JALA’s Valuable  Team Members

Meet Our Clay County Team

Deputy Managing Attorney
Phone: (904) 284 8410
Email: deanna.blair@jaxlegalaid.org

Area of Expertise or Practices:

  • Assist clients in foreclosure; defend foreclosure lawsuits, assist with loss mitigation application process and follow up of modification analysis and negotiation.
  • Prepare and attend mediation conferences with clients to resolve foreclosure cases prior to judgment.
  • Represent clients in consumer cases, including identity theft victims, against violations of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Unfair and Deceptive Practices, and Florida Consumer Collection Practices.
  • Provide advice to homeowners facing possible foreclosure, focusing on ways to avoid foreclosure filing through pre-foreclosure loss mitigation and monitoring and advising clients through the loss mitigation process.
  • Train and advise other consumer attorneys on effective use of Federal HAMP loan modification programs.
  • Represent Domestic Violence victims in court proceedings for Requests for Protection from Domestic or Sexual Violence.
  • Advise and represent tenants to identify and challenge prohibited practices by Landlords.
  • Identify systemic violations of consumer protection laws for referral to class actions.
  • Research and advocacy involving Foreclosure Rescue Consultant abuses.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Member 2010 – Present
  • National Consumer Law Center, Member 2010-Present
  • Clay County Bar Association, Member 2010 – Present
  • National Housing Network Learning Alliance, National Council of La Raza
  • Foreclosure Prevention Techniques Instructor


  • B.A. History, University of North Florida
  • J.D. Florida Coastal School of Law
Managing Attorney

Phone: (904) 284-8410
Email: jennifer.jerome@jaxlegalaid.org

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.

Marital and Family Law
Re-entry Law
Records Sealing or Expunction
Victim Advocacy

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

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

United States District Court- Middle District

2010 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Florid


Email: Jessica.Rotterman@jaxlegalaid.org


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


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