Attorney Paola Parra Harris has started her own family law practice where part of her work will be to offer free quarterly legal clinics.
She will work with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Catholic Charities of Jacksonville and the Hispanic ministry of the Diocese of St. Augustine to promote the free legal service.
She said the firm’s “north star” is a question asked by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
Harris previously practiced at Harris Guidi where her husband, Robert, is a founding partner.
Her new firm is at 6810 St. Augustine Road.
She is a graduate of the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.
Scott appoints three to 4th Circuit JNC
Gov. Rick Scott made 43 appointments to 20 judicial nominating commissions in Florida, including three to the 4th Judicial Circuit’s panel.
The local appointees, all from Jacksonville, are:
• Patrick Joyce, 46, an attorney with Milam, Howard, Nicandri, Dees & Gillam
• Gilbert Feltel Jr., 46, a partner with Tanner Bishop
• Jacob Brown, 44, a partner with Akerman. He is appointed from a list of nominees submitted by The Florida Bar.
Bar seeking nominees for court commission
The Florida Bar is seeking five lawyers to serve four-year terms on the state Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism.
The panel is a steering and long-range planning commission for the creation and implementation of programs promoting the ideals and goals of professionalism, oversees the development of judicial professionalism programs and the teaching of professionalism in law schools, according to a news release.
It also establishes the policies of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and acts as the center’s governing board.
Applications are due by close of business March 25.
They are available on floridabar.org and by calling the Bar at (850) 561-5757.