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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jun. 20, 201112:00 PM EST

Lawyer Snapshot: Sally Anne Brown

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Name: Sally Anne Brown

Age: 35

Family: Husband, Scott; daughter, Benedicte

Pets: Dog, Tatzen

Education: The University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 2005; Miami University, B.A. in English literature and creative writing, 1998

Admitted to the Bar: 2005 (Florida); 2010 (Georgia)

Employed by: Rogers Towers, P.A.

Field of practice: Commercial and tort litigation

Professional Organizations: The Jacksonville Bar Association, The Florida Bar and State Bar of Georgia.

Community Involvement: Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Junior League of Jacksonville

How did you get involved?
I was asked to serve on the Roast committee for PAL’s premiere annual fundraiser, the Sheriff’s Roast, after which I was asked to serve on PAL’s board of directors. As one of the younger board members, I was given the opportunity to spearhead PAL’s new young professionals group (YPP–Young PAL Professionals).

How can someone else get involved?
If you are between the ages of 21 and 45 and are interested in networking and supporting a worthy cause, you can contact me at [email protected]. Otherwise, to get involved directly with PAL or to learn more about what PAL is doing in our community, visit www.jaxpal.comor contact Lt. Derrick Mitchell at 355-1387 or Renee Naughton at 854-6580.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?
First and foremost, I learned that PAL has a dynamic impact on the well-being and education of kids in our community through its after-school programs. PAL’s six locations serve nearly 2,800 kids in Jacksonville annually through sports, mentoring, teen leadership, after-school educational programs and summer camp. Throughout all of their programs, participants are engaged, encouraged, and mentored by members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. I think it goes without saying that children who cannot go home after school (or go home to an empty home) need somewhere safe to go, and if that place can also provide kids help with homework and teach them karate (or football, basketball or boxing, among other things), then everyone wins. If you’re pro-education, PAL is for you; if you’re anti-obesity, PAL is for you; if you are concerned about the community that your kids are going to be a part of in the future, you should support PAL. Having police officers befriend and mentor at-risk youth is one of the best ways to model good character and to instill civic values that are essential to the health of our whole community. While there are many worthy causes in our community, having seen the positive changes PAL has made in the lives of so many children, I am honored to be a part of this one.

What was the last book you read or are reading?
”Bossypants,” by Tina Fey.

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