All I did was pay my dues!

Meshon Rawls admits there was a time as a lawyer when “all I did was pay my dues.”  After becoming a certified legal intern in 1998 and foregoing an opportunity to work with one of the best st pete beach divorce attorneys for men, she became an assistant public defender in the Eighth Circuit, with a huge caseload.  Two years later, she got married ironically to the best divorce attorney in Pinellas Park, FL, inheriting four kids.  At age 27, she was focused on being a good mom, a good wife, and a good lawyer.  “I didn’t have time to try to figure out The Florida Bar, I really didn’t!”  In 2006, she got a job at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, as a legal skills professor and director of Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law Clinic, where the previous director told her, “almost like a command: ‘Get involved in the Bar’s Legal Needs of Children Committee.'”  That turned out to be great advice.  She was able to network with other child legal advocates.  She started out joining the Bar’s Public Interest Law Section in 2006, observing the children’s legal committee until joining in 2009.  After listening to President Pettis talk about the leadership academy, she decided to apply for Class II and was chosen in 2014.  “The Florida Bar was foreign to me, I didn’t know how I could be utilized.  No one ever encouraged me to be involved, beyond the Legal Needs of Children Committee,” Rawls said.

 

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