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SCB’s Associate Starr Brookins – The Great American Teach In

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On November 15, 2018, Associate Starr Brookins participated in The Great American Teach In at Palm River Elementary. Exposing students to what it’s like being a civil defense attorney at Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett, as well as a Hearing Officer. Ms. Brookins also gave the students an opportunity to serve as lawyers and judges, in the debate over whether individuals under 18 years of age should be permitted to vote in elections. Thank you Starr!          …

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Education is Key – Attorney Starr Brookins

By Firm News, Tampa

On November 13, 2018, Associate Starr Brookins mentored scholars at Sheehy Elementary, after being invited by Principal Gadson. Sheehy Elementary is named after Dr. Paul Sheehy, who was one of the first African-American physicians practicing medicine in a segregated society. Ms. Brookins is working with Hillsborough County Schools, and Sheehy Elementary, to motivate our children to remain focused on their education, and to disrupt the school to prison pipeline.

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PACE Center for Girls Hillsborough – Celebrates 20 Years

By Firm News, Tampa

SCB is proud to be a sponsor this year for PACE Center for Girls Hillsborough Chapter.   We Had The Honor Of Attending The PACE Center For Girls Legacy Luncheon Celebrating PACE’s milestone 20 year anniversary SCB’s Attendees Partner – Kelly Charles-Collins  (& Pace Board Member)   Attorneys – Jeffrey Glassman & Starr Brookins Administrative members – Ingrid Doyle,  Tifani Forehand, & Cynthia Chartak   PACE has a statewide network with a local touch. The holistic, strength-based, and asset building PACE…

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“The Bystander Effect.” By Kelly Charles-Collins

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We are pleased to announce that on November 3, 2018, Partner Kelly Charles-Collins had the privilege and great pleasure of presenting her first TEDx talk at TEDx Ocala (www.tedxocala.com). Her journey began in the summer when she had to submit her “idea worth sharing.” She knew she wanted to call people to action. She wanted to inspire and empower people. She wanted to transform minds and souls. She wanted to share something people could relate and aspire to. Share something…

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SCB’ Associate Starr Brookins served as a “Girl Power” panelist for both The Centre for Girls and Joshua’s House

By Firm News, Tampa

On October 27, 2018, Associate Starr Brookins served as a “Girl Power” panelist for both The Centre for Girls and Joshua’s House, after being invited by The Junior League of Tampa. Ms. Brookins had the opportunity to speak with the children about the importance of getting a good education, remaining focused, and finding a career that you are passionate about. Ms. Brookins shared what it was like to be an Attorney at Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett, as well as a…

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Voter Rights Discussion

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On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Attorney Cornelius Demps will serve as the moderator for a Voter Rights Panel Discussion during the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association Quarterly Meeting at the Stetson University College of Law in Downtown Tampa. The hour-long segment will discuss various issues including what the U.S. and Florida Constitutions say about voter rights; election laws and their impact on voters; the Voting Restoration Amendment (“Amendment 4”); the affects voter suppression on the African American and other minority communities;…

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Unconscious Bias and Jury Selection

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

SCB’s Partner Kelly Charles-Collins is presenting at the Trial Advocacy Boot Camp held at the University of Miami September 27th- 30th Kelly will present on the impact of Unconscious Bias in Jury Selection Attendees will learn the importance of voir dire, the methods utilized to question a venire including ethical considerations, and the proper use of cause and peremptory challenges. Become Comfortable & Confident In The Court Room Program Faculty   Kelly Charles-Collins Partner – Smoak Chistolini & Barnett PLLC  Labor…

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South Florida’s 8th Annual Labor employment Law Employment Conference

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

SCB’s Partner Kelly Charles-Collins is a Speaker and Faculty Member for this years Conference being held in Miami Florida. Labor and Employment law developments, presented by some of Florida’s top practitioners in the field Kelly will be speaking about Sexual Harassment and Investigations in the #MeToo Movement What is unlawful sexual harassment the basics; what impact the #METOO and #TIMESUP movements have had on employee behavior and employee complaints; what cultural shifts businesses need to make in the workplace

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ACE Your Workplace Investigations: By Kelly Charles-Collins

By Firm News, Labor & Employment

We are proud to announce the release of a new publication written by our Partner Kelly Charles-Collins Esq. ACE Your Workplace Investigations A Step-by-Step Guide for Avoiding Friction, Covering Your Assets, and Earning Employee Trust Employee complaints are a cost of doing business. If you want to reduce those costs and earn employee trust, you must address employee complaints by conducting effective workplace investigations. But this is not just another CYA guide. Author and Attorney Kelly Charles-Collins, an authority in…

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