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Carrie D. McClain, Esq

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Carrie D. McClain, Esq

Carrie D. McClain, Esq

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Jacksonville Beach, FL

Attorney and Outreach Specialist, Law Office of Carrie McClain and Women In Hemp

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LANGUAGE: English & German 

BAR ADMISSION & EDUCATION 

The Florida Bar, Admitted in July 2008 

Florida Coastal School of Law - Jacksonville, Florida Candidate for Juris Doctor, December 2006 

Activities: FCSL Student Ambassador ; Student Bar Association (SBA) Legislator (5 terms), Creator & Committee Chair of the Mentor/ Mentee program offered by the SBA; Vice President of Women Against Violence Club; Historian of the Sports Law Society University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida Bachelor of Arts, Major - Communications / Minor – Political Science – December 2001 

Activities: Student Government; Student Activities Chair; Pre-law society Florida State College of Jacksonville; formerly, Florida Community College of Jacksonville 

Associate of Science – August 1998 

Activities: Student body activities advisor; Study group leader 

EXPERIENCE 

Medical Cannabis Advocate and Analytical Contributor for Florida Marijuana Program 

Patient advocate and legal advisor for qualified patients seeking medicinal use of marijuana as an option for care as outlined and defined by Florida Statutes and regulated by the Florida Department of Health. Active contributor to roundtable discussions and legal panels for education, research, development and implementation of “Best Practices” for Florida constitutes under the current code. Aid and develop Florida’s implementation of Industrial Hemp via the Federal Farm Bill and subsidiary acts thereunder. Law Offices of Carrie D. McClain – Jacksonville, Florida March 2010 – present Solo Practitioner & Business Manager: Legal representation of clients in the areas of Family law, Probate, Guardianship, and Dependency while also managing and training staff, interns and managing general office administration for business success. Guardian ad Litem, Fourth Judicial Circuit – Jacksonville , FL., August 2011 – February 2014 

Circuit - Volunteer Recruiter: Development of Circuit’s overall recruiting plan through 

target marketing campaign and communication with local and state media outlets, promoting volunteerism and the statewide initiative for child advocacy in Dependency Court. Developed and maintains a network of professional business partners dedicated to promoting program volunteers. Responsible for monthly tracking reports related to program and events data. Volunteer training facilitator, management of committee members and staff aimed at promoting volunteerisms and marketing campaign. 

University of North Florida – Jacksonville, Florida August 2012 - December 2012 

Adjunct Professor of Legal Studies: Professor of legal studies for paralegal studies. 

4th Judicial Circuit of Florida – Jacksonville, Florida March 2007 – March 2010 

Judicial Staff Attorney: Planned and developed judicial staff attorney procedures for probate and guardianship division, conducted in-depth legal research and writing of legal issues before the court, reported directly to the judiciary and supervised support staff. Liaison between judges, attorneys & pro se litigants appearing before the court on probate & guardianship matters. Assisted Senior Court Counsel with preparing the Mental Health Department’s compliance under Florida Statutes and acted as the point of contact for mental health committee member. Actively drafted and prepared legal memorandums for review by judiciary members relating to changing statutory issues. Appointed as Special Master to preside over hearings of special concern within the Criminal Division of the 4th Judicial Circuit. 

LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

Patient advocate and Non-profit Volunteer for several cannabis related grassroots initiatives Nationwide – Developer of Compassionate Communities for Care, and intended 501.(c)(3) - Volunteer Guardian Advocate for the Guardian ad Litem Program. SAMHSA - CWEEP Federal Grant committee member since 2011. FSCJ Advisory Board member since 2011. Happy Hopeful Hoops of Jacksonville, Founder of community based organization for special needs children. 

SUCCESSES & CREDITS 

Florida Appellate credit: GRANTED remand to lower court in a matter relating to alimony and child support of a foreign judgment and its domestication under Federal Regulatory Law and Florida law.