The YLS Board of Governors candidates

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Voting officially begins Monday, June 10, at The Jacksonville Bar Association Office at 841 Prudential Drive, Suite 1320.

It will close at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at The JBA office and re-open at 5 p.m. at the Annual Meeting at MOCA and conclude there at 6:30 p.m. The election results will be announced that evening.

• Eligible voters must be members of The JBA and the YLS. The YLS is limited to members who are 36 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for fewer than five years.

• Voters can choose one candidate for each of the three seats.

Seat 1: Kyle A. Bedran

The Jacksonville Bar Association activities (both current and past):

I have been a member of the Jacksonville Bar since I was a student at Florida Coastal in 2009. Last year I participated as one of the Bachelors to be auctioned off and had the pleasure of promoting such with attorney Phil Vogelsang on Ch. 4.

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

I stayed active with The Florida Bar as a student, most specifically with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. I represented Florida as a part of the 5th Circuit ABA Law School Division while I served as the Executive Lieutenant Governor.

Civic activities:

As an assistant public defender, I also currently serve as the chairman of Vision For Excellence, a nonprofit boys summer camp started by Public Defender Matt Shirk.

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

I would love to push the YLS to build a strong presence in our Downtown community while strengthening our own connections amongst each other. Downtown Jacksonville needs Young Professionals to revitalize what once was the heart of Jacksonville. I think the energetic members of the YLS are exactly what Downtown needs and in return I believe the community will strengthen the YLS.

Seat 1: Jeremy M. Paul

The Jacksonville Bar Association activities (both current and past):

I joined the JBA/YLS in 2012 and currently serve as co-commissioner of the JBA/YLS sports program. I also participated in the JBA/YLS chili cook off and attended the JBA/YLS Noon in June event as a law student.

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

American Bar Association, Litigation Section

The Florida Bar, Business Law Section

Civic activities:

Volunteer Tutor of Adult Students at Learn to Read – 2009-2013

"Celebrity Server" at Clara White Mission annual "Miracle on Ashley St." – 2013

Lawyers on the Links member - – 2012-2013

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

Through a position on the YLS board, I hope to make The JBA more accessible to first year attorneys. It is no secret that many first year attorneys face multiple new expenses after leaving law school, not the least of which include bar association dues. To ease the financial burden and attract new members, many bar associations throughout the state and country offer reduced rates for first year attorneys or free first year membership. Waiving or reducing first year dues would allow new attorneys to get an important introduction into Jacksonville's legal community and expose them to everything the JBA has to offer, ultimately increasing membership and bridging the gap between new attorneys and their established colleagues in Jacksonville's legal community.

Seat 1: Christine Jalovec Bell

The Jacksonville Bar Association activities (both current and past):

The Jacksonville Bar member, 2005 to present

The JBA Intellectual Property Section member, 2009-present

The JBA Corporate and Business Law Section member, 2011-present, and chair, 2011-2012

The JBA Transactional Section vice chair, 2012-2013

The JBA Young Lawyer Section member, 2005-present

The JBA YLS Board of Governors member, 2012-2013

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

Florida Bar Member, 2005 to present

American Bar Association Member, 2005 to present

Intellectual Property Section Member of the ABA, 2012 to present

Civic activities:

Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast member, 2005-2007

Rotaract Club of Florida's First Coast, International Service Chair, 2007-2008

Deermeadows Baptist Church member, 2005 to present

Jacksonville Women Lawyer's Association member, 2006-2008

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

My goal for The Jacksonville Bar Association is to make it more relevant to transactional attorneys. In 2013, I co-developed a three-part CLE lunch series for young lawyers that focused on transactional law issues. I look forward to creating more learning opportunities for young lawyers related to transactional law.

Next year, I look forward to serving as the chair for the Transactional Law Section of the JBA. My goal is to continue working with the great committee members to provide quality CLEs, networking events and socials for The JBA members. The main CLE that will be provided is the Marshall M. Criser, Jr. Transactional Law CLE.

Seat 1: Cynthia Trimmer

The Jacksonville Bar Association Activities (both current and past):

The Jacksonville Bar Association member

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association member

Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar member

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

The Florida Bar member

RPPTL Condominium and Planned Development Committee member

Condominium and Planned Development Committee, Research for RPPTL April 2013 CLE

Construction Law Institute, peer review editor for 6th Annual Construction Law Institute

Construction Law Institute, co-author article for 5th Annual Construction Law Institute

Civic activities:

JALA pro bono attorney

Advance Directives for Seniors 2012-present

Citizenship Day 2012

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

Promote opportunities for young lawyers to get involved in the YLS and The Jacksonville Bar Association in a meaningful way. Increase access to mentorship activities. Explore cooperative projects with other young professional organizations to expand community involvement and visibility.

Seat 1: Shawn A. DeVries

The Jacksonville Bar Association activities (both current and past):

Solo and Small Firms Section member

The JBA Website Committee member

Holiday Senior Project participant

JBA Kickball League participant

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

The Florida Bar YLD member

Civic activities:

Pro Bono Attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Assisted with Citizenship Day with Florida Coastal School of Law and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

The Rotary Club of East Arlington member

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce member

The Jacksonville Jaycees member

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

As a member of the Young Lawyers Section, The Jacksonville Bar Association has welcomed me with open arms and I have been very lucky to find some great mentors who have been more than willing to share their knowledge with me. If elected to the YLS board, I would promote, build, and foster relationships with both experienced attorneys and other YLS members. I would grow and improve our already successful JBA Mentor Program, and would act as a resource to other young attorneys that need assistance. Additionally, I would seek to implement a New Lawyer Training Program to introduce new attorneys to our legal community. Our bar has a long history of collegiality and professionalism and I want to ensure the young lawyers carry that tradition into the future.

Seat 3: Beau Baker (incumbent), Unopposed

The Jacksonville Bar Association Activities (both current and past):

Law Day Committee member and co-chair of Rendezvous on the River fundraiser

The Florida Bar/other Bar association activities:

Co-hosting/Teaching Continuing Legal Education Seminar entitled "Business Contracts A to Z" on July 23, 2012 in Jacksonville

Civic activities:

Gator Bowl Committee board member

The Propeller Club, Port of Jacksonville, board member

Co-hosted Mardi Gras event for Community Connections Jacksonville (2008, 2009 & 2010)

Volunteered for multiple events to support Community Connections Jacksonville and Dreams Come True Jacksonville (2006-2012)


Northeast Florida Marlin Association member

Jacksonville Offshore Fishing Club member

Selva Marina Country Club member

Guys With Ties of Jacksonville Philanthropy board member

University of Florida Alumni Association member

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

I would like to see an initiative launched to get more and more non-lawyers involved in YLS and JBA activities. I feel like the majority of the lay person community is bewildered by what we do and how we do it (as lawyers). I would also like to help volunteer my time and further promote the events and programs that the YLS supports.

Seat 5: Eric Roberson (incumbent), Unopposed

The Jacksonville Bar Association activities:

Young Lawyers Section Board of Governors, 2010 - present

Charity Chili Cook-Off organizer, 2010 - present

Afternoon at the Courthouse co-chair, 2012

Holidays in January Santa, 2013.

Fourth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, 2011 - present

Fourth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee, 2011 - present

The Florida Bar Activities/ other Bar association activities:

Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 2013 - present

Chester Bedell Inn of Court, associate 2009, Barrister 2012 - present

The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service Committee, 2011.

Civic activities:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 2013 - present

JALA Ask-A-Lawyer, 2010 - present

UNF Pre-Law Board of Advisors, 2005 - present

Goals for The Jacksonville Bar Association:

When I was originally elected to the YLS Board of Governors, my goal was to implement online voting. I am pleased to see that goal come to fruition. Moving forward, I would like to find ways to involve the young lawyers that do not work downtown and in the immediate surrounding areas. This may include holding activities at the Town Center, beaches or other locations that make it more convenient for those attorneys to connect with their peers.