Clay County Staff 2017-11-02T12:07:49+00:00

JALA’s Valuable  Team Members

Meet Our Clay County Team

JENNIFER JEROME
Managing Attorney

Phone: (904) 284-8410

Email: jennifer.jerome@jaxlegalaid.org

SUMMARY:
Supervise department staff and interns. Represent clients that are victims of violence in family law civil matters including injunctions, dissolution of marriage, timesharing modifications, temporary relative custody and name changes. Manage grants and grant reports for Legal Assistance to Victims of Violence, Violence Against Women’s Act and Victims of Crime Act. Represent clients in guardian advocacies. Provide advice and counsel on legal matters touching on family law area and bankruptcy.

From 2010 through 2015 supervised re-entry and returning citizen’s program. Interact with community leaders including: Jacksonville Mayor’s Office, Florida Department of Corrections and other community agencies. Report to the Jacksonville Journey Oversight Committee regarding program objectives, funding and outcomes achieved. Comply with federal and city grant requirements. Represent clients in cases that result in removal of civil legal barriers to employment and promote stability after release from incarceration or arrest. These matters include issues arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, sealing or expunction of criminal records, and other civil legal representation. Work involved interaction with various administrative agencies including the Florida Department of Revenue, Florida Department of Highway Safety, Jacksonville Human Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

AREA OF EXPERTISE OR PRACTICES:
Marital and Family Law
Bankruptcy
Re-entry Law
Records Sealing or Expunction
Victim Advocacy

EDUCATION:
Juris Doctor, Florida Coastal School of Law
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, University of North Florida
Victim Services Practitioner, Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
Florida Chapter of the American Inn of Family Courts
Community of Practice of Immigration and Family Law Attorney with the National Immigration Women’s Advocacy Project
Jacksonville Bar Association
Florida Bar Family Law Section Member
Florida Bar Domestic Violence Subcommittee
Domestic Violence Intervention Program- Fourth Judicial Circuit

COURT ADMISSIONS:
Florida
United States District Court- Middle District

HONORS AND AWARDS:
2010 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Florid

MARY DEVRIES
Staff Attorney

Phone: 904-284-8410

Email: mary.devries@jaxlegalaid.org

SUMMARY:
Mary joined JALA in 2017 as a staff attorney in the Clay County office. Prior to working at JALA, Mary worked as an attorney and health care navigator in the Economic Justice Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia.  There she worked with clients to obtain and preserve health coverage and benefits, including through Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.  In addition, she represented clients in state and federal court and administrative hearings to secure, maintain, and preserve their participation in federally assisted housing programs.

Mary started her legal career in the Housing Unit at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri where she worked for 14 years, primarily representing low-income individuals participating in federally assisted housing programs facing interference with their program participation, eviction and homelessness.

EDUCATION:
Mary graduated from St. Louis University with a B.A., magna cum laude, in psychology in 1997.  She received her J.D. and Health Law Certificate from St. Louis University School of Law in 2000.

COURT ADMISSIONS:
Florida – 2017
United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2016
Virginia – 2014
Illinois – 2001
United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2001
Missouri – 2000

JESSICA ROTTERMAN
Paralegal

Phone: 904-284-8410

Email: Jessica.Rotterman@jaxlegalaid.org

Education:

A.S. in Criminal Justice Technology
A.A. from
Florida State College at Jacksonville

Summary:

Jessica Rotterman joined JALA in 2009 and currently serves as the Support Staff Liaison and as a Litigation Paralegal to the firm’s Family Law/Victim Advocacy Unit as well as the Prisoner Re-Entry Program. Mrs. Rotterman’s responsibilities include preparing and filing various legal documents, initial intake interviews, discovery, hearing and trial preparation, and training any new support staff. Prior to working at JALA, Mrs. Rotterman assisted a Sole Practitioner in Texas who specialized in Family Law, Criminal Law, Probate, and Appeals.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

Florida Registered Paralegal
Currently an active volunteer for the Advisory Committee for the Paralegal Studies program at Florida State College at Jacksonville