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Jax Daily Record Monday, Mar. 11, 201904:10 AM EST

The Marbut Report: Attorneys volunteer at Wounded Warrior Project

Federal practice seminar is April 29; Yulee attorney suspended; Passport fair scheduled.
by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

In December, Three Rivers Legal Services and Wounded Warrior Project began a partnership to provide free legal services to veterans who are served by Wounded Warrior Project programs.

On Feb. 20, the Family Law Inn of Court participated with 13 attorneys who visited the nonprofit’s headquarters along Belfort Road in South Jacksonville.

In a 30-minute session, they presented overviews of several family law issues and then gave the veterans the opportunity for one-on-one attorney consultations related to their specific cases.

The event was coordinated by Dyvonnda Thurston, the Inn’s outreach chair and one of the participating attorneys.

Federal practice seminar is April 29

The Jacksonville chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s 16th annual Honorable Ralph W. “Buddy” Nimmons Jr. Federal Practice Seminar is 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 at the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse.

Speakers invited include U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Judge Richard Tallman, who serves on the  Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, and University of South Carolina associate law professor Seth Stoughton, a former Tallahassee police officer who is an authority on body-worn cameras.

Nimmons entered private practice after he graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1963.

During his career in Jacksonville, he was an assistant public defender, assistant state attorney and assistant city general counsel.

He was appointed to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court in 1977 and in 1983, appointed to the 1st District Court of Appeal, where he served until 1991.

Nimmons then was appointed to a new seat on the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, which he held until his death in 2003.

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LaVilla School of the Arts student Kingsley Wright, left, and U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Barksdale with a painting Wright donated to the U.S. District Court in Jacksonville.

Art collection grows at federal courthouse

Students from LaVilla School of the Arts visited the Bryan Simpson U.S. Courthouse last week to present their work, 33 paintings of local and national landmarks, to the federal court.

The addition to the court’s inventory of public art was accepted by U.S. District Judge Timothy Corrigan and U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Barksdale.

Each student received a certificate of appreciation, witnesses by their peers, parents and court staff.

This is the fourth consecutive year that fine arts students at the school have donated their work.

 The paintings contributed this year and those from previous years are permanently displayed in the public aeas of the federal courthouse.

Yulee attorney

The state Supreme Court suspended attorney Laura Healan Coggin, 76347 Veterans Way in Yulee, from the practice of law for 30 days, effective Feb. 7.

She also is ordered to pay restitution of $1,700 to a client. 

Coggin was retained to represent a client in 2015, but in 2018, the client learned that Coggin never filed anything on his behalf.

Coggin previously was suspended for 18 months after pleading guilty Nov. 1, 2017, to overcharging two clients and then failing to provide sufficient legal services.

Passport fair is March 23

The Duval County Clerk of Courts passport fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at the Duval County Courthouse.

The event will allow people interested in applying for a passport to do so outside the clerk’s office 8 5 p.m. Monday-Friday business hours.

Street parking is free Downtown on Saturday.

Visit for information regarding passport fees and document requirements.

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