moore II, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, from 1984 to 1985. Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 1989, he practiced bankruptcy and securities litigation at Smith & Hulsey, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida. From 1989 to 1992, as a federal prosecutor, he successfully prosecuted significant international forfeiture and money laundering cases. Before returning to the United States Attorney’s Office in March 2002, he was a partner at Booth, Arnold & Perez, where he had a general civil and criminal trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts.

On January 28, 2002, the President of the United States, George W. Bush, nominated Mr. Perez to become the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. The U.S. Senate, by unanimous vote, confirmed Mr. Perez on March 8, 2002, and he was sworn into office by Chief Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich on March 18, 2002. Mr. Perez is the chief law enforcement officer for the Middle District, which encompasses 35 counties and is home to 8.3 million Floridians. As the United States Attorney, he supervises more than 100 Assistant United States Attorneys that conduct the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the federal government, the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party, and the collection of debts owed the federal government which are administratively uncollectible.

Mr. Perez is a resident of Atlantic Beach, Florida where he lives with his wife and their three children.

Prize Drawing

Prize package includes: 4 Hand-Blown Martini Glasses, 2 Polo Shirts, Hat, Cooler Martini Shaker and other goodies! You MUST make reservations and you MUST be present to win. Sponsored by Chili’s Bring one non-perishable food item and drop it in the box at this month’s luncheon and receive a special gift at the Chili’s table.

JBA luncheon reservation policy

WHEREAS, there is an increase in the number of Jacksonville Bar Association members making reservations for the monthly luncheon meetings and failing to attend and also a concern for members showing up for the monthly luncheon meetings without a reservation;

WHEREAS, the increase in the number of members making such reservations and failing to appear and those appearing without a reservation results in an increasing costs to be borne by the other Jacksonville Bar Association members; and

WHEREAS, implementing a policy to limit the amount of these increasing losses is desirable

NOW, therefore, be it resolved that:

1. Jacksonville Bar Association members making a reservation for a luncheon meeting and failing to attend will bear the expense of such lunch reservation incurred by the Jacksonville Bar Association in the actual amount of the charge incurred.

2. Such charges will be made beginning on the second such reservation not kept per fiscal year of the Jacksonville Bar Association. That is, a member shall be allowed to miss one (1) meeting for which reservations are made per fiscal year without charge.

3. Cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to a luncheon meeting are sufficient to absolve the member from any financial obligation in connection with that meeting.

4. Jacksonville Bar Association members attending a luncheon meeting without a reservation will bear the expense of such lunch reservation incurred by the Jacksonville Bar Association in the actual amount of the charge incurred. Such charges will be made beginning on the third occurrence per fiscal year.

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