Director of Membership: Jacqlyn F. Bryant, Esq.

Co-Director of Mentorship Programs: Danielle Martin Esq.


Bridgette Lester completed her undergraduate studies at Jacksonville University. At JU she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communications and Political Science. After graduation, she relocated to Seminole Florida where she served as the Senior District Executive for the Explorer program. 


Mrs. Lester then set her sights on education. She became an Educator with Pinellas County Schools in the fall of 2008. She taught the award winning Broadcast Journalism program at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School and served as a mentor for the Girlfriends program. While being an Educator she also attended the part-time program at Stetson University College of Law. She was recognized in "Who's Who in American Law Schools and Universities," earned a scholarship from the Fred G.Minnis Sr. Bar Association and was honored as a Daniel Burton scholar. Mrs. Lester served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. She currently practices as a criminal law attorney at Trevena, Pontrello & Associates. She still finds time to be actively involved in the schools, church, and the community. 

Tamara Felton-Howard, is the President of Felton-Howard Law, P.A. located in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a cum laude graduate of Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry, Stetson University College of Law where she earned her Masters of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees and the University of Miami where she earned an LLM (Master of Law) in Real Property Development Law.  After law school she served for three years as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Pinellas County before becoming a named partner with now Senator Darryl Rouson in the law firm of Rouson & Dudley, P.A. in 2001.  After working for a few years in private practice, Ms. Felton-Howard became the general counsel for Urban Development Solutions, Inc., an award-winning real estate development firm which specialized in developing commercial properties in urban areas throughout Florida. In 2016, Ms. Felton-Howard founded Felton-Howard Law, P.A.

Tamara’s community work includes an appointment by Governor Jeb Bush as a Commissioner with the Sixth Judicial Circuit Nominating Committee and serving on the Board of Governors of All Children’s Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club – Royal Theatre, the Pinellas Community Foundation, the St. Petersburg chapter of the Sickle Cell Association, and Deuces Live. She is the immediate President of the Fred G. Minnis Bar Association and a member and former officer of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.


 

Co-Director of Mentorship Programs: Amber Cain Esq.

Angelica J. Jones, Esq. is the Managing Attorney of The Reyne Law Group, P.L.L.C. After attending Stetson University College of Law, Ms. Jones practiced civil and criminal litigation in Miami, Florida through 2016. Prior to law school, Ms. Jones attended the Great Bethune-Cookman University where she graduated, Cum Laude, with a Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications.

The Reyne Law Group, P.L.L.C. focuses on civil litigation, criminal litigation, Contracts, Dependency, and Small Business Law. In addition to her work as an attorney, Ms. Jones has worked with organizations such as His House Children’s Home, the Guardian ad Litem Program, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Ms. Jones is also on the board of SLAY YOUR VOTE, a nonprofit organization that seeks to educate and empower women.

Immediate Past-President: Bridgette Lester, Esq.

Director of CLE Programs: Shannon Lignon Esq.

Post-graduation, Charis served as an attorney at Gulfcoast Legal Services, Inc., non-profit legal aid serving indigent clients of Pinellas County providing legal services in the area of foreclosure defense. Soon after, Charis became one of the founders and managing partners of Legally Modern Law Group. While at LML, she discovered her love and appreciation for family law and dependency. She primarily handled most of the Pinellas and Hillsborough county family law and dependency cases.  

In 2015, Charis founded Golden Key Law Group, PLLC. Her practice focuses primarily on Real Estate and Family Law, both fields that she is intensely passionate about. She is an active volunteer of the Guardian ad Litem Program and understands the unique dynamics of every family and the circumstances that can effect the dynamic of the same.She is also an active member of The Canakaris Inn of Court, an association comprising of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who share a passion for professional excellence in family law.

Director of Sponsorship: Tamara Felton-Howard, Esq.

Co-Director of Community Action: Michele K. Rayner, Esq.

Danielle Martin, Esq. is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law. Prior to law school, she obtained her Bachelor Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of South Florida, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a King O’Neal Scholar.

Danielle Martin is Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. Petersburg where she practices labor and employment law, primarily workers’ compensation defense.  She serves on the Grants Committee for the City, County and Local Government Section of the Florida Bar. Also, she volunteers as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.  Also, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Jacqlyn F. Bryant was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and attended college at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Jacqlyn went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. While in law school, Jacqlyn received an award in trial advocacy for Best Advocate in a Preliminary Round in the American Association for Justice, Civil Trial Competition. Jacqlyn also received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award, Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities, and The National Association for Women Lawyers, Outstanding Law Student Award.

Jacqlyn focuses her practice on personal injury law, including workers compensation, and social security disability with the law firm of Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A Jacqlyn is also a member of the Pinellas Chapter, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and was their 2014 recipient of the Leaders in the Law Award. Jacqlyn has previously served as the Parliamentarian for the Fred. G. Minnis Bar Association, 2015-2016 and is proud to currently serve as the Director of Membership for 2017-2018.

Secretary: Angelica Jones, Esq.

Shannon Ligon is the managing member of Ligon Law Group, LLC, earning her Juris Doctor Degree from Florida A&M University College of Law. Ms. Ligon earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida State University while spending time abroad studying International Business at the Universidad de Valencia in Valencia, Spain. She later received her certification in Television & Radio Broadcasting & Production from the CSB School of Broadcasting in 2004. Ms. Ligon has experience in the areas of Entertainment, Media & Business Law, where she has successfully worked within the entertainment and sports industry for the past eight years. Ms. Ligon also serves as Senior Attorney at the Women's Trial Group which handles Personal Injury, Injury to Children, and Wrongful Death cases. 

Ms. Ligon is a member of the Florida Bar and active in a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association: Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Division, the Recording Academy of the Grammy, the National Bar Association and the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association. She serves as founder of her own non-profit, Legacy Entertainment & Arts Foundation, Inc. (L.E.A.F. Inc.) which advances entertainment and the arts by creating scholarships for underprivileged youth. She is also a proud supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

Attorney Michele Rayner is a founder and a partner with Rayner Robinson Shaw, LLC and is an award-winning and highly sought after attorney. Attorney Rayner has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and is a Top-Rated AVVO attorney, and has garnered many community awards. Prior to forming Rayner Robinson Shaw, Attorney Rayner honed her legal skills as a criminal defense attorney for the State of Florida. She later continued her career working with two well-established law firms in the Tampa Bay Area and establishing her own successful solo practice.

Attorney Rayner is passionate about her client’s rights and takes that approach in every matter she handles. She ensures their rights are protected as if they were own family. She has successfully represented clients in criminal, family, civil rights and personal injury matters. Attorney Rayner is committed to serving the Tampa Bay Area, as she is a Clearwater native. She is active in the Pasco County Teen Court, Pinellas County Law Fest and the Clearwater Bar Legal Fair as a volunteer attorney. She also serves on the Florida Bar’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a founding member of the Women Lawyers of Pasco County.

Jamila Little is founder of Little Law P.A., and is licensed to practice law in Florida, and in the Caribbean.  Ms. Little graduated with honors from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in Economics and minored in Business Administration. She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with a concentration in Finance, and worked in the Banking and Finance Industry for several years prior to becoming an attorney. 

Ms. Little served as a Certified Legal Intern with Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, in the felony division, and with Florida International University Immigration and Human Rights Clinic. As a Florida Bar Fellow, Ms. Little worked at the Catholic Charities Legal Services in Miami, FL, where she assisted with several immigration matters, including TPS, VAWA and Asylum for low-income clients. Ms. Little focuses her practice on Immigration, Criminal Defense and General Business Law. Ms. Little dedicates her leisure time to mentoring law students, engaging in pro bono work and is involved in her local church community.

Charis A. Campbell was born and raised in New Providence, Bahamas. In 2002, she moved to South Florida with her family to pursue an education that ultimately led to her career in the legal profession. Charis obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a major in Criminology and a minor in African Studies.

Charis obtained her Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, She also worked at a full-service real estate firm gaining experience in foreclosure and title curative work assisting with the representation of major lending institutions throughout the United States. She was the recipient of the Dean Richard Dillon Excellence in Real Property Award for having shown commitment and interest in the field of real property law.


Originally from Houston, Texas, Carmen S. Miller, Esq. is a current member of the Florida Bar in good standing.  She attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated Magna Cum Laude.  She then graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2006.  She is a former member of the Florida Bar's Juvenile Rules Committee. 


After passing the Florida Bar, she served the people of Tampa Bay as an Assistant Public Defender for over eight years.  She represented thousands of clients in the criminal justice system, through motions, negotiations, hearings, and trials. Now, as a private attorney, she is expanding her legal skills to include civil law, focusing on family and elder law. She is a member of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and volunteers her time to work against wrongful Baker Acts, reducing criminal recidivism and working toward educating people on their human rights.  She is also a member of the local NAACP Branch 5096, serving Clearwater and Upper Pinellas.  She also volunteers her time with Stetson University School of Law Veteran's Initiative.  

Parliamentarian: Jamila Little, Esq. 

Treasurer & Co-Director of Community Action: Shaquana Harper, Esq.

President-Elect: Carmen Miller, Esq. 

President: Charis Campbell, Esq.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Amber M. Cain, Esq., founder of Cain Law, PLLC, completed her Juris Doctorate at Stetson University to prepare for the exciting life of a family law attorney.  After serving as a Mortgage Foreclosure Court Program Specialist for the Sixth Judicial Circuit for two years, and an associate attorney at Bosquez Law, PA with Lindsay Bosquez, Esq., Ms. Cain felt the calling to provide personalized assistance to those in her community.  Ms. Cain believes her positive outlook on life aids her legal career as both a litigator and estate planner. Ms. Cain is dedicated to understanding the needs of her clients, so she can provide both support and education to the individual looking to protect their family, business, financial assets, and valuable possessions.

She strives to provide legal solutions to protect individuals and entrepreneurs who are prepared to take the steps needed to protect their assets and their legacy.

Shaquana Harper, Esq, graduated from Stetson University College of Law with a passion for defending the rights of the disadvantaged. She started her journey at the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County as an Assistant Public Defender where she tried and won numerous cases for her clients. 


In 2014, Ms. Harper joined the fierce team of the 6th Judicial Circuit here in Pinellas-Pasco counties where she continues to exceed expectations.