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2020 Keynote Speaker

Martha W. Barnett retired as a partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight LLC where she served in various leadership roles, including the Leader of the Government & Public Law Section and as the Chair of the Directors Committee.  She is a former President of the American Bar Association and Chair of its House of Delegates.   Locally, Ms. Barnett is the Chair of the Board of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.  She is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Every year in May, Law Week is celebrated with National Law Day events throughout the country. Law Week and Law Day, originally proclaimed by President Eisenhower in 1958, celebrates the justice system and its role in democracy.

As part of the national celebration of Law Week, Legal Services of North Florida, the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, and The Florida State University College of Law jointly host a Law Day celebration to recognize attorneys and judges for their service in the 2nd judicial circuit.

The event recognizes volunteer attorneys from throughout the 2nd Judicial Circuit for their dedication to providing pro bono legal services to clients who otherwise would not be able to afford legal representation. Volunteer attorneys provide representation to clients for a variety of civil legal issues including family law, housing, public benefits, employment, education and health care.