Lawyer Snapshot: Ramona Chaplin

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  • | 12:00 p.m. January 28, 2013
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Age: 30

Family: Mom, dad, eldest of four and an amazing 7-year-old son.

Pets: None

Education: University of North Florida, bachelor's degree in criminal justice and minor in history. Florida A&M University College of Law.

Admitted to the Bar: October 2009

Employed by: Founder of Ramona S. Chaplin, P.A.

Field of practice: Bankruptcy, personal injury, family law and criminal law.

Professional organizations: The Florida Bar, D.W. Perkins Bar Association.

Community involvement: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid pro bono attorney, 4th Circuit Pro Bono Committee and special assistant public defender pro bono attorney. President-elect of the D.W. Perkins Bar Association.

How did you become involved? After moving back to Jacksonville after taking the Bar exam, I was blessed to have mentors who assisted me in finding organizations to volunteer my time.

How can someone else become involved? Contact Kathy Para to assist with JALA.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience? I was taught that it's one's moral and professional responsibility to give back to their community. No man or woman is an island. We sometimes take for granted the community that we live in. What better way is there to connect with your community and give back? As a volunteer, you certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you.

What was the last book you read or are reading? "You Can't Teach Hungry ... Creating the Multimillion Dollar Law Firm," by John Morgan.