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Jax Daily Record Monday, Jul. 16, 201212:00 PM EST

Lawyer Snapshot: Shannon Schott

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Age: 27

Family: Parents, Helen and Ed, and my sister, Courtney, who is a nurse living in Boston.

Pets: Autumn, a fluffy, white, “froo-froo” dog.

Education: The Bolles School, University of Florida, B.A. 2007, Stetson University College of Law, J.D. 2010

Admitted to the Bar: September 2010

Employed by: The Public Defender’s Office

Field of practice: Criminal defense (felony)

Professional organizations: The Jacksonville Bar Association, The JBA Young Lawyers’ Section, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, ImpactJAX

Community involvement: Junior League of Jacksonville, public affairs committee chairwoman; Jacksonville Area Legal Aid pro bono attorney; Alumnae adviser to Alpha Delta Pi at Jacksonville University.

How did you get involved?

When I moved back to Jacksonville after taking the Bar exam, I was unemployed, bored and restless. In an effort to occupy my time and hopefully find a job, I joined every professional, alumni and community organization possible, including the JWLA. I went to a JWLA lunch and met Kathy Para who, of course, helped me get involved with JALA. I ended up helping with the “Carpe Circa” bachelor/bachelorette auction, which was so much fun!

How can someone else get involved?

Take advantage of professional, alumni and community organizations. You will meet so many people who can offer rewarding volunteer opportunities.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?

We are all needed in the community. A few hours volunteering a month can make a world of difference.

What was the last book you read or are reading?

“The Hunger Games” trilogy.

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