Thank you for taking the time to get to know a bit more about me and why I want to serve our community as Suwannee County Judge.
I was born and raised in Live Oak. I grew up under challenging circumstances, which led me to push myself to excel - I did that through academics. Hard work and service to others were instilled in me every day, which compelled me towards my ultimate goal.
I recognize that our judicial system should always be fair and accountable to all Suwannee County citizens. If elected, I promise you that everyone - no matter where you come from, who you know, or how much money you have, will be treated equally.
I have the experience to run an efficient courtroom, knowing that every case is a person’s day in court. I am committed to following the law. With more than a decade of quasi-judicial service to our community, I have presided over more than 20,000 trials and hearings as the Third Circuit Child Support Hearing Officer and General Magistrate.
My promise to every Suwannee County resident is that I will bring my experience, dedication, and commitment to the bench. The residents of Suwannee County deserve a decisive and impartial Judge who is qualified, who leads, and will work hard for them – a Judge who does not have an appearance of impropriety.
Running a courtroom requires patience, the ability to listen, the ability to understand complicated matters, and the compassion to help those who are dealing with life-altering situations. I have that experience - I've been running my own courtroom as the Hearing Officer and Magistrate since 2010.
On August 23, 2022, you will have the opportunity to elect a new Suwannee County Judge. Hopefully, you will never have to appear in my courtroom, but if you do, I will be prepared, professional, and honest. I will give you the time that you deserve. I will listen and render a fair judgment.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my experience and qualifications to serve you as Suwannee County Judge.
I am asking you for your vote on August 23, 2022.
Jennifer was born and raised in Live Oak. She graduated from Suwannee High School as the Valedictorian, attended USF for undergrad, where she graduated with the Highest Honors, and attended UF Law, where she graduated with Honors. Proud to call Live Oak home, Jennifer and her husband, Kevin, have a five-year-old daughter, Kendall. With almost thirty years with the State, Kevin works at Suwannee CI. Kendall attends Suwannee Pineview Elementary, where Jennifer is very active in the APT (22-23 secretary) and the District Advisory Council. Jennifer learned about volunteering in the schools from her mom, Robbie, who retired after thirty years of service in the Suwanne County School System. The Griffins attend First United Methodist Church.
Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office 2005 - 2008
Handled thousands of cases.
Tried jury trials on everything from misdemeanor to murder.
Private Practice 2008 - 2010
Handled criminal, civil and family cases
Child Support Hearing Officer
Presided over Title IV-D child support cases.
Presided over more than 16,000 trials and hearings
General Magistrate 2016 - 2022
Presided over more than 4,000 trials and hearings in the areas of
foreclosure, probate, guardianship, and domestic relations cases.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses Jennifer has taught:
Jennifer led the production of "Mentoring with the Masters," wherein Jennifer interviewed dozens of the legal elite and participated in filming and editing many other videos - approximately fifty videos in all.
Legal articles Jennifer wrote and were published:
Chair of Solo and Small Firm Section, 2018 - 2019. Jennifer's biggest contribution to the section is the creation of the "Wednesday Wisdom" CLE series. Wednesday Wisdom is a monthly free CLE for section members. Jennifer created the concept and has moderated over three dozen CLE's to date.
Locally, Jennifer founded the Young Lawyer's Section, where she served as President from 2009 - 2014. As part of programming, Jennifer hosted several Afternoons at the Courthouse, Bench Bar Breakfasts, and CLE's.
Quoted in The Florida Bar News:
Interviewed by Legal Talk Network:
Filmed and produced How to Schedule a Meeting or Webinar, Using Zoom for the Practice Resource Center for The Florida Bar.
The Florida Bar (2005 - 2021)
Family Law Section of The Florida Bar (2010 - present)
Middle District of Florida Federal Court (2009 - present)
The Association of Florida Magistrates and Hearing Officers, Inc. (2019 - present)
Advent Christian Village Mentoring Scholarship Program Advisory Council
Suwannee County Schools District Advisory Council 2021 to present
Suwannee Primary School Advisory Council (2005 - 2016)
Suwannee Elementary School Advisory Council (2019 - 2020)
Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar (2005 - 2018)
James C. Adkins, Jr., Inn of Court (2013 - 2017)
The Florida Bar, Third Circuit Grievance Committee (2014 - 2016)
The Florida Bar Vision 2016 - Bar Admissions (2013 - 2016)
Young Lawyer's Division, Board of Governor's Representative (2009 - 2015)
Third Judicial Circuit Young Lawyers Section, Founder and President (2009 - 2014)
The Florida Bar Statewide Advertising Grievance Committee (2010 - 2013)
The Florida Bar Ad Hoc Committee to Study SCOPE Program (2012 2013)
Altrusa International of Lake City (2009 - 2011)
Third Circuit Child Advocacy Center, Board of Directors (2008 - 2010)
American Bar Association
FAWL - Third Judicial Circuit (2021-22)
Jennifer has volunteered for multiple years with the following organizations:
Justice Teaching Volunteer
Law Day Volunteer
Constitution Day Volunteer
Rotary Purple Pinkie
Rotary Peace Garden Clean Up
Rotary serves residents at Dacier Manor
Single year projects:
As Rotary President, Jennifer applied for and received a grant to host, "Live Oak Gets Back to Work" - a highly successful job fair that involved hundreds of job applicants and approximately forty community employers.
Suwannee High School, Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors)
University of South Florida, B.A. in Finance, Minor in Music Performance, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors)
University of Florida, J.D., Cum Laude (Honors)
Jennifer for Judge
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