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Bethanie Barber

Bethanie Barber is the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association’s Guardian ad Litem Program Director and staff attorney, where she manages the overall operation of the GAL Program, maintains her own caseload, supervises casework of staff and pro bono attorneys, and is responsible for GAL legislative advocacy. She began her work with the Legal Aid Society in 2008 as a staff attorney. In 2012, she was recognized by the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program for her leadership and training to further the mission of the Guardian ad Litem Program. She was also accepted into the 2013 inaugural class of the Florida Bar Wm. Reece Leadership Academy. Ms. Barber received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida in 2003. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida College of Law in 2006. In law school, Ms. Barber received the book award for Gator Team Child clinical studies. Ms. Barber' professional experience includes two years as an Assistant Attorney General, working as an attorney for the Office of Child Support Enforcement under Attorneys General Crist and McCollum. Prior to serving as the Legal Aid Society’s Program Director, Ms. Barber served as the Litigation Director, coordinating special GAL Program legal projects, legislative drafting, and training GAL Program attorneys. Ms. Barber is a member of The Florida Bar, Orange County Bar Association, and is a board member of the Paul C. Perkins Bar Association. She also serves as a member of the Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee.

Guardian ad Litem Program Director · Legal Aid Society of the OCBA · 407-841-8310 · Contact by email

Bruce B. Blackwell

A fifth generation Floridian, Bruce B. Blackwell was raised in rural Marion County, graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in 1968. After service in the United States Air Force, he returned to Florida State in 1972 to pursue a law degree and graduated with honors. He is now a partner with the seven-lawyer law firm of King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A., which specializes in complicated civil litigation. He has been admitted to practice in Florida, Georgia, and New York, and has been a frequent lecturer at seminars on legal ethics and professionalism.

In 2003, Mr. Blackwell received the annual Orange County Bar Association’s Professionalism Award.
Mr. Blackwell has been named to The Best Lawyers in America since 2006, by Florida Trend magazine on all eight statewide lawyer peer reviews in 2004-2011 as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite.” Mr. Blackwell has previously served as the President of the Orange County Bar Association, and on the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar (“BOG”) from 1994-1998.

In 2008, Mr. Blackwell was the recipient of the 2008 American Bar Association’s (ABA) Grassroots
Advocacy Award and was the first Floridian to receive this national award. In June 2008, the Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents awarded him the statewide 2008 Outstanding Voluntary Bar President Award, their highest award. In June 2008, Mr. Blackwell was the recipient of the Outstanding Member Award by the First Central Florida American Inn of Court, its highest award. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Service Award, its highest award for service.

He served from 1998 through 2009 as a member of The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors and as President in 2008. In June 2011 he received the Foundations’s 34 Medal of Honor, the the highest award bestowed by the legal profession in Florida. READ MORE

King, Blackwell, Zehnder & Wermuth, P.A. · 407-422-2472 · Contact by email

The Hon. Alice Blackwell

Judge Alice Blackwell has served as a Circuit Court Judge since her appointment in March 1991.   She has previously served in the Criminal, Civil, Family, and Domestic Violence divisions of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, and she currently sits in Business Court, a complex commercial division of the court.  Judge Blackwell was the first female judge appointed to serve as Administrative Judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Judge Blackwell graduated from Furman University and the University of South Carolina.   Before going on the bench, she was a partner in Broad and Cassel, where she practiced commercial and construction litigation.
Since becoming a judge, Judge Blackwell has received the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Central Florida Chapter, as well as The James G. Glazebrook Memorial Bar Service Award given by the Orange County Bar Association to a judge who exhibits outstanding professionalism.  She has received a number of awards for her work in the area of domestic violence.
Judge Blackwell was elected by her peers to serve as Chair of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges in 2008, and she has served as the Chair of the Supreme Court Commission of Trial Court Performance and Accountability from 1999 to 2009.  Each year, she serves as a faculty member in the Florida New Judges’ College, as well as in the Florida Advanced Judicial College.   Currently, Judge Blackwell also teaches as an adjunct professor at Barry University School of Law.

Orange County Circuit Court · · Contact by email

The. Hon Arthur B. Briskman

United States Bankruptcy Court · 407-648-6365 ·