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Jax Daily Record Monday, Mar. 12, 201806:10 AM EST

Marbut Report: Kalil is JWLA Woman Lawyer of the Year

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University of Florida grad was elected to the county bench in 2012.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Duval County Judge Michelle Kalil was recognized Thursday by the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association as the 2018 Woman Lawyer of the Year.

After graduating in 1998 from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, she was an assistant public defender and then worked in private practice before being elected in 2012 to the county bench.

Association President Jennifer Shoaf Richardson said the selection committee chose Kalil because of her commitment to the legal community and for being a role model for JWLA members.

“She is a fervent member of JWLA with perfect attendance in the past year,” Richardson said.

Get an early start on St. Patrick’s Day

If you’d like to get a head start on the annual Irish holiday, the JWLA, Catholic Lawyers Guild and sponsor Dream Finders Homes are having a St. Patty’s Day networking happy hour for members and their guests at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cowford Chophouse, Downtown at Bay and Ocean streets.

Attendees will be registered to win two tickets to the Dream Finders Homes hospitality chalet at the 17th green during The Players Championship.

Register at jwla.org.

State Attorney’s office selected for research project

The 4th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office is one of four prosecutor’s offices selected for a two-year policy project, “Advancing Prosecutorial Access and Fairness through Data and Innovation.”

The research will be conducted by Florida International University and Loyola University Chicago and also will involve district and state attorneys in Chicago, Milwaukee and Tampa.

The project is part of the “Safety and Justice Challenge,” the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation initiative to reduce jail misuse and overuse as components of reliance on incarceration, particularly affecting members of minority communities.

The study will begin this month with the intent to improve data and analytical capacity, develop performance indicators, amend racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal justice system and improve communication between prosecutors and the public.

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