Speaker Date Topic
Joyce Morgan - City Council Member Jan 18, 2018
Jacksonville City Council District 1
Jacksonville City Council District 1

Elected to the Jacksonville City Council in 2015, Joyce Morgan currently serves on the Rules Committee and the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee. Morgan is best known for consistently holding District 1 Town Hall Meetings every month other than July and December.

Last year Morgan served as City Council Chaplain and her first year, Morgan was appointed to serve as Floor Leader. She also received the "Charles D. Webb Award" her first year. It's the City Council's most presitigious internal award, bestowed annually, by the outgoing President, to the Council Member that best exemplifies the extraordinary committment to public service demonstrated by the late Charles D. Webb during his years on the City Council. Mr. Webb served on the City Council from 1971 until his death in 1976.

Morgan is a former news anchor and reporter, who has nearly three decades in broadcasting and is well known and respected throughout the south. These experiences have exposed her to Arlington and the entire county and have helped sharpen her knowledge and understanding of what is essential to a strong community and city.

Morgan is currently a media and public relations consultant focusing on delving into community outreach for local and regional clients. She has been a lifelong community servant using her communication and public relations experience to volunteer with dozens of organizations from the Bridge of Northeast Florida, PACE Center for Girls, the Diabetes Association, Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society, numerous PTAs, and the Arlington YMCA to educational institutions like Edward Waters College.

Morgan has a host of honors ranging from– media awards to Girl Scouts Women of Distinction and Media Woman of the Year in Atlanta GA. She has also garnered recognition from the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, the YWCA, Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association.

Morgan is married to Dr. Richard Danford, Jr. CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League. They have three children, Faith, Morgan, and Richard Danford III.

Joyce and her family are members of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

Charlie Cofer Feb 01, 2018
History of the Jacksonville Courthouse
History of the Jacksonville Courthouse

Charlie Cofer is the elected Public Defender representing adults and children in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which consists of Duval, Clay and Nassau Counties. He took office in January 2017.

Prior to his position as Public Defender, Mr. Cofer worked as an Assistant Public Defender for 18+ years, 10 years of which was as a member of the office Homicide Team handling thousands of cases.  During his tenure with the office, he served as a Felony Division Chief, Juvenile Division Chief, Chief of County Court and Chief of Circuit Court. 

In 1998 he was nominated by the Fourth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission to fill a vacancy on the Duval County Court (1998).  He was re-elected in 2000, 2006, and 2012.

During his time on the bench, Charlie Cofer handled over 100,000 cases.  He was selected twice to serve as the Duval County Court Administrative Judge by his fellow judges.  He served as Circuit Court Judge and County Court Administrative Judge.

In 2015 Charlie retired as a Duval County Judge in order to run for Public Defender.

Today he will speak to us about the history of the Jacksonville Courthouse

Attorney Blake Harris Feb 15, 2018
The Lawsuit Lottery
The Lawsuit Lottery

S. Blake Harris is a Personal Injury, Probate, and Estate Planning attorney in Jacksonville, FL.

Blake holds a degree in Finance from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Law, a top-tier law school.

In addition to being quoted in ABC, NBC, CBS, FoxNews, The Denver Post, and Market Watch, Blake has ​given numerous continuing education lectures on various areas of the law to CPAs, Financial Advisors, and other ​Attorneys.

Blake is licensed to practice law in Florida and Colorado and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and the Colorado State Bar.