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Lynn Drysdale Received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law and has practiced at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid since 1988. Ms. Drysdale is a nationally known consumer protection advocate, whose work includes representing consumers in individual and class cases, legislative advocacy relating to pay day loans, spot delivery motor vehicle sales, military pension loans, automobile title loans, and predatory mortgage lending and servicing practices. Ms. Drysdale is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and has been a contributing writer for the National Consumer Law Center, the Consumer Financial Services Law Report, and co-authored The Two-Tiered Consumer Financial Services Marketplace: The Fringe Banking System and its Challenge to current Thinking About the Role of Usury Law in Today’s Society, a law review article for the South Carolina Law Review, Volume 51, Spring 2000, Number 3 with distinguished consumer advocate, Kathleen Keest, Esquire. Ms. Drysdale has testified twice before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee, three times before the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve Board and has testified before the Florida Legislature numerous times. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and Florida Coastal Law School. She was awarded the 2002 National Consumer Law Center’s Vern Countryman Consumer Law Award, the 1999 Northeast Florida Consumer Council Consumer Advocate of the Year and the 2001 Florida Bar Foundation’s Steven M. Goldstein Award, First Runner-Up. Ms. Drysdale practices in JALA’s main office in downtown Jacksonville.
Jeffrey M. Hearne is the Advocacy Director of the Tenants’ Rights Project at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., where he has worked since graduating from law school in 2001. His practice focuses primarily on federally subsidized housing and eviction defense. He directly supervises eight attorneys who specialize in landlord-tenant matters. In 2009, he became the Director of the Tenants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law. Through the Clinic, he teaches landlord-tenant law and supervises law students who represent tenants in eviction proceedings. He is currently the co-chair of the Florida Legal Services Housing Umbrella Group and he is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the Housing Justice Network. Mr. Hearne also serves as the First Vice President and Legal Panel Chair of the Miami Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In 2011, the Daily Business Review named him the Most Effective Public Interest Lawyer by the Daily Business Review and in 2012, he was named one of the 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami Dade County. He is admitted to practice in Florida, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Texas (J.D. 2001, B.A., Plan II, 1998).
Jennifer Newton received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her law degree from Loyola University. While a law student, Ms. Newton clerked for Legal Services of Greater Miami, the Honorable Jerald P. Bagley (11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Circuit Court), Southern Legal Counsel, and the EEOC. After graduation from law school, Ms. Newton clerked for the Honorable George J. Larke, Jr. of the 32nd Judicial District Court of Louisiana. Subsequently she joined Florida Legal Services where she was the directing attorney for the Florida Attorneys’ Saving Homes Project, the first statewide pre-foreclosure loan modification program in the country that sought to pair homeowners in distress on their mortgages with volunteer attorneys; at FLS she also was the consumer protection attorney in the Community Justice Project in Miami. Ms. Newton served as counsel in the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington D.C. Currently she is an associate in the Miami office for a statewide law firm specializing in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy and Financial Services. She is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law.
Kevin Thorpe is the senior pastor at Faith Church in Gainesville, Florida, joining the congregation as pastor in 1998. He has years of working with grassroots organizations to influence policy, including economic justice for Florida citizens. Mr. Thorpe is a member of the board of directors for Gainesville HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) and ACTION (Affiliated Congregations To Improve Our Neighborhoods) Network. The ACTION Network is related to PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) United Florida, a state-level organization for which he is a board member. Mr. Thorpe has also served on the Boards for the American Cancer Society, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission of Florida, and African American Accountability Alliance.
Bryant Dunivan is an attorney with the Law Offices of Michael J. Owen, PLLC. He focuses his practice primarily in the fields of Debtor’s Rights, including Foreclosure Defense, Deficiency Defense, Bankruptcy, Fair Debt Collection violations, Fair Credit Reporting violations, and Credit Card/Debt Negotiations and Real Estate, including landlord-tenant matters, easements, purchase contracts, and deed preparation. Mr. Dunivan has a passion for defending consumer rights and seeks to keep all creditors mindful of their duties in collecting said debts. Mr. Dunivan is consistently in the court room advocating on his clients behalf and practices law throughout the entire state of Florida. Prior to becoming a licensed attorney, Mr. Dunivan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. After college, he attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, obtaining his Juris Doctorate. He is a member of the Florida Bar and is admitted to practice in the United States Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is also a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, as well as the National Association of CPS (DCF) Defense Attorneys.
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