Issue 92 September 19

Last week we welcomed our public defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida which serves Duval, Clay & Nassau Counties, Charlie Cofer. Mr. Cofer gave us an update on what the public defender’s office has been going through the past year and a half due to the pandemic. With the courts being closed last year, court cases surged to over a thousand additional cases. The numbers are finally dropping down to the historic manageable case load.
One of the biggest issues was that funds were withheld from the state because court was not in session. The office managed to made it through by using technology like zoom, but it was explained that there is no substitute for in person court.
This week we honor our past presidents with the annual past presidents’ luncheon. I encourage everyone to come and hear some club history that you might not have otherwise heard or known about. Remember parking is free and the food is good!

Jeff Volpe
2021 1st Vice President


Issue 91 September 12

Last week we welcomed SBMC’s very own networking guru and past president, Jepp Walter. Jepp gave us some insight on the “do’s and don’ts” of networking and how you should conduct yourself at unfamiliar networking events. The biggest takeaway is that one should always listen. One great tip was: When you you just meet a new person, write notes on their business card in order to remember who they are and what they do. Also, have a well-prepared elevator speech when meeting new potential clients.
This week we welcome Charlie Cofer, Public Defender for the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida which serves Duval, Clay & Nassau Counties. So, come on out to network and hear the latest news from the office. Remember parking is free and the food is good.
I hope to see everyone tomorrow at the Y.A.P golf tournament.

Jeff Volpe
2021 1st Vice President


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